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How Long Should I Stay Inside a Hot Tub For?

How Long Should I Stay Inside a Hot Tub For?

Coming home after a long day to enjoy a soak in your Jacuzzi® hot tub helps relax your body and alleviate stress from the daily grind among other amazing hydrotherapy wellness benefits. However, it’s important to know how to enjoy your hot tub safely to reduce health risks associated with misuse.

In this article, we review the different factors that play into your hot tub sessions to give you a better understanding of how long you should stay in your hot tub. Read on to learn more!

Understanding the Risks of Overuse

While there are many amazing hydrotherapy health benefits associated with hot tub use, improper use of your hot tub can negatively impact your health. Since the water in a hot tub is a higher temperature than your normal internal temperature, staying in a hot tub too long can cause you to overheat and experience symptoms like light-headedness, dizziness, or nausea.

Timing Your Hot Tub Sessions

Ideally, you should aim to time your hot tub sessions to last between 15 and 30 minutes. Depending on the factors at play (i.e. water temperature), you might be able to extend your soak to 45 minutes. Keep in mind that you can always re-enter your hot tub later on!

Important Factors to Consider

Hot Tub Temperature

The water in your Jacuzzi® hot tub is usually kept at around 100°F to 102°F but can go as high as 104°F depending on your personal temperature preference. When determining how long your soak should be, the rule of thumb is usually: the higher the temp, the shorter the session.

Outdoor Temperature

The temperature of your outdoor environment can also impact how long you can safely stay inside your hot tub. For example, if the temperature outside is cold, your body may naturally cool itself at an unusual rate.

Personal Health

It is always recommended that, prior to using a hot tub regularly, that you speak to your doctor to review any personal factors or risks that might affect you to ensure your best health and safety. It’s important to stay aware of how you are feeling while in the water and end your session immediately if you notice any negative changes to your condition.


Most healthy adults can stay in a hot tub for the recommended times listed above. However, depending on their age and the water temperature, children should stay in a hot tub for as little as five minutes, but not more than 20 minutes at a time.

Things to Avoid During Hot Tubs Sessions

While the factors above can vary from person to person, in the list below are some things that everyone should aim to avoid when using their hot tub:

  • Consuming alcohol
  • Using electronic devices in or near a hot tub
  • Using a hot tub in combination with certain medications that cause drowsiness
  • Not tying up long hair (to avoid getting it caught in the filter or drain)

Ask the Experts at Swim World in Chelan

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