Can Sauna Replace Your Morning Cup of Coffee?

Can Sauna Replace Your Morning Cup of Coffee?

It’s getting darker and colder as we enter into the winter season, making it harder to wake up in the mornings or be productive in the evenings. For some people, this means an increase in caffeine! There are some benefits to caffeine, such as weight loss, alertness, brain function, more energy, etc. (for more information and other caffeine benefits visit Medical News Today). But there can also be risks to drinking too much caffeine. A main risk being insomnia or disruption of sleep. The question we are asking today is can sauna replace your morning cup of coffee?

Just to be clear, we are not suggesting you give up coffee, especially that first hot steaming cup of the morning. By all means, keep that cup of coffee. However, if you are starting to feel like maybe you’re consuming too much coffee or caffeine in any form, maybe the sauna can help! Many of the same benefits that caffeine gives us can be replicated by routine sauna use.  

Sauna Health Benefits

Mental Focus and Attention Span

Spending time in a sauna can help you refocus and become more alert. During a sauna session, a stress hormone called norepinephrine is released in the body which helps increase focus and attention. Cortisol levels slightly decrease at the same time, helping to lower stress levels.     

Cardiovascular Health

Regular sauna use can have a similar effect as moderate physical activity. It gets the blood flowing and the heart rate up.  According to Doctor Ronda Patrick, “Like exercise, long-term sauna use generally improves blood pressure, endothelial function, and left ventricular function, and reduces inflammation.”

Enhanced Immune System

As your core temperature increases, your body is tricked into believing that you have a fever, so it kicks up its production of white blood cells. Sauna use can help you stay healthy throughout cold and flu months by encouraging more white blood cells to fight infection. 

Mood and Energy Booster

Unlike caffeine, a sauna session won’t leave you with an energy crash or headache. Sauna use boosts the oxygen levels in your body giving you more and longer lasting energy. Studies have also shown that heat exposure can help stimulate endorphins, which helps relieve the body of pain and increases the feeling of happiness.

 

 

 

Maybe the sauna doesn’t have to replace your morning cup of coffee, but if you are looking to wean off caffeine, look to your sauna!

Just for fun, here are a few coffee facts from Disturb Me Not:

  • 64% of American adults consume coffee every day.
  • An average American drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day.
  • Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day.
  • Americans drink about 146 billion cups of coffee annually.
  • 65% of US adults drink coffee with their breakfast.
  • The average price of a cup of coffee in the US is $3.28.
  • Coffee shops see a 7% annual growth rate on average.
  • The annual coffee retail sales in the US are about $5.2 billion. 

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Additional resources:

Cardiovascular and Other Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing: A Review of the Evidence

 

November 13, 2019 •