How to Use Your Sauna Safely In 7 Ways

Some people might like it hot, but not everyone can take the heat!

Many people turn to the sauna in the name of health and wellness. From eliminating toxins in the body to improving blood circulation and relieving muscle pain, the advantages of sweating are numerous. However, when it comes to sauna safety, how much heat is too much? And when is it not safe? Before stepping into a sauna, we recommend taking a look at each of these tips!

1. Don’t Stay Too Long

The length of time that the body can tolerate being in the heat will vary from person to person, however, 15 to 20 minutes is generally considered the maximum. If you are sensitive to heat or begin to feel uncomfortable, start off with a shorter stay.

2. Stay Hydrated

Always drink plenty of water beforehand, and drink two to four glasses of cool water after each session. Relaxing in a sauna causes sweating, which pulls toxins from your body. Drinking mineral water or juice will replace electrolytes lost through sweating. Alternatively, you can always eat something salty.

3. Buddy System

Whether you’re using your home sauna or a public one, it’s always a great idea to bring a friend or family member with you– just in case. What a great excuse to spend some quality time with one of your loved ones!

4. Cool Down

Rest and cool off afterward. Lie or sit down for at least ten minutes to let your body recuperate, then take a cold shower to help return your body temperature to a normal level. This also removes any impurities that your body has eliminated and prevents reabsorption.

5. Never Drink Alcohol

Before or after a sauna session, it’s never advisable to drink alcohol. On that note, it’s also not a good idea to go in right after a large meal or strenuous exercise. Your body temperature increases rapidly, and any food or alcohol consumed at the time may lower your blood pressure.

6. Remove Jewelry

Remove all kinds of jewelry before entering a sauna. Metal jewelry, including rings and small earrings, can heat up very quickly and cause skin irritation or burning.

7. Leave Immediately if…

…you start to feel dizzy, nauseous or have a headache. Also avoid the sauna if you have high blood pressure, heart problems or are pregnant, as saunas make your heart work harder than normal.

In any case, you should always consult with your doctor before entering the sauna in the first place.

So, there you have it! Safety first and then everything else is next. To get the maximum benefits from your sauna, be sure to follow our seven safety tips. For more information about how to build saunas or to learn about our wide selection of saunas for sale in Washington and throughout West Sussex, contact us today or visit us in store.