How Long Can You Stay in a Hot Tub?

A hot tub is a fantastic way to relieve stress, wind down, and relax after a long day. Using your hot tub regularly brings many benefits, from hydrotherapy to enjoying more time with friends and family. You cannot resist taking a dip once the Jacuzzi hot tub covers come off!

When we enjoy doing something, sometimes we wonder whether there is too much of a good thing. It’s easy to lose track of time once you’re in the warm, swirling, and bubbly waters, so you may wonder whether you should limit the time you spend relaxing in the hot tub.

Factors That Perfect Your Hot Tub Time

A regular soak in a hot tub is generally safe for any healthy adult. It’s often suggested that an average adult should spend between 15 to 45 minutes in their hot tub. However, certain factors are vital to know to ensure you use your hot tub safely without risking your health.

1) Temperature of the water – Hot tubs generally heat to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water reaches 104 degrees, the maximum safe soaking time is 15 minutes. If the water temperature goes between 95 to 100 degrees, you should be able to remain in your hot tub for 30 minutes. Healthy adults should be able to handle these temperatures well. But if you want a longer soak, reducing the water temperature first is better.

If the ambient air temperature is on the cooler side, you can enjoy an even longer soak.

2) Age – If you are a healthy adult under 65, it’s perfectly safe to use your spa at 102 degrees Fahrenheit and soak for as long as you wish. But if you’re 65 and above and in good health, you should consult your doctor to determine the best length for you.

In many cases, you can go ahead and stay in the spa for extended periods as long as you’re comfortable and feeling well.

If you want to soak for more than 45 minutes, it’s recommended you should give your body a break. Step out, hydrate, and rest before returning to your hot tub.

Teens can generally soak in the same way as adults, but children under 12 cannot. Because their bodies are still developing, children cannot sweat sufficiently to be able to cool themselves down. Kids are much more prone to overheating, and the water’s temperature may be too much for their delicate skin and system. Thus, they should be allowed to enter the spa if the temperature is lowered to 98 degrees or cooler.

In addition to the risk of overheating and dehydration, children are at risk of drowning, so adult supervision must be required.

3) Pregnancy – Children are not the only ones who need to use hot tubs with extra caution, but also pregnant women. Set the water temperature to 101 degrees Fahrenheit or below and soak in the hot tub for 10 minutes or less each time.

4) Hydration – Exceeding the spa’s maximum temperature or soaking for longer than the recommended minutes can put you at risk of dehydration. To avoid that, take a cool drink as you head to the hot tub. Sip at it throughout your soak time to replenish all the fluids you’ve lost from sweating.

You may also want to jump out of your hot tub, hydrate, and give your body a rest before entering the spa again.

Water is the best, but any non-alcoholic drink will also do. Obviously, steer clear of alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol in a hot tub can cause dizziness or nausea. In extreme cases, it can lead to fainting, heart attack, or stroke, so it should be avoided.

5) Overall health – People with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or other circulatory problems should consult their doctors first to determine whether or not they can use the hot tub. The same goes for anyone taking anti-coagulant (blood-thinning) drugs or medications that can make them feel drowsy.

Follow their recommendations strictly once your doctor has weighed in on your use. Even if you are healthy and your doctor has allowed you to use the hot tub, you should still watch how you feel when going for a longer soak or using the hot tub at an increased temperature.

If you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed, step out of the hot water and rest until you feel better.

Using your hot tub safely with aluminum Jacuzzi hot tub covers

After you know how long you can stay in your hot tub and use it safely, you can enjoy a relaxing soak regularly. You will benefit better from your hot tub experience using aluminum Jacuzzi hot tub covers from Be-Lite Aluminum Spa Covers. Our strong and durable covers seal entirely to keep the water and heat in and keep the debris, animals, and playful kids out.

We offer a template designer to guide you through the correct steps for a custom fit. We’re happy to answer your questions about our hot tub covers, so please get in touch today.

Contact our team for beautiful, sturdy aluminum Jacuzzi covers online, or call 707-864-8919.

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