Safety Tips for Infrared Saunas
Using a sauna is a relaxing experience that provides your body with many other benefits such as detoxification, weight loss, and help with aching muscles. With this in mind it is understandable that you would be eager to begin using an infrared sauna, but before you do there are some precautions that you should take in order to make this the best experience possible.
The purpose of a sauna is to induce sweating to unleash the benefits of detoxification, and use its heat to promote relaxation. An infrared sauna will cause you to sweat profusely; it is imperative that you remain hydrated throughout the process. Start by drinking water a few hours before the session and just prior to the session. After it is completed you should again drink water to ensure that you do not become dehydrated.
Set Time Limits
When using the sauna for the first time, it is a good idea to start by setting lower time limits; then gradually build up the time that you spend in each session as you progress. As you become more seasoned, it is still important to set a maximum time limit for sauna use. Most experts agree that a 20 minute session is enough for you to experience the sauna’s benefits. Some persons will prefer longer sessions, up to 40 or so minutes, but as with everything else there can be too much of a good thing. Remaining in the sauna for too long and cause dehydration and may possibly dehydrate the skin as well.
Remove all Jewelry and Other Items
You should remove all jewelry and other items from your person prior to using the sauna. Items like these can and will become hot and uncomfortable, and might possibly burn your skin.
Consult Your Doctor
Persons who have any health concerns like hypertension, diabetes, or any other condition MUST consult their doctor before using saunas. It is possible that the heat from the sauna can adversely affect persons with certain health conditions and this is why it is important for you to get the opinion of your physician.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Food
You should not use the sauna if you recently consumed alcohol or used some type of recreational drug. The experts also advise that you should not eat just prior to using the sauna. It is best to have eaten at least two hours before a sauna session.
If you feel uncomfortable in any way you are advised to leave the sauna immediately. If you are still feeling uncomfortable or sick after being out of the sauna for more than 20 minutes, consult a physician and describe how you are feeling.
Pregnant Women and Children
If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, you should not use the sauna – the high temperature levels may be harmful to the fetus during the first trimester. Children under six years old should not use the sauna. Children over six years old may use the sauna under adult supervision and for a much shorter time than the standard 20 minute time period.
Do Not Touch Heaters
If for any reason the heaters become exposed, do not touch them or allow water to touch them. Touching the heaters may result in serious burns, and water may cause an electrical short circuit. If there are any problems be sure to contact a certified electrician and/or the manufacturer for instructions.