7th May 2024

How Much Time to Spend in Your Hot Tub?

If you've found your way to the cosy, hot soaking world that comes with owning a hot tub, you're in for a treat. There's nothing quite like the feeling of sinking into warm waters after a long day.

It's like a mini holiday in your own backyard, a slice of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
But, how can you make the most of these precious times without overstepping into 'too much of a good thing'?

Let us guide you to finding that sweet spot as well as other considerations to maximise your experience.

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How much time to spend in a Hot Tub?

Finding that perfect balance in our soaking sessions is not easy. However, just like a perfectly brewed cuppa, there's a 'just right' amount of time to enjoy your soak without tipping the scales towards too much.


Why is this important?


Well, staying in the warm embrace of a hot tub for too long can actually start to work against you, affecting your health and safety. Think of it like sunbathing – a bit gives you a lovely glow, but overdo it, and you're looking at a burn. You may overheat so go easy when you start and build up to longer soak time in the hot tub.


Aim to start for 15-30 minutes - when you become a more seasoned soaker you may extend this - just like starting running - don’t go too long and too hard at the start!!

 
This window allows you to fully embrace the relaxation and benefits without overstaying your welcome. It's the sweet spot that keeps you safe while ensuring you step out feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to slip into your comfiest robe and continue the relaxation.


It's all about quality over quantity. A mindful soak within this timeframe can do wonders, making each session something to look forward to.

    The right temperature

    Achieving the ‘right’ temperature of the water is key to enjoying the perfect soak.

     
    Just like a sauna - some like it hotter than others. The right temperature is what you feel comfortable in. A little discomfort is normal for hot tubs and ice baths but you also have to feel in control. But the average soak for a hot tub can be from 37C up to 45C - the upper end is quote HOT - so work your way up to this and always check the temperature before you hop in any water.


    The trick is to find the spot where relaxation meets safety, allowing you to unwind without overheating.


    Water that's too hot can lead to overheating, making your heart work harder as it tries to cool your body down. On the flip side, water that's not warm enough might not give you that soothing experience you're after.

     
    Sticking to what feels right for you and finding that ideal temperature range will ensure every minute of your soak is as beneficial as it can be, letting you build up and linger a little longer from the recommended 15-30-minute.

      Listening to your body

      Your body knows best, and it'll give you hints if anything's off. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or uncomfortably hot? These are signs it's time to step out and cool down.

      It's all about enjoying the moment without pushing your limits. If you start to feel any discomfort, it's your body's way of saying, 'Alright, that's enough for now.'

      Listen to these cues.

        Maximising your hot tub experience

        To turn every hot tub session into a slice of paradise, here are some handy tips to keep in mind.

        By incorporating these tips into your routine, you'll ensure each hot tub session is not only enjoyable but also tailored to your well-being and safety.

          Staying Hydrated


          • Keep Water Handy: Sipping on water before, during, and after your soak helps counter the dehydrating effects of the heat. Keep a bottle of water within arm's reach.
          • Avoid Alcohol: It might be tempting to enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine in the tub, but alcohol can increase dehydration and affect your body's ability to regulate temperature.


          Varying Soak Times


          • Morning Starter: Start your day with a shorter, soothing soak. A 10-15 minute session can ease you into the day - some call it a liquid sauna - which can set you up to handle anything, instead of the jitters from a double shot coffee!!!
          • Evening Unwind: After a long day, extend your soak to 20-30 minutes under the stars for deep relaxation and to prepare your body for a good night's sleep.
          • Listen to Your Needs: Some days you might need just a quick dip to rejuvenate, while other times a longer soak will be more beneficial. Tune into what your body and mind need.


          Prioritising Safety


          • Buddy System: Especially if you enjoy longer soaks, having someone nearby or aware that you're in the hot tub can add an extra layer of safety.
          • Hydration Alert: Keep an eye on how much water you're drinking to stay hydrated. Setting a timer to remind yourself to drink water can be a helpful nudge.
          • Take Breaks: If you prefer longer sessions, take short breaks every 15-20 minutes to cool down and check in with how you're feeling.

            Is it okay to go in your Hot Tub every night/day?

            Yes, it's generally okay to use your hot tub every day or night, provided you follow a few key guidelines to ensure your safety and well-being.

             
            Regular hot tub use can offer numerous benefits, including stress relief, muscle relaxation, and improved sleep patterns. However, it's important to:


            • Keep the water temperature at a safe level, ideally between 37°C and 40°C.
            • Limit your soak time to avoid overheating, typically to 15-30 minutes per session.
            • Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your hot tub use.
            • Listen to your body's signals; if you feel dizzy, overheated, or uncomfortable, it's time to get out.
            • Ensure proper hot tub maintenance to keep the water clean and balanced.

              Special Considerations

              Here are two important points to consider when it comes to enjoying those blissful warm waters. This is to ensure everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.

                Kids in the Hot Tub


                Little ones might be eager to jump in and join the fun, but their time in the water needs a bit of adjustment. For children, think shorter sessions and cooler water.

                Aim for no more than 10 minutes and keep the temperature a tad lower than the usual range, around 35°C, to suit their smaller bodies better.
                It's all about making sure they have fun while keeping their well-being front and centre.


                Health Conditions


                For those navigating health conditions, a quick chat with a healthcare professional before soaking is a wise move.

                Whether it's blood pressure concerns, heart conditions, or pregnancy, getting that green light from a doctor ensures your hot tub time supports your health rather than complicating it.

                After all, the goal is relaxation and rejuvenation!

                  What the Heavenly Saunas Team love about soaking in a Hot Tub

                  There is nothing better than soaking in a traditional Finnish hot tub on a clear night and just taking in the stars. Our tubs are amazing - they have been made in Finland and heat up to 40c within 2-3 hours. Super efficient we just can’t convey how much a traditional hot tub can add to your own wellness regime. Liquid saunas are awesome!!

                  Conclusion


                  Hot tubs offer a unique blend of relaxation and joy, a sanctuary right in your backyard. Every dip in those warm, inviting hot tub waters is an opportunity to unwind, reflect, and rejuvenate. But, find the perfect balance.

                  By listening to your body and adhering to the guidelines we've discussed, you're setting yourself up for a safe and thoroughly enjoyable experience every time.

                  If you're looking to elevate your home with the luxury of a hot tub, the team at Heavenly Saunas is ready to connect! Our cedar hot tubs combine the timeless appeal of natural wood with the latest in soaking comfort.

                  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

                  What should I look for when buying a Hot Tub?


                  We’re glad you asked, it’s a great question! There are several important things to consider when buying a Hot Tub and we’ve answered this perfectly in a recent article - What to Avoid When Buying a Hot Tub. Check it out to learn more!


                  What’s the average time to spend in your hot tub?


                  Aim for 15-30 minutes to fully benefit from the relaxation.

                  How often should I clean my hot tub?


                  Regular maintenance is crucial. Check the water chemistry 2-3 times a week and give your hot tub a thorough cleaning every 3-4 months.

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