Saunas FAQ: What you want to know•
Posted on March 08 2023
How long should I stay inside a sauna?
Well, the amount of time you can spend - healthily - in a sauna is determined by a range of factors, but most importantly, your health and hydration before climbing in. If you're not adequately hydrated, you shouldn't stay inside a sauna for longer than 20 minutes, as you're risking dehydration.
However, if you're fit, healthy, hydrated, and you are an expert sauna user. In that case, you can stretch this out into a significantly more extended period, in the area of 30 - 45 minutes, even an hour.
Keep in mind that the timer starts when your body starts to sweat, this is when the health benefits begin to kick in.
What happens if you stay too long in a sauna?
Contrary to popular belief, higher temperatures do not correlate with more health benefits from a sauna; as long as your body begins to sweat, you've initiated the healing process. If you stay in a sauna too long, particularly a hot-air sauna, you risk severe dehydration and symptoms of heat-stroke like dizziness and headaches.
What should I do after a sauna session?
After using the Sauna, experienced users recommend taking a cold shower or a dip in an icy body of water before visiting for another session.
If you're not ready for a second round, take a shower and make sure to drink plenty of water.
What are some health benefits of the Sauna?
A sauna' dry heat has profound effects on the body. The pulse rate jumps by 30% or more, allowing the heart to nearly double the amount of blood it pumps each minute. Most of the extra blood flow is directed to the skin; in fact, circulation shunts blood away from the internal organs.
Sauna eases pain within the joints and muscles due to increased blood flow. Regular sauna use is shown to regulate the appetite, increase metabolism, and improve oxygen utilization, helping to fuel weight loss along with a reduction in body fat. Heat has been proven to impact your mitochondria positively, the 'batteries' powering your cells, helping your body naturally produce more energy and stay fit.
What should i wear in the sauna?
Before using a sauna, the one thing not to forget is to take off your work clothes and shower. This helps remove sweat and dirt before using a sauna and will help avoid stains and dirt accumulation on the benches and backrests of the sauna.
Now, if it is your first time in a sauna, you probably wonder what to wear in the sauna.
You probably know this but, it is common to go to the sauna naked. This is a common practice in Finland, whether in a private or public setting. Most Finns go to the sauna naked most of the time. If you are not Finnish, you may be more discreet and want to wear a bathing suit, a towel, or experience the authentic Finnish Sauna experience naked.