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How long should you stay in a sauna?

How Long Should You Stay In A Sauna?

When you're spending time in an infrared sauna, you need to know exactly what to expect. This means knowing how long to stay in the sauna and how often to use it, among other things. So if you're new to using a sauna, or are looking for more information about them and their benefits (or risks), this article explains everything you need to know.

Basics of using a sauna or an infrared sauna

  • Get comfortable. Sit or lie down in your robe with a towel over you for warmth and comfort, but don't cover up completely—you'll want to sweat! A towel can also be used to cover one's face if desired.

  • Hydrate before and after use. Hydrating before and after using an infrared sauna is important for avoiding dehydration and headaches associated with too much heat exposure (caffeinated beverages like coffee do not count). You may also find that cold showers or baths are refreshing after spending time in an infrared sauna; this will help cool down your body temperature so that it doesn't get too hot.

How long should you stay in a sauna?

How long you should stay in a sauna is dependent on your goals. If your goal is weight loss, then you should only spend 20-30 minutes in the sauna per session. For example, if you have 30 pounds to lose and you spend one hour in a sauna every day for four days per week, then this will help accelerate the process of weight loss by up to 50%.

If your goal is relaxation and stress relief, then spending 30-60 minutes in the sauna each day could be very beneficial for improving health and well-being. The heat can stimulate blood flow and increase perspiration which stimulates detoxification processes in our bodies as well as giving us a sense of calmness that many people find beneficial for their mental health.

How often to use a sauna

How often you use your sauna depends on personal preference, the type of sauna and how it's used, and your budget.

If you're new to using a sauna and want to make sure that it's safe and beneficial for you, check with your healthcare provider before starting. Once they've approved of the practice for you in general, there are two basic rules for how often to use a sauna:

  • If possible, try to find time when you can be in the sauna alone or with just one other person (your partner). This will help ensure maximum relaxation and benefit from being inside the chamber without outside distractions.

  • If you have your own personal sauna at home, you can use it whenever. If you are using a sauna at a studio or gym, you might schedule once or twice a week visit. It will depend on which scenerio you have access to.

The benefits of using a sauna

You can reap the health benefits of a sauna in many ways. Sauna use can help with detoxification and relaxation, as well as weight loss and increased circulation. The heat will also relieve pain, improve muscle recovery after exercise, and treat skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. In addition to these physical benefits, saunas are also known to provide mental relief from anxiety or stress by lowering your heart rate, encouraging deep breathing and improved blood flow throughout the body.

Before you start using your sauna, make sure that you know how long to stay in it

While a sauna is a great way to relax, you might need to know how long you should stay in it. It's also important that your body is prepared for heat therapy before using it. There are several reasons why this is important:

  • Heat can be drying and dehydrating for the skin and hair if used too often or incorrectly. It can also dry out your sinuses and cause excessive sweating.

  • Some people have sensitive skin that may not tolerate heat well at all (especially those with vitiligo).

  • If you feel dizzy or lightheaded while sitting in a hot room, then get out immediately and rehydrate with water. You want to make sure you are always listening to your body and staying safe inside the sauna.

Listen to your body!

The key to a successful sauna experience is knowing the length of time you should stay in it. If you go too long and get overheated, it could have negative effects on your body. On the other hand, if you don’t stay long enough then you won’t reap all of the benefits that come from using a sauna in general! The more sessions you do in the sauna, the better you will understand your own body and its needs. At the heart of this practice is being in tune with your body and adjusting your sessions to fit your specific needs. 

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