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Why Winter Is the Best Season to Use Your Hot Tub

Posted on March 20, 2020

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Let's face it: holidays aside (and sometimes holidays included) winter can be a pretty miserable time of year. And late winter tends to be the worst of all. It gets darker at earlier hours, it's cold out, and stress can come from all the chaos of the holiday seasons — or from the absence once they're over. A hot tub can be a warm, welcome respite from the pressures of winter, which is why so many homeowners love to use their hot tub in winter especially. Hot tubs can offer a number of benefits when used in winter. Here's what makes winter the best time of year to use your hot tub:

Fight Off Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sometimes known as seasonal depression or winter blues, describes feelings of low energy, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of depression specifically during the winter months. It can be caused by the lack of sunlight and the changing hours causing a disruption of the circadian rhythm. It's a mild form of depression, and for many it simply registers as feeling lethargic and tired.

But studies have shown correlations between hot tub use in winter and a reduction of SAD symptoms. The warm water boosts your circadian rhythm, making it easier to sleep in the evening and even helps to reduce serotonin. Ultimately, a soak in the hot tub is a pleasant, relaxing experience, and that can keep at bay those low, fatigued feelings that often weigh us down in winter.

Reduce Stress

While the holidays can be a time to spend with family and friends, they can also be a mad, stressful rush. That stress can build up during the winter, weighing you down and carrying into other aspects of your life, like work or your downtime. Even after the holidays, when everyone returns to their day to day, the sudden shift can be jarring and stressful. People often use their hot tubs to soak off the tension after a long day of work. The same applies to holiday stress. Think about the relaxing feeling of a hot shower. The hot tub has the same effect and moreso, because you can just relax and soak in the water until you feel better.

Watch the Snowfall

Sure, we don't get much snow in San Antonio, but there is an occasional snowfall — especially in December and January. Normally, being out in the snow might be uncomfortably chilly, but watching the first snowfall from the window just isn't as special. With a hot tub, you can get the best of both worlds. You can soak in your hot tub under the open air as the snow falls around you. Catch it on your tongue or fingers while staying comfortable and warm from your seat. There's nothing quite like enjoying the first snow of the year from a hot tub.

Looking for a hot tub to enjoy for the winter and throughout the rest of the year? Contact Paradise Decks & Spas today for more information or come by our showroom to see the selection.

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