How Long to Stay in Infrared Sauna
Staying in an infrared sauna is, without a doubt, one of the most relaxing ways to relieve muscle soreness, reduce stress levels, and improve circulation. But how long do you need to stay in an infrared sauna to get the most out of your session and receive the full benefits? How long is too long to be exposed to infrared light, and how can you protect yourself from adverse effects?
How long to stay in the infrared sauna?
The length of time you should stay in an infrared sauna can vary depending on your preferences, tolerance, and health status. Generally, it is recommended to start with shorter sessions of 10-15 minutes and gradually increase the duration to 20-30 minutes as your body becomes accustomed to the heat. Over time, you can stay in a sauna for 40 minutes to experience its full benefits. Monitoring your body's response is crucial, as too long of a session can result in dehydration or overheating. Always consult your doctor before using the sauna or increasing your session length if you have an underlying health condition.
Tips for Maximum Benefit from Your Sauna Session
The length of an infrared sauna session will significantly depend on your health goals, concerns, and personal comfort level.
- Shorter sessions (10-15 minutes) may be appropriate for those beginning an infrared sauna program.
- Take a shower before entering the sauna to remove any dirt, oil, or cosmetics on your skin that can clog pores and prevent sweat from escaping.
- Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo, that allow your skin to breathe and release sweat. A loose-fitting towel or a swimsuit would also work.
- Use a towel or cushion for sitting in the sauna to protect your skin from direct contact with the surface. This will also ensure your sauna stays sanitized.
- Be sure to take ample breaks and drink lots of water before and after using the sauna to stay hydrated.
- Listen to your body, and do not exceed your comfort level. For example, if you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or too hot, it's best to exit the sauna immediately and cool down.
- After your sauna session, cool down gradually by sitting in a cooler room or taking a shower to avoid sudden temperature changes that can shock your body.
- If you have any medical conditions or concerns, it's best to consult your doctor prior to using an infrared sauna to determine if it is safe for you and how long you should stay in it.
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What are the risks to consider when using the infrared sauna?
Before embarking on a new sauna session, you must understand the risks of infrared saunas.
Infrared light waves can penetrate skin cells prompting the body to produce excess heat, so it’s critical to not overdo your session.
Overheating can be dangerous, so it's best to start slowly with short sessions and gradually increase in time and temperature as your body becomes adjusts to the infrared sauna heat.
While infrared saunas are generally safe for most people, there are some risks to consider before using them. Here are some potential hazards associated with using an infrared sauna:
- Dehydration. Sweating in the sauna can lead to dehydration, so drinking plenty of water before and after using the sauna is essential.
- Overheating. Spending too much time in the sauna or setting the temperature too high can lead to overheating, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and fainting.
- Medications. Some medications, such as blood pressure medications, may be affected by the heat in the sauna. It's essential to consult with your doctor before using the sauna if you are taking any medications.
- Pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid using the sauna as overheating can be risky for the developing fetus.
- Skin irritation. The heat from the sauna can cause skin irritation or even burns if the temperature is too high or if you have sensitive skin.
Is an infrared sauna right for me?
An infrared sauna is a safe and potentially beneficial way to reduce stress and pain and improve your mood and overall wellness. But whether an infrared sauna is right for you will depend on your health and lifestyle. It's vital to check with your physician before starting a new sauna program. Be sure to discuss any existing medical conditions or health concerns that may be affected by infrared light exposure and heat. Also, follow the manufacturer's instructions for safely and appropriately using the infrared sauna.
Can you stay in the infrared sauna longer than in a traditional sauna?
Because the heat emitted by the infrared light is lower than that in the traditional Finnish sauna, you can tolerate the heat better. That means you’ll be able to stay in the infrared sauna longer and not be bothered by high humidity or steam present in the traditional sauna.
Infrared Sauna Session Reminders
To maximize your sauna session and reap its remarkable benefits, initially stay in an infrared sauna for 10-15 minutes until your body adapts with regular use. Listen to your body and step out if it's gotten too much. Stay hydrated by drinking water before and after each session. Follow your doctor's advice (we can't stress this enough!) about how long you can stay in the infrared sauna for better health.