Most everybody likes the idea of relaxing in a hot tub. What’s not to like about taking it easy in warm, massaging, bubbling water? But can there be too much of a good thing? The fact is that most hot tubs run at temperatures several degrees higher than the normal internal body temperature. Time spent in the hot water will eventually cause your internal thermal reading to rise. Spending too much time in a hot tub running at top temperatures can lead to both short term and long term health problems. So, how long should you be in a hot tub? In this article we’ll discuss this question and try to come to some conclusions.
What the Experts Say About How Long Should You Be in A Hot Tub
Hot tub manufacturers, dealers and most medical professionals seem to agree that you shouldn’t spend more than 15 to 30 minutes in a hot tub during any single session. The actual amount of time you can safely spend soaking in your hot tub will depend on several factors which we’ll get into more below. But keeping your soaking times to less than 15 minutes should prevent your body from overheating in most cases. Monitor yourself and your fellow hot tub users to ensure no one is feeling any ill effects due to overheating.
What Affects the Amount of Time You Can Spend in A Hot Tub?
As cited earlier, there are many variables that will affect the amount of time you can safely spend in a hot tub. Some of these factors will affect some people more than others. However, any responsible hot tub user should have a good understanding of how spending too much time in the hot tub can cause problems for a variety of different people.
Hot Tub Temperature
Hot tub water temperature is adjusted using the water heater’s thermostat. The highest recommended temperature is 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, most hot tubs won’t heat the water beyond this temperature. Water temperatures higher than that can cause serious health problems, so don’t try to override this limit. At peak hot tub temperatures, you shouldn’t spend more than 15 minutes in the water. If you want to spend longer in the water, get out and let your body cool down before getting back in. Or you can simply turn down the thermostat and reduce the temperature of the water.
Surrounding Environment Temperature
If the area you’re living in is experiencing a long lasting heatwave and your hot tub is running at top temperature, you may find it very difficult to spend more than 15 minutes submerged in the water. Contrarily, if there’s no sun, heavy gusts of wind and/or the air temperature is below freezing, a 15 minute soak in 40 degree water could be quite enjoyable. Environmental factors will play a role when it comes to how long you can spend in the hot tub.
Health, Age and Other Factors
If you’re pregnant, have a health condition or are using medication, you should speak with your doctor before spending significant amounts of time in a hot tub. In these cases, your body’s thermoregulation processes may not be functioning correctly to allow you deal with high temperatures as you normally would. Similarly, infants and young children may not have the ability to handle high temperatures and should refrain from using a hot tub. You may want to reduce the water temperature to allow a wider range of people to use the hot tub comfortably.
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