Hot Tub: Relief for Restless Leg Syndrome

Soaking in a hot tub before bed or even during the day can ease the cramping and pains that are symptoms of  RLS-that’s Restless Leg Syndrome.  This week is  Restless Leg Syndrome Education and Awareness Week.  It’s time to shed some light on this sleep wrecking condition.  If you have it, you typically know it.  But If you have these symptom repeatedly and aren’t aware you have it, though, check with your doctor.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that is characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs.

While the name may sound funny, it is a very real disorder. In order for you to be officially diagnosed with RLS, you must meet the criteria described in the four bullets below:

  • You have a strong urge to move your legs which you may not be able to resist. The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. Some words used to describe these sensations include: creeping, itching, pulling, creepy-crawly, tugging, or gnawing.
  • Your RLS symptoms start or become worse when you are resting especially in bed at night. The longer you are resting, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.
  • Your RLS symptoms get better when you move your legs. The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity. Relief persists as long as the motor activity continues.
  • Your RLS symptoms are worse in the evening especially when you are lying down. Activities that bother you at night do not bother you during the day.

RLS can also cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep which can be one of the chief complaints of the syndrome. A substantial number of people who have RLS also have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). These are jerks that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night. This can cause partial awakenings that disrupt sleep. Sleep deprivation can seriously impact your work, relationships, and health.

How is it treated?

A regular exercise program may help restless legs. Reducing caffeinated drinks, alcohol use or smoking may also help. You may also reduce RLS by keeping mentally active while you are sitting down. When restless legs occurs, any of the following activities may help:

  • Walking
  • Riding an exercise bike
  • Massaging the legs
  • Soaking in a hot tub

Check out : The RLS Fact Sheet or the more detailed Living with RLS.


With the rise in medication for RLS, it seems like a doctor’s prescription for a hot tub would be in order, don’t you think? Want to treat RLS the natural way-without medication? Try soaking in a your Hot Spring Spa before bed to relax and massage your legs to ease the cramping and pain! Many of our Olympic Hot Tub customers have reported a decrease in the occurrence of RLS after hot tub soaking.

If you have RLS and want to see if a hot tub will help, come into any of our stores and take a FREE test soak. That way you’ll know for sure that a hot tub can be a real, non-medicated benefit.

If you have RLS symptoms and have used a hot tub for relief,  share your experience by posting a comment below. Thanks!

SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 27 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through water.

5 responses to “Hot Tub: Relief for Restless Leg Syndrome

  1. Spas and hot tubs are great for all types of muscle and soreness problems but I had never thought about people using them for Restless Leg Syndrome. I talk with people who are removing or replacing their spas all the time. I’ll have to mention this benefit to them. Thank you for the great info!

  2. Have suffered RLS for almost 30 years. Using meds has helped, but installation of hot tub on back deck, then eventually totally enclosing deck as finished room, has made using hot tub in middle of the night as RlS interupts sleep easy in all weather, and the relief is unbelievable and I sleep through the night after a good hot 10 – 15 minute soak, flexing and paddling legs. Best investment.

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  3. Beth:
    Thanks for sharing your experience with RLS and hot tubbing. Great idea to enclose that deck
    so you can hot tub in the middle of the night.. I hope other RLS sufferers get the message about
    hot tubbing for relief and better sleep.
    So glad you’ve found something that worked better than medication!

  4. I am sure that a real good soak in the hot tub could be a good remedy for anybody. This syndrome can make it so much harder for a person to relax or sleep. It is hard to imagine that those periods of downtime and inactivity could be the moments that you least look forward to. I have heard of foundations that work to spread awareness about this syndrome and to promote further RLS clinical studies for a cure. I think it is a good cause to support.

  5. Hello Steve:
    Thanks for your comments. Many of our Olympic Hot Tub owners who have RLS tell us that
    a good soak in the hot tub is one of the one ways to get relief. Good luck with your clinical studies for
    a cure. I agree with you that helping to spread awareness and find a cure is a great cause to support.
    Best wishes,

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