Sauna Safety Tips
The health benefits of regularly spending time in a sauna are one of the top reasons why many people purchase them for their home. However, it’s also important to know how to use your sauna safely so that you can get the most out of your sessions. Also, remember to consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using a sauna.
- Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water before AND after your sauna session. It feels good to “sweat it out,” but forgetting to drink water afterwards can cause dehydration and other side effects. PS: drink water- and ONLY water- to hydrate. Do not drink coffee, alcohol, or soda.
- Keep the kids and pets away
The intense heat can be dangerous for both children and animals. Check your surroundings before stepping into your sauna to make sure Fido hasn’t snuck in!
- Be aware of other health conditions
If you have health conditions such as heart problems and high blood pressure, take special medication, or if you are pregnant, discuss your options with your doctor before using a sauna.
- Don’t overdo it
It is recommended to keep sauna sessions to about 15 – 20 minutes. If you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or uncomfortable, immediately step out of the sauna and take a break.
- What not to bring into the sauna
The extreme heat will take its toll on metal objects, so keep your jewelry, phones, and other accessories out of the sauna.
- Cool down
After you’ve stepped out of the sauna, lie or sit down, take a cold shower, or hop in the pool to let your body cool down. However, let your body adjust slowly, so take a break between the sauna and cold shower so as not to shock your body.
There are so many benefits to using a sauna, but it’s important to use it wisely. Speak with your physician and follow these guidelines to enjoy your sauna safely, and get the most out of your bathing experience!