There is no question that soaking in a hot tub is one of the best ways to relax and take advantage of the many health benefits that hydrotherapy provides. If you have recently purchased a Hot Tub, or are thinking about becoming a hot tub owner, you may be wondering what the optimal time to spend in your hot tub is or if it is possible to stay in your hot tub for too long. By being aware of what factors to consider that impact how long you should soak in your hot tub, you can make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
In the article below, we will review which factors that will help you decide how long you should soak as well as what the possible dangers can be of soaking for too long.
Factors to Consider
While there is no black and white rule for how long you should spend in your hot tub, these are some important factors that you should consider first.
The temperature of your hot tub can play a factor in how long you can safely soak for. Some users prefer to keep their water temperature at the maximum level of 104 degrees and others like a cooler setting around the 98-degree mark. The recommended water temperature for your hot tub is usually between 100 – 102 degrees. Keep in mind that the higher the temperature, the shorter your soak should be. If you enjoy spending longer periods of time relaxing in your hot tub, it is advised to turn down the temperature by several degrees.
The external environment is also a big factor in deciding how long you can safely soak for. For example, on really hot days, your body will take longer to cool down which can result in overheating quickly. Conversely, if it is really cold outside, your body may cool down too quickly which can result in becoming dizzy. Make sure to always consider the outdoor temperature and weather conditions when using your hot tub.
If you have certain health conditions, such as a heart condition or are pregnant, you may need to avoid using a hot tub or use sparingly in short sessions. Although soaking in the warm, bubbly water is appealing, it would be best in these cases to consult with your doctor first.
The water depth of your hot tub can also impact how long you should soak for. If you are sitting with the water level up to your neckline, your body is forced to work harder to regulate its internal temperature. To make it easier on yourself, allowing for a longer soak, sit in a position where the water level only reaches your chest.
Dangers to Avoid
Soaking in a hot tub for too long can lead to certain unpleasant or even dangerous health risks.
Especially for those that have sensitive skin, over soaking in a hot tub can result in a mild burn – similar to a sunburn. The skin will hurt, get red and in some cases, blister.
Staying in a hot tub for too long can result in becoming light-headed or dizzy once you get out. This usually passes quickly, but can be dangerous if someone loses their balance and falls.
Your body can overheat if you stay in a hot tub for too long. This can cause symptoms of hypothermia if it is cold outside or even fainting. Other changes in blood flow to the brain can sometimes cause nausea or vomiting.
How Long Should You Soak For?
A good rule of thumb is to soak for 15-30 minutes. Occasionally, a longer soak is usually safe but just make sure you have considered the important factors above and listen to what signals your body is sending you. If in doubt, end your soak. Hot tubs are a wonderful investment for your health, but they do need to be used safely. For more information on the many benefits and features of our hot tubs, click here to Download a buyers guide.