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7 Things You Need to Check in Your Hotel Room

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7 Things You Need to Check in Your Hotel Room

After a long day of travelling, all you want to do once you’ve entered your hotel room is to crash on the bed and maybe order some food. But before you do that, there are several things you need to do before you can properly relax, as your health and safety may depend on it.

Look for Bedbugs

Hotel rooms are one of the most common places to pick up bedbugs. Inspect your bedding, the mattress and pad, bed frame, couch and chairs for these pests. If you see consistent brown staining throughout these surfaces, as bedbugs leave it behind after processing their victim’s blood, then it’s time to go.

Disinfect Common Surfaces

Sometimes a cleanroom isn’t always as clean as you hope. Sure, hotel room cleaners will scrub down the bathroom or wash the bedsheets, but what about common places like doorknobs, light switches or the tv remote? For your own health and peace of mind, grab a disinfectant wipe or two and give the room a proper cleaning.

Inspect the Thermostat

Depending on where you’re staying, the temperatures could change drastically from the morning to the evening. In those cases, it’s important to make sure your climate controls are working properly so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night completely frozen or boiling hot. If you wait until an issue arises, you might not be able to switch rooms or find a maintenance worker to fix it.

Check the Alarm Clock

You never know who stayed in your room last. It could have been an early riser who wanted to see the sunrise or a person who needed to attend an early morning meeting and accidentally left their 4:00 AM alarm set for the next guest. To prevent yourself from being startled awake in the wee hours of the morning, check the room’s alarm clock. Fall asleep without worrying about being woken up by an unexpected noise.

Utilize the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Sign

The ‘do not disturb’ sign comes with every room, and for good reason. Hang it on your outer doorknob to prevent housekeeping or other service workers from disturbing you unexpectedly. Hang this sign as soon as you enter your room, and remove it whenever you want your room to be cleaned.

Study the Evacuation Plan

You never know when a fire or other emergency might occur when you’re staying in a hotel. It’s important to know exactly where the emergency exits are, in case the need arises. Familiarize yourself with these routes using the evacuation map that comes with every room. 

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The Benefits of Hot Springs

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The Benefits of Hot Springs

“Come ye who suffer, and lose your pain…” read a sign near Congress Spring, NY in 1867. Since the late 18th century those natural waters have been hailed as a cure for everything from dyspepsia to gout. But Congress is far from the first natural hot spring to be celebrated for its healthful benefits. People have “taken the waters” for thousands of years as a cure for ailments both common and complex. That tradition continues today all across the globe.

Ancient Practices, Scientific Results

The treatment of disease through bathing is known as balneotherapy, taken from the Latin word “balneum” for a bath. It is a fitting root, as bath therapy is an ancient remedy, stretching as far back as the Ancient Romans and beyond. In our modern world driven by synthetics and pharmaceuticals, it may be surprising that such an old form of traditional medicine is still recommended today. That’s because it still works, with science to back up the claims. 

Conditions Soothed by Hot Springs

A number of studies published in professional, peer-reviewed scientific journals show clear evidence that soaking in a hot spring yields benefits for a wide range of ailments. These conditions include:

  • Fibromyalgia – Bathing in mineral-rich thermal waters provided medium to large reductions in pain for those with fibromyalgia. (Arthritis Research & Therapy, 2014)
  • Psoriasis – Mineral and sulphuric waters from hot springs reduces inflammation and the development of scales, as well as antibacterial and antifungal qualities. (Serbian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology, 2015)
  • Arthritis – Warm to hot water can ease the ache of several kinds of arthritis, with the most relief experienced by those who practice full-body immersion. (Israel Medical Association Journal, 1999)

Alongside joint and muscle pains, health centres such as Austin Heart in Texas promote balneotherapy as a way to relieve symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Eczema, and Varicose Veins. There is also evidence that bathing in hot springs can alleviate mental health symptoms like depression or anxiety.

Potential Risks

Every type of medical treatment has a risk for side effects or other dangers. Hot springs are no different. However, proper observance and awareness will make sure your soothing dip will stay an enjoyable experience. 

  • First-Trimester Pregnancy. Every hot spring is different, some are hotter than others, and each has its own microbial environment. To newly pregnant women this can be dangerous in ways that wouldn’t affect someone closer to their due date. Play it safe and ask your doctor first before soaking.
  • Keep your Head Up. Some natural springs can be home to a type of amoeba that causes meningitis. Since these nasty microorganisms enter the body through the nose, it is best to always keep your head above the water.
  • Alcohol and Dehydration. It might sound strange, but hot water actually dehydrates your body. Drinking alcohol only exacerbates dehydration, and also intoxicates faster, leading to the danger of poisoning and drowning. Keep yourself hydrated with good clean water instead.  

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be ready to experience the rejuvenating benefits of hot springs!