As you enter the dog days of summer, you may not associate soaking in your hot tub as a means of cooling off. But think about how great slipping into a hot tub would be at the end of the day to melt away your daily stressors. A hot tub is a perfect way to improve your health and wellness routine while relaxing your entire body. 

Whether you’re already a seasoned hot tub owner or you’re thinking about investing in one, it’s important to consider the benefits of soaking in your hot tub for 20 minutes each day. An evening soak will help you melt your stress away while quietly rejuvenating your body and allowing you to recover from a long day. 

1. Promote better sleep

If you struggle to sleep throughout the night or get to the recommended 8 hours of sleep, a 20-minute soak in your hot tub after a long day can help improve your sleep quality. Soaking in a hot tub relieves your body of all the physical, mental, and emotional stress you carry all day, so when you get to bed, your mind doesn’t have to struggle too much to fall asleep.

Studies have shown that passive body heating through hot water immersion has been a proven treatment for insomnia. While you may not suffer from insomnia, many of us don’t get the recommended, and uninterrupted, hours of sleep needed to effectively function the next day. 

2. Reduce stress

Stress is a common occurrence in our everyday lives, and it manifests itself in our bodies in different ways. Think headaches, muscle pains, and digestive issues, just to mention a few. It’s no surprise it can take a toll on you.

One of the best and most natural ways to relieve stress is soaking in a hot tub. The soothing effect of the warm water plus the jet massages help to reduce stress symptoms. You can even boost this stress-relieving effect by accompanying your soaks with soft music, aromatherapy, or low lighting, whichever works for you.

3. Prevent injury

A 20-minute soak in a hot tub can also prevent the risk of injury by loosening tight muscles and boosting blood flow. Whether you work out every day or a few times a week, tight and sore muscles mainly lead to strains and tears, but the warm water in the hot tub prevents this.

4. Ease joint and muscle pain

Spending 20 minutes in a hot tub can also do wonders when it comes to joint and muscle pain. The soothing effect of the warm water takes the weight off your sore joints and muscles, thus easing pain. The warm water also increases blood circulation, which plays a key role in relaxing sore muscles.

If you have conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain, the warm water and the massaging action will ease pain, stiffness, and inflammation (if you add Epsom salts).

5. Improve heart health

Another health benefit of soaking in a hot tub is improved cardiovascular health. A 20-minute soak in a hot tub can significantly raise your heart rate while lowering your blood pressure. The heat in the warm water causes your blood vessels to dilate, thus promoting a smooth and increased blood flow throughout your body.

According to the National Library of Medicine, research conducted in 2016 showed that water immersion heat therapy improves vascular function and blood pressure. Passive heat therapy may also reduce heart-related risks and mortality, especially in individuals with limited exercise capabilities or tolerance.

Your Coventry Hot Tub Experts

The benefits of soaking in a hot tub go beyond relaxing your body after a long day. There are plenty of health and wellness benefits that come with a soak in a hot tub during the dog days of summer. To get the most from soaking in a hot tub, ensure the water temperature is bearable (avoid very hot water), stay hydrated, keep the sessions short, about 20 minutes, and get out of the tub if you feel dizzy.

If you’re ready to purchase a hot tub, give the hot tub experts at The Pool Doctor a call or stop by our hot tub store in Coventry today. We’ve got a number of different models to choose from and we’ll work closely with you to get you the hot tub that best fits your needs. 


The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.  

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end. 

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.