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hot tub chemicals FAQ

Hot Tub Chemicals FAQ

We all love a good dip in a cosy bubbling hot tub. But hot tubs need a little looking after to keep them performing at their best.

You’ll be pleased to know that just a quick check a few times a week and the right balance of chemicals is all you need for worry-free bathing. We’ve compiled some of our most commonly asked questions about hot tub chemistry in this handy hot tub chemicals FAQ blog.

How do I balance hot tub water?

Hot tubs require a balance of chemicals to keep them running safely and efficiently. Firstly though, measuring the ‘Total Alkalinity’ of the water is required to give you a pH reading. Aiming between 7.2 and 7.8 on the scale is where you need to be. Anything below is too acidic meaning that the water sanitisers become less effective and cause irritation to bathers’ skin and eyes. Acidity can also cause damage to your hot tub. A reading higher than 7.8 is too alkaline which also causes the chemicals to be less effective. It may also cause scale building up producing cloudy, foamy water. Use a pH testing strip to test your water before adding any chemical balancer.

Oops – I’ve added too much chlorine

Chlorine is a great sanitiser, killing germs and bacteria to keep you safe from infection whilst bathing. 5ppm is the recommended level of chlorine for safe hot tub use. If you’ve added too much, run the jets with the cover open for at least 30 minutes and test again to see if the level has gone down or purchase some chlorine reducer which will help bring the levels down quickly. If you’ve added way too much, then the only options are to either drain and little and dilute it or drain completely and re-fill. Do not use the tub if there is too much chlorine added. Your skin will not thank you!

How long after I’ve added chemicals can I use my tub?

ALWAYS TEST THE WATER BEFORE GETTING IN TO ENSURE SAFETY AND COMFORT. Put the jets on and leave the tub uncovered for 20 minutes after you’ve added the chemical. Generally, chlorine granules will take 10-15 minutes to dilute and disperse with the jets running. If you have added a non-shock formula, then leave around 2-3 hours before re-testing and climbing in.

Why do I have foamy water?

Foamy water is generally caused by detergent residues from swimming costumes, or soaps and oils. There’s no need to wash your swimming costume each time you use your tub, simply rinse the costume in clean water and hang out to dry. You could also try showering in your costume before you jump in to rinse any residue away. If foam is a persistent problem, then adding an anti-foam solution such as Ez-Bubble Burst will prevent build up restoring your bubbles.

Why are my hot tub chemicals not dissolving?

The best way of dissolving granules is to mix in a jug prior to adding to the tub. Undissolved granules left at the bottom of the tub can cause damage to the acrylic.

How long do hot tub chemicals last?

The expiry date for chlorine or bromine is usually 2 years from the manufacture date. Always check the date on the side of your hot tub chemicals and use within the recommended timescale.

Can hot tub chemicals be stored outside?

Hot tub chemicals are sensitive to heat and moisture so storing them in a cool, dry place is recommended to preserve their effectiveness. Direct sunlight is the enemy of chemicals and prolonged exposure may render them useless. Avoid extreme hot and cold temperatures. Storing them inside in a lockable container is the best way to preserve the effectiveness of the chemicals.

What is hot tub shock?

‘Shocking’ your hot tub water means adding the recommended level of chlorine to your tub to bring the pH level back to a safe bathing range.

Do I have to use chemicals in a hot tub?

The short answer is yes. If you do not add chemicals to your tub it’s likely that it will only be useable for a day without draining it and starting again. Pretty time consuming and pointless! For those worried about chemicals such as chlorine affecting skin, if the correct dosage has been added and you’re not bathing for a prolonged period of time and showering afterwards, it’s unlikely your skin will be affected.

Bromine is another alternative to chlorine if you are concerned about the chlorine smell or you have sensitive skin. Bromine is great for hot tubs as it destroys bacteria at high temperatures very effectively. The amount of bromine needed compared to chlorine is less, which may also save you some pennies.

If you would like any further advice about hot tub chemicals then please contact our helpful team for clarity.

are hot tubs good for you

Are hot tubs good for you?

You may have heard about some of the health and wellbeing benefits of immersion in water. But are hot tubs good for you?

When and how should you use them? We give you the lowdown on how to use hot tubs for optimum health benefits.

Exercise & yoga

If you fancy boosting the wellbeing benefits of using a hot tub, then why not try some simple exercises or yoga during bathing? Stretching and strengthening muscles are both great ways to build core strength and help you retain good posture. Exercises may be particularly beneficial to the elderly or those sat at a desk on a daily basis, helping to restore posture.

Tired & stiff joints or muscles

If you’re feeling a little creaky or you’ve been training hard, your joints or muscles may feel like they need a little TLC. The calming and soothing effects of warm water will really help with these niggles, providing medication-free relief. Similarly, if you have a condition such as arthritis, then the warm water and jets in a hot tub will boost circulation, offering some respite from symptoms.

Use in short bursts

One instance where a hot tub may not be good for you is if you stay in for too long. As the water is usually slightly warmer than body temperature, hot tubs raise your core body temperature. Staying in for too long could make you feel woozy, nauseous or faint. It’s recommended to stay in for 15 – 20 minutes at a time and ensure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated whilst bathing.

Good for your mental wellbeing too

What better way to switch off at the end of a long day that with a good soak? Bathing in a hot tub allows you time to think, focus or perhaps enjoy a spot of meditation. As the warm water raises body temperature, bathing in the evening can aid sleep, which in turn will help with your overall wellbeing.

When to seek professional advice

Occasionally, a hot tub may not be suitable for an individual. It’s always best to check with your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure or you may be pregnant.

Potential issues

You may have heard stories of skin complaints, Legionnaires disease and other nasties that can be associated with bathing in a hot tub. All these problems can be completely avoided with correct chemical balance, regular filter cleaning and draining a hot tub on a regular basis after high usage. Hydropool hot tubs are so easy to maintain. If in doubt, Yorkshire Hot Tubs are on hand to service your hot tub so you can sit back, and bathe worry-free.

If you would like more information on our range of tubs, then please browse our range.

Avoid heat loss

How can you avoid heat loss from your hot tub?

In cooler weather, you may be conscious of the running costs of your hot tub.

The last thing you want at this time of year is unnecessary heat loss from your tub that can increase your electric bills.
Thankfully, with a Hydropool hot tub there are several innovative features to help retain the precious heat produced and avoid heat loss. You’ll save pennies so you can enjoy worry-free bathing the whole winter long.

Good quality cover

Perhaps the most important feature of your hot tub is a good quality cover. 80% of heat loss is through a poorly manufactured cover, so it pays in the long run to invest in a high-quality product that secures the heat. As heat naturally rises, the Hydrowise Thermal Shield hard cover offers unbeatable protection against heat loss when your tub is not in use. An insulated baffle in the fold area also helps avoid heat loss. This clever technology locks the heat in and stop cold air entering the tub.

Choose superior insulation

All Hydropool tubs and spas are manufactured using Nasa inspired insulation in the cabinet for minimum heat loss. Triple thermal shield technology insulation and aluminium foil reflects heat back into the tub area. In addition, black backing around the pipes maximises heat absorption.

Guarding against heat loss

It makes sense that by far the biggest heat loss period is through using your tub at the coldest times of the year. Thankfully for heat loss prevention, Hydropool have created a patented heat exchange system.

  • Eco heat exchange technology. Fully adjustable HydroWise venting for Summer and Winter
  • Motor waste heat recycled – eco-heat exchange venting expels heat in the summer and traps heat in the winter
  • Fully programmable controls. Turn down the heat when you know your hot tub will not be used. Turn up the heat when it’s frequently used.

In fact, Hydropool are ranked in the top three for the most energy efficient tubs on the market.

Screening around your tub

No-one enjoys hot tubbing in a wind tunnel! Think about the prevailing wind direction when planning the position of your tub and design your garden to protect your tub from the elements. Planting climbers or fast-growing shrubs will provide a natural wind break. The addition of a gazebo will also help shield your tub. Not only will taking these steps prevent cooler air from reaching your tub, but they will also provide privacy.

Give the jets a rest

When you turn on the jets, air is pushed through which lowers the overall temperature of your tub. One way of conserving heat is to use the jets less during bathing in the winter.

Filter Cartridges and Plumbing

Proper hot tub maintenance in the winter also helps conserve heat. Look after your filters by ensuring they are cleaned as often as needed. A clogged filter will affect the performance of your tub and use more energy maintaining the desired temperature.

If you would like help maintaining your hot tub, then give the experts at Yorkshire Hot Tubs a call to book in a service appointment.

Banish the winter blues

Banish those winter blues

As the nights are drawing in and we come closer to the shortest day of the year, many of us find that the lack of natural daylight, sniffles and miserable weather make us feel a bit down in the dumps.

There’s no reason to let this time of year get you down! We suggest some ways you can use a hot tub or swim spa to banish the blues and enjoy the small things that make this season great (besides rolling in the snow naked 😂)

Go out with a bang 🎆🎇

Create a night to remember by jumping in your hot tub on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a free luxurious firework show from the comfort of your very own hot tub or swim spa!

Add some mood lighting ✨

Why not accept the short daytime and embrace the early darkness? Taking a dip in your hot tub at nightfall is both atmospheric and calming. Our range of hot tub lighting options create added ambience. You could even add some candles lanterns on your deck or hang fairy lights around your hot tub area to create ambience in the darkness.

Embrace the weather ❄

On particularly frosty mornings, there’s nothing quite like an invigorating hot tub to set you up for the day. Watching the steam rising and reacting with the cold air is strangely therapeutic. If we’re lucky enough for snowfall in the forecast this year, then head straight to your tub for an authentic alpine experience!

Soothe a sniffle 🤧

If you’re struggling with a pesky cold, your hot tub could be your saviour! Try adding some Dream Scents Spearmint & Eucalyptus aromatherapy for soothing relief from blocked sinuses and chesty coughs. The rising steam will give you some much-needed comfort when you’re under the weather. Couple with a soothing hot lemon and honey drink for the ultimate remedy.

Organise a gathering 🎉

There’s nothing quite like the company of good friends or family to give you a boost when you’re suffering from the winter blues. Invite the gang round for some comfort food and a dip in the tub for some therapy.

Work it out 🏊‍♀‍

During winter, it’s easy to become sluggish and lethargic when it comes to exercise. Finding motivation when all you want to do is snuggle under the duvet is a challenge! There’s no need to feel that way if you have a swim spa though. The warm water will lure you in whatever the weather, ensuring you continue to keep fit and active during the winter season. You may need it after all that comfort food!

Be kind to yourself ❤

If you don’t have a hot tub, why not book yourself a spa day? Or contact us for wet test and see how amazing our tubs are! Contact us for more information and banish those winter blues!

moving a hot tub

Hot tubs and moving house

Don’t forget about your hot tub during the move!

Moving to a new house and wondering how to shift your tub? Or recently bought a house with a hot tub? Either way, you’ll need the help of the professionals to manage the process. Our hot tub moving service makes it a breeze, allowing you to juggle everything else involved when moving house.

Minimise the stress

When thinking about the top 5 most stressful situations in life, moving to a new house has got to be near the top of the list. Between juggling solicitors, estate agents and organising the packing, thinking about how to move your hot tub will probably be the last thing on your mind.

If you can’t bear to leave your hot tub behind, then you’ll need expert help to safely transfer it to your next abode. This is where the professionals at Yorkshire Hot Tubs come in. With almost 10 years’ experience installing, repairing and moving hot tubs, we have the tools to handle any move with the utmost care and precision. From a penthouse apartment, to a tiny alleyway, we won’t be beaten. We’ve moved hot tubs and swim spas with tractors, cranes and even helicopters!

Prep is essential

If the grounds of your next property need preparing prior to installing your tub or spa, then we can also help with that. You may want to sink your tub into the ground, in which case it’ll require some groundworks in terms of laying a foundation. We can arrange all this for you; all we need is to visit the site to discuss your exact needs and our team can handle the rest.

Looking for an upgrade?

Is your move signalling the need to upgrade your tub? Hydropool should be your first choice for luxury and technology that’s guaranteed for years to come. Hydropool has over 25 years’ experience in the bathing industry, and with that knowledge comes a product that’s built to last. With continuous innovation, you can choose from the very latest gadgets and extras to build a bespoke hot tub to fully enhance your experience.

Inherited a hot tub?

If you’ve recently moved into a property with a hot tub in the garden, then lucky you! We’re confident you’ll enjoy many years of happy bathing. But what if your vision of a spa sanctuary looks more frog pond than bubbling bliss? No need to panic! With the help of some magic chemicals, a shiny new filter and a touch of elbow grease, within just a few hours we transform any neglected algae-filled swamp into a crystal-clear lagoon.

Keeping your tub protected

A quality hot tub cover is essential for keeping heat trapped in. If your cover is sagging or damaged, then we can easily order in a replacement for you. If the outer cabinetry is damaged we can help with restoration. We handle all repairs to the outer cabinet, including re-coating or replacing as necessary.

If you need help moving a hot tub or swim spa, we’d love to help. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll let you know how we can help.

best time to enjoy a hot tub

What’s the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub?

If you are lucky enough to own a hot tub, you want to make sure you gain the maximum benefit, both health and investment-wise.

It’s recommended that you use a hot tub for around 15 minutes several times a week. But what is the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub? Let us give you some of our favourite ideas…

Begin the day with a dip

Before you head to work:

If you need a little help waking up or getting ready for the day ahead, why not try an early morning hot tub to awaken your senses and joints? You may be preparing for a big meeting or have a job interview to attend. A spot of meditation before work may help you focus and perform better. You could try adding some invigorating aromatherapy fragrances from DreamScents. Or why not try some hot tub exercises or yoga poses to awaken your muscles?

Weekends before a lazy breakfast:

Enjoy a lazy Sunday morning dip to gently start the day ahead. It’ll work up an appetite for your favourite breakfast and start the day off leisurely. It could also blow away the cobwebs from the night before!

An afternoon summer party

Host a gathering:

What better way to enhance a summer BBQ than by inviting friends or family round to share a hot tub together? It’s a guaranteed way for your guests to relax, chat and spend some quality time together. The kids love a pool party, so why not let them invite their mates to enjoy their very own party in a tub?

Evening relaxation

After exercise:

One of the most relaxing times of the day to enjoy a hot tub is after a workout. Soothe your aching muscles by spending a few moments in a lovely bubbling hot tub. The targeted jets will bring welcome relief after any form of exercise, aiding muscle recovery, blood flow and wellbeing; especially after cardiovascular exercises.

To aid sleep:

Ditch your phone and shelve the boxset to carve some time out together with an evening hot tub. Evening immersion helps both body and mind signal it’s time to calm the stresses of the day and become ready for bed.

Embrace the dark nights:

Rather than huddling round a bonfire this 5th November, why not watch the fireworks from the warmth of your hot tub for an awesome display? Or celebrate the year end in style and enjoy a midnight dip in the hot tub on New Year’s Eve! Pop the champers and create a New Years to remember!

Make it your routine

Soaking in your tub at your favourite time of day in the week will regularly become your routine. It will quickly become part of your warm down after exercise, or before you head off to bed at night. You’ll quickly find the best time of day to enjoy a hot tub.

If you’d like to know more about our range of luxury Hydropool self-cleaning hot tubs, then give us a call or pop into our Ilkley showroom for a chat.

hot tub myths

Hot tub myths – busted!

Are you considering buying a hot tub?

Heard some hot tub myths that have concerned you?

We’re here to dispel the most common hot tub myths, so you can sit back and purchase worry-free.

Myth 1: You must use chlorine

If you’re adverse to the thought of bathing in chlorine, don’t worry! There are alternatives that still give you all the sanitation without that distinctive swimming pool aroma.
Bromine is an alternative sanitising chemical that works best at higher temperatures, so perfect for use in a hot tub. It also doesn’t have the distinctive chlorine odour.
With saltwater technology, your hot tub is sanitised more naturally. HydroClear patented technology purifies water using 50% less chemicals. By utilising ozone, the water is oxidised naturally, passing through a UV light. The combination of the two creates more oxygen to reduce calcium or biofilm build up in the pipes.

It’s worth mentioning that if you have the correct balance of chemicals and the right pH level when using chlorine, the smell should be only slight.

Myth 2: Hot tubs take a lot of maintaining

Not true! A quick 5-minute check every week is all it takes to check that your hot tub is sanitary and safe to use. Testing and topping up of chemicals will become part of your routine. Hydropool’s Self-Cleaning models filter 100% of the water in just 15 minutes so you’re reassured of hygienic water that’s safe for all the family and your friends. Yorkshire Hot Tubs also offer comprehensive service packages to maintain the parts within your tub. Contact us for more info.

Myth 3: Hot tubs are expensive to run

Think your electric bills will skyrocket when you plug in your tub? No way! Thanks to Hydropool’s superior quality insulation guarding against unnecessary heat loss, you’ll be confident that that your electricity is not being wasted. For pennies a day, you can keep your hot tub running at 37 degrees constantly.

Myth 4: The more jets the better

Not necessarily. Whilst you may think a hot tub jam-packed with jets will give you a better massage experience, Hydropool jets are fully targeted to key areas of your body depending on seat depth. Trying the different seat depths in your tub will ensure you target key areas of your body. For example, the S Shape immersion lounger incorporates jets aimed at key areas such as the neck, back, calf and wrists.

Myth 5: You need to turn your hot tub off when not in use

False! Why turn off your hot tub when you can keep it running cheaply and know that you can jump in and use it whenever you want? The only time you may need to drain your hot tub is if you are not living in your property or not using it over the winter. Otherwise, a hot tub is the ultimate in luxury during in the winter so keep it ready for a dip day or night!

Myth 6: Buying a cheap hot tub saves you money

Sorry to break the news but buying a cheaper hot tub may cost you more in the long run on heating bills, maintenance and time. This is one of the most common hot tub myths. Whilst inflatable versions cost you on average £500 to buy, you’re likely to receive higher electric bills due to poorer quality insulation and heat loss from the cover. You may also find that due to the high costs of running, you decide to drain, deflate and pack your inflatable tub away. Such a shame!

With a Hydropool hot tub, you can be certain that the very best quality insulation is used within the cabinetry for maximum heat protection. The hot tub covers are also made of quality density materials with added insulation and fit each hot tub like a glove to guard against heat loss. With all the money saved on heating, you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that you can keep your tub switched on, running 365 days a year. Ready to use at any time!

Myth 7: You can’t exercise in a hot tub

Wrong! You may believe that swim spas are the best option for exercise, but there are several strengthening and cardio exercises you can perform from the comfort of your own tub. Body twists, squats and lunges all get your heart rate up and strengthen your core at the same time. All with minimal impact on your joints. Great for those of us who favour a gentler workout.

Myth 8: Hot tubs are unaffordable

Not with our 0% finance packages! We offer a range of finance options to suit you. Our Serenity range offers you an affordable, luxury hot tub which will serve you for decades to come. Talk to us direct for our very best prices.

We’d love to reveal our great range of hot tubs and swim spas first hand. Come and visit our showroom, book in a wet test, or contact us for more information.

prepare hot tub for summer

Prepare your hot tub for summer 🌞

Ok, so recently it’s been a bit of a washout, but here at YHT HQ we’re getting excited about a long summer of hot tubbing ahead!

You may have already scrubbed the BBQ, swept the patio and dusted off the sun lounger but may not have thought you have to prepare your hot tub for summer.

Luckily there are a few simple tasks you can perform that will ensure zero down-time this season. You can sit back and look forward to a full summer of interrupted bathing.

Spick and span

The most obvious way can prepare your hot tub for summer is to give it a good spring clean. A great way to start is by completely draining your tub. If it’s been a while then an intensive pipe flush such as our EzSysytem Flush is a great idea. Give the shell a good wipe with a non-bleach all-purpose solution. You can then concentrate on the filter. Remove and soak in a solution or for best results, use Instant filter Nu. If the filter has seen better days, then ensure you call us to order an approved replacement.

Adding the correct amount of chemicals and allowing the tub to come up to temperature is the next step. Once it’s up to the optimum temperature, your tub will be fully sanitised and ready for the summer season ahead. As always, if you need any advice on which chemicals to use, then please contact our team for some helpful advice.

And if it sounds like too much hard work why not book a service from us by one of our lovely engineers Nick and Mark who will do it all for you! Just call the showroom to book.

What’s the damage?

During a cold winter your hot tub experiences hidden stresses and strains behind the cabinetry. Regularly checking the interior is a vital part of hot tub ownership. Any signs of damage to the parts need to be identified swiftly to preserve the overall longevity of your tub. Carry out visuals of the seals, pipes and shell to check if any cracks have appeared. Replace any parts as necessary. We handle services and repairs of many hot tub brands, so contact our technicians to carry out a full inspection of your tub if you’re concerned.

Cover check

When the weather is warm your hot tub won’t use as much energy to keep the temperature consistent. You’ll still need to periodically check your hot tub cover is in good condition though.

  • Check and clean the vinyl top and underside with a non-bleach cleaning solution
  • Check for damage or cracks to the vinyl underside
  • Ensure all clips are functioning properly creating an effective seal.

Cool it

On really hot summer days you’ll be searching for ways to cool down. For a refreshing dip, you may want to reduce the temperature of your hot tub. Bathing in a 40 degree tub when it’s already hot outside will leave you dehydrated and uncomfortable. No-one wants to exit a hot tub looking like a lobster! A cool 37 degrees will be enough to invigorate you. If you’re feeling brave you could even turn it down lower than body temperature for total refreshment.

Remember to enjoy your hot tub in short bursts during summer and stay hydrated by keeping a nice cool drink in your ice bucket. Turning down the temperature of your hot tub in summer when the ambient heat is higher will save energy too, meaning a more efficient hot tub.

If you’d like some assistance to ensure your hot tub looks ship-shape for summer, then give us a call. We’ll carry out a full service, drain, fill and chemical top-up to save you the hassle.

Hot Tub Garden

How an outdoor hot tub complements garden living

Hot Tub Garden

The addition of a hot tub needn’t be a manmade eyesore in your beautiful garden.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub but want it to blend in with the flora, then take a look at our suggestions about how to incorporate an outdoor hot tub into your garden with a combination of furniture, decking, gazebos and plants.

As it’s officially Spring now, we can start planning and preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. We’re exhibiting at the Harrogate Flower Show this weekend and have a few favourite ideas to share with you…

A burst of colour

As always, plants and shrubs will complement the natural wood, helping to provide an organic screen. Use climbing perennials and annuals such as fuchsia or clematis will add a burst of colour. If you’re thinking of a pergola then try a winding wisteria, vine or climbing rose to add scents and vibrancy. Keep these plants regularly pruned to help prevent debris entering your hot tub. A balance between a selection of evergreen plants or shrubs will ensure that your garden is green all year round.

hot tub with gazebo

Gazebos and Canopies

Create some cover from that Great British drizzle with a natural cedar gazebo. With designs tailored to your exact hot tub or swim spa, they provide an organic, aesthetically pleasing canopy. Add climbing plants, bunting, fairy lights, hanging baskets or wooden furniture to enhance the look.

hot tub with decking

Natural Decking

If you’re thinking of sinking your outdoor hot tub into the ground, building decking could be the perfect option for you. Building steps up to your tub so you can step in will help to blend your tub with the garden.

hot tub plant pots

Pots

Ideal for the summer, adding pots of pretty and vibrant flowers such as begonias, marigolds or geraniums offer instant and long-lasting colour that last the whole summer season.

Fragrance

As well as choosing plants you like for their beauty, it’s worth considering fragrance when planning your garden. The sweet scents of roses, evening primrose, jasmine or lavender will awaken your senses during immersion.

Use natural screening

Try adding natural screening such as bamboo around your hot tub. It’s great natural alternative to fence panels to provide screening and protection.

The addition of an evergreen shrub will not only give you good green cover but protect against the wind. You’ll also enjoy a more natural type of privacy with a green screen such as Japanese Yew or Emerald Arborvitae which can grow to up to 15 ft. These shrubs need minimal pruning (just once a year) and are fast growing.

Eating & Drinking

You could even add an outdoor bar area in addition to your outdoor furniture to enhance your garden living experience. A good quality gas barbeque or even a wood fired pizza oven provides a welcome addition to your garden that can be used all year round!

hot tub with lighting

Lighting Options

Create a truly atmospheric evening hot tub experience with solar powered lighting. Add small torches either sides of paths, or on longer stems beside your tub to light the way to your tub at night. You could also consider adding some dimmable lighting. See our features and upgrades page for information on packages that can be added to your Self-Cleaning hot tub to enhance your experience.

To see one of our recent garden installs take a peek at this video from local company Smart Spaces

If you need some help planning your garden and finding the perfect place to house your outdoor hot tub, then we’d love to help.

Why not pop in and see us at the Harrogate Flower Show this week, or head to our showroom in Ilkley to view our stunning range of tubs and swim spas. We look forward to meeting you!

best nights sleep

How to have the best nights sleep ever

Struggle to drift off in the evening?

Wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep? Or lie awake all night worrying?

These are all common problems that most of us suffer from time to time.

If you need a little help to switch off, we have some great suggestions for you to try to get the best nights sleep.

Routine

If you regularly vary your bedtime, stay up late or have trouble getting into a bedtime routine then why not try these tips to help you?

  • Herbal tea such as camomile can help you drift off before you go to sleep, or you could try a glass of warm milk to help stimulate sleep-inducing serotonin levels.
  • A regular bedtime and wake up time is also a good habit to get into, with your body soon getting into the rhythm and eventually allowing you to wake up naturally.
  • Try reading a book in bed to help focus your mind away from the days events and allow your brain to start shutting down. Just make sure it’s not too scary or thrilling or it could have the opposite effect!

Get Some Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to exercise regularly. Even a brisk 30-minute lunchtime walk to get your heart beating will help promote good sleep. Better still, why not try swimming? One of the best forms of exercise, with limited impact on your joints, swimming for 30 minutes gets your heart beating and all your major muscle groups working. If you’ve not seen our amazing range of swim spas, then take a look. Exercising in a swim spa offers an adjustable workout against a current, and you can tailor the speed to your exact ability. They also come with a range of extras including tethers to create an aquatic gym experience. With a range of sizes available to fit the smallest of spaces. Plus, there’s no need to hike down to your local pool or gym! Read more about buying a swim spas here.

Have an early dinner

It’s also recommended that avoiding eating too late allows your body to digest your evening meal. Eating a smaller dinner could assist with weight loss, with the body working less hard to process a meal later into the day. Eating late into the night can lead to indigestion and blood sugar levels to rise in the early hours, affecting your ability to stay asleep during the night.

Immerse yourself in water

Many of us enjoy a nice soothing bubble bath before bed to help us sleep. The warm, soothing water, and the aroma of the bubbles relaxing our muscles and giving our mind time to wind down after a hard day. Immersion in warm water raises the body temperature then when it returns to normal you become sleepy.
If you love to enjoy a bath, why not try a hot tub to help you unwind? The bonus of a hot tub is the moulded and varied seating depths, targeted jets angled at all your major muscle groups and the bubbles to simple melt away any tensions you may have. Owning your very own hot tub couldn’t be easier, with our range of finance options to choose from. Hot tubs also come in a range of styles and sizes to suit any requirements. Plus, with all the hot tub upgrades such as gazebos, LED lighting, surround sound music systems, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy you can be sure of the perfect way to wind down and drift off into dreamland.

Ditch the Tech

Finally, could your device be the cause of your sleep issues? Numerous studies have shown that exposing yourself to the blue light emitted by a smartphone or tablet before bed can have a negative effect on your sleep quality. Consider turning your phone off a couple of hours before bed, and leaving it in a different room to the one you sleep in. Give your eyes a break from screen time and try reading a book before bed instead to gently wind down.

If you long for the best nights sleep and would like to find out more about our fantastic range of hot tubs or swim spas simply visit our website or contact our friendly team for more information.