Tips to Stay Safe in the Sauna

Tips to Stay Safe in the Sauna bb3 Nov 12, 2015

By Staff Writer

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Spending time in the sauna is a relatively safe and health-promoting activity, but you still want to be cautious before stepping inside. Use these guidelines to learn how to stay safe in the sauna.

First, avoid the sauna if:

  • You have high blood pressure or heart problems. Saunas make your heart work harder than normal. Check with your doctor first.
  • You just finished exercising. After strenuous exercise, let your heart rate come down to resting levels first.
  • You recently consumed alcohol. Using the sauna afterwards could affect your heart.

If you're able to use the sauna, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Limit sessions to 15–20 minutes. Keep it even shorter if you are sensitive to heat or begin to feel uncomfortable.
  • Stay hydrated. Always hydrate beforehand, and drink two to four glasses of cool water after each session. Drink mineral water or juice to replace electrolytes lost through sweating.
  • Use the buddy system. Bring a friend or family member with you in case problems do occur.
  • Remove jewelry. Metal jewelry, including rings and small earrings, can heat up very quickly and cause skin irritation or burning.
  • Rest and cool off afterwards. Lie or sit down for at least 10 minutes, then take a cold shower to help bring your body temperature to normal levels.