How Hydrotherapy Helps Common Sleep Disorders

The average adult requires seven to eight hours of sleep per night to function on a daily basis.  Easy, right?  Not so much, and if you stumbled across this article, you are one of over 80 million people looking for some relief to sleep at night.  I’m part of that 80 million, and being tired all the time can take a toll on your overall health, physically and mentally.  Whether you have narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome or any other sleep problem, please read on! Sleep disorders vary from person to person. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia, which affects over 60 million people in the world.  Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to sleep as long as desired. This condition is broken down into two groups.  Short-term insomnia lasts for up to three weeks, and is often caused by life changes such as a death in the family, a job change, or a new routine.  Long-term insomnia lasts more than four weeks, and is often caused by depression, anxiety, or chronic medical issues. Sleep is affected in many other ways. The following are just a few:

-Chronic Illnesses Sleep problems can be due to a chronic illness, such as diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

-Psychiatric Disorders There is no evidence that sleep disorders are a cause of psychiatric disorders.  But sleep and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression are closely related.

-Stress If high levels of unwanted stress are not properly managed, your health and sense of well-being can suffer. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage stress.

-Menopause Approximately 80% of menopausal women experience hot flashes, which can last for five years. Hot flashes and sweating can make it difficult to sleep.

-Aging Regardless of your age, good restorative sleep is essential to physical health and emotional well-being.

The most common remedies to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders are medications or changing sleep routines.  The safest method to help with sleep is hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy is an age old natural remedy used to cure or ease common health issues. Treatment can be done in baths, pools, showers, saunas, and hot tubs.  Hydrotherapy occurs in forms of both cold water and warm water, depending on one’s ailment. Warm water therapy is the most common form, due to use of these three common components: heat, buoyancy, and massage.  Heat opens up the bloodstream throughout the body, allowing the blood to flow steadily. A common problem for sleep disorders is one having too much blood in the brain, causing difficulty to fall asleep. Steady blood flow throughout the body helps keep excess blood away from the brain, and allows one to fall asleep efficiently.  Heat also raises the body temperature. Higher body temperatures help one fall asleep easier.  Buoyancy reduces the body’s weight in water by 90 percent, helping with exercise and movement.  The massage component helps ease the troubled spots, allowing the body to release the body natural pain killing hormone, endorphins, and allow the body to relax. With all the benefits of hydrotherapy for sleep problems, therapy can be done at home.  At first thought, purchasing a hot tub could get pricey once you consider the cost, placement prep, installation, chemical purchases, and maintenance.  There is one version of a hot tub that is portable, easy to install, eco-friendly, and even budget friendly.  We like to call this tub the Softub.