Sauna Safety Tips
Whatever activity you’re doing, safety should always come first and it’s no different when it comes to using the sauna. Of course, infrared saunas are perfectly safe for you and it will grant you health benefits that will make you healthy overall. However, there are things that you shouldn’t do if you are planning on taking a sauna bath because they can be detrimental to the overall experience and worse, they can affect your safety.
While most saunas that can be bought are tested for safety, ultimately, the user is responsible for his or her safety when using the sauna. Here are some safety tips that we can share so that your sauna experience is both fun and safe.
If you have a history of persistent illness, you should consult with your doctor first before even thinking of getting in a sauna, let alone buying one for your own home. This also applies if you’ve had surgery recently or if you have implants.
- One of the things that you should never do before taking a sauna bath is to consume alcohol. If you have alcohol in your system, you will be prone to getting sleepy or drowsy inside the sauna. If you happen to fall asleep inside a high temperature room for an extended period of time, it will not be good for you. You might suffer burns and dehydration among a number of other health issues.
- To prevent dehydration, you should drink plenty of water before and after each session. You should also bring a bottle of water with you inside just to be safe but it’s not mandatory. You can easily be dehydrated when using the sauna because you will be sweating profusely so you should always keep that in mind.
- Remove all your accessories and get naked. Yes, you should be naked and if you need to have a cover for your body, a towel will do. Accessories that are made from metal will heat up and it might cause burns if you don’t remove them. As for your clothes, you should take them all off because you might overheat.
- Limit each sauna session between 10-20 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes because prolonged exposure to high temperatures will have an adverse effect on your health. If you ever feel any discomfort during a sauna bath, get out immediately and get some rest.
- Don’t use the sauna immediately after eating a big meal. Wait for at least an hour before going in. Saunas can have an effect on your digestion.
- Alternate between hot and cold sessions. This allows the body to cool down faster and it’s good if you want to see results. After a sauna session, rest for a few minutes then take a shower. Repeat.