Jan 31, 2023 • 6 min read • By: Polly Clover

Improve Deep Sleep with a Spa Day (& How To Have a Spa Day at Home)


Improve Deep Sleep with a Spa Day (& How To Have a Spa Day at Home)

Getting deep sleep is an essential part of wellness. Do you find yourself struggling to fall asleep? How often do you feel unrested when your alarm clock goes off? In this article, we're going to share how you can improve deep sleep with a spa day, whether you visit a day spa or create your own experience at home. If you haven’t treated yourself to a spa day as a way to increase deep sleep, you're in for a treat! Keep reading to learn how enjoying a spa day can help you sleep better and what spa treatments will help you catch more zzzs. And if you don't have time to spend at the spa, no problem! We’ll also share some tips on creating a DIY spa day at home.

What causes a lack of deep sleep?

There are many reasons people struggle to sleep well – health conditions, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and more. Even something as simple as lighting, diet, or inconsistent sleep schedules can be an issue for your sleep. Fortunately, spa treatments can be exactly what you need to sleep better and feel more rested when the sun comes up – even if you experience severe sleep deprivation. Overall, following a healthy lifestyle and maintaining stress can work wonders for your sleep. We understand that's easier said than done! Small changes at a time are the best way to address this. That said, if you struggle to wake up rested even after lifestyle changes, we recommend consulting a medical professional.

How can I improve my REM and deep sleep?

Common suggestions for improving REM and deep sleep are taking sleep medicine, changing up your mattress, cognitive behavioral therapy, and following a consistent sleep schedule. That said, we have found that spa treatments can help relieve a medical issue causing you to struggle with falling asleep or wake up often. Spa treatments can also promote the deep relaxation required to go through the various sleep stages. There are many ways a spa day can promote deep sleep. The most obvious is that it relaxes your body and mind, which is necessary for adequate sleep. While taking time to relax doesn’t always allow us to rest the way we’d like to, various spa treatments work to do just that by alleviating ailments that hinder our overall sleep quality, even sleep apnea. One study found that stress decreases slow wave and REM sleep and increases awakenings throughout the night. However, one of the many spa day benefits is stress reduction. If you suffer from joint or muscle pain, you likely find it nearly impossible to complete a sleep cycle and sleep through the night. A spa experience can relieve this nagging pain or discomfort. There’s nothing like body aches and pains to keep you up at night! Our favorite treatment for this is indulging in spa services that create heat, as heat reduces inflammation and alleviates pain. Ifon’t suffer from stress or body pain but find yourself dreaming of better sleep, you can definitely achieve this with a massage, which releases serotonin in your body. The serotonin will then convert to melatonin, the primary sleep hormone.
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There are various ways a spa day can improve deep sleep.

Spa Treatments to Improve Deep Sleep

As we mentioned, many spa treatments work to improve deep sleep. Some of our favorites are massages, acupuncture, facials, hydrotherapy, and saunas. More on each of these below!

Deep Tissue Massage

Sleep.org has found that a deep tissue massage like this one can work wonders for better sleep, whether you suffer from sleep apnea, stress, anxiety, or body aches or pains. One reason for this is that a massage can decrease the stress hormone cortisol. It can also increase serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood and increase your ability to relax. A deep tissue massage also relieves pain and tension in joints and muscles. And it can alleviate headaches in the same way to improve sleep.


Acupuncture is an excellent remedy for disrupted sleep. In fact, research has shown the positive effects of acupuncture in treating insomnia. During acupuncture, points in the body are targeted to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This is meant to stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities to improve overall wellness and strengthen the immune system, which can help target issues that interrupt deep sleep.


That’s right! Even something as simple as a facial can improve deep sleep. A no-frills facial that simply allows you to relax the muscles in your face can help you unwind and relax on a deeper level. This is even something you can do at home before bedtime!


If you’ve ever taken a warm bath before bed, you know how relaxing it can feel. The warm water actually boosts your body temperature, which leads to a more enhanced relaxing cooldown. Warm water also relaxes your muscles while stress and anxiety melt away. Many spas offer a hydrotherapy treatment with ingredients geared towards relaxation. Oakwell Beer Spa in Denver offers a unique beer bath hydrotherapy, where guests can kick back in a warm bath that’s filled with a blend of herbs, hops, and barley to alleviate stress, aches, and pains.


Like a warm bath, your body gets warm and then cools down quickly in a sauna. This rapid cooldown offers the ultimate relaxation. Most people who experience a sauna treatment find that their minds and bodies find a considerable sense of overall relief. This, along with overall physical healing, is a sure way to get a better night’s sleep. Fun fact: A weekly sauna session can help you create a consistent sleep schedule and feel better throughout your days too.
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Infrared Sauna at Oakwell Beer Spa

Create a DIY Spa Day at Home

Can’t make it to the spa? You can always create a DIY spa day home! We highly recommend enjoying a spa day regularly, whether at home, at your local day spa, or a mix of the two. Here are some unique ideas for how to improve deep sleep with a relaxing DIY spa day. Depending on how much time you have or the relaxation you need, you can always combine these at-home spa sessions.

Enjoy a warm bath.

Remember, hydrotherapy is an excellent way to relax your body while stress and anxiety melt away. It can also relieve body aches and pain. Take your bath up a notch with this Full-Pour Beer Therapy Box or the Taster Beer Therapy Gift Box.

Take a steamy shower.

If you prefer a shower, this can work similarly to a warm bath. Hot water and steam can also create a sauna-like effect for a quick cooldown that provides deep relaxation. Check out these cool beer shampoos and conditioners to use during your shower!

Give and get a massage.

Create a relaxing date night at home by giving and getting a massage. A massage is an ideal way to improve deep sleep if body aches or pains, anxiety, or stress get in the way of a good night’s rest. It’s also a fun way to reconnect with your significant other! Be sure to pair this lush, comfortable robe with your at-home massage.
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Pair a cozy robe from Oakwell Beer Spa with your DIY spa day.

Give yourself an at-home facial.

Did you know chronic facial tension can make it difficult to find stress relief? Even worse, we don’t usually even notice tense muscles in the face meaning it can last for a while and cause exhaustion. That’s why it’s a great idea to treat yourself to a facial every once in a while! The best part of an at-home facial is that you can use any products you have on hand. And, of course, it’s always a good idea to set the mood with a great-smelling candle. Once your candle is lit and you’ve gathered your supplies, cleanse your face and use your favorite face products. When you’re finished, be sure to massage your skin to ensure that muscle tension disappears. This step can always go hand-in-hand with applying moisturizer.


Aromatherapy is when you use essential oils to help you relax, and it's ideal because you can easily do this alongside any of the other spa treatments above or by itself. A few ways you can experience aromatherapy as by using an oil diffuser, natural candles, massage oils, and room spray. You want to opt for items that contain natural plant extracts that encourage tranquility. Tip: Use aromatherapies while you meditate or focus on your breath to experience a sense of calm that can relieve stress and encourage deep sleep.

Improve Deep Sleep With a Spa Day: Key Takeaways

Various spa treatments offer many benefits that can help you get a great night’s rest. A spa experience can encourage deep relaxation and address health concerns causing issues with sleep. We recommend a regular spa day and ever more regular at-home spa sessions to help you sleep deeper regularly. We hope we’ve inspired you to enjoy a spa day, not only because everyone deserves to relax but also because it’s a sure way to get better and more consistent deep sleep! Treat yourself to a spa day: If you're in Denver or planning a trip book a spa day at Oakwell Beer Spa. Not local? Check out our online shop to order items for your very own at-home spa day.

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