Isn’t it wonderful when you find out that something enjoyable can also have health benefits? Well, you can add long, hot baths to that list – they can relieve muscle pain, help you sleep better, and even reduce the symptoms of a cold, which is especially good at this time of year!
Improved quality of sleep
Everyone knows that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but for many people getting a quality eight hours seems completely unattainable. It can be beneficial to go to bed in a cold room, because our body temperatures drop naturally at night, and resting in a cold room signals the production of melatonin, which is the sleeping hormone. That’s why having a warm bath before you go to bed can prepare you for a better night’s sleep. The bath will raise your body temperature, and as you exit and cool down, your body’s production of melatonin will be triggered.
This one might be obvious, because getting into a warm bath feels great, but that feeling can actually have some staying power! Bathing can give you feelings of comfort and easiness, which allows your mind and body to relax.
Relieve muscle pain
The heat from the bath will get your blood moving, which can help to relax sore or tight muscles. Adding Epsom salts to your bath can also help to reduce inflammation in your joints caused by arthritis or other muscular diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salts can also have positive effects on those who suffer from type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. If you suffer from arthritis, click here to read our article about some foods that can also help to reduce your pain.
Reduce the symptoms of a cold
This is something that we might all benefit from at this time of year! The steam from a hot bath will get the blood vessels in your nose moving, which can loosen any mucus blockage.
There are many other benefits to taking a hot bath, including burning calories and soothing irritated skin.
If the difficulty you experience getting using your bath has caused you to avoid it, get in touch with Snowdrop Independent Living. We’ve got a range of accessories for your bathroom that can reduce or eliminate that difficulty.
The Bathing Cushion is simple to use, lowering you gently to the bottom of your bath. Once there, you can either leave a small amount of air in the cushion to act as a back support, or release all the air to lie back and bathe as normal. Once you’ve finished the Bathing Cushion can be re-inflated to lift you back up to the top of the bath.
We’ve also got a selection of affordable grab rails that can give you the support you need to be more confident getting in and out of your bath.
We can also complete full bathroom adaptations that can allow you to maintain your independence in the home you love for longer. Call us on 01437 768383 to speak to a member of our team who’ll be happy to help you decide which option would be best-suited to your situation.