Most saunas carry their own temperature guidelines for health and safety. It’s important to familiarise yourself with these guidelines or speak to your supplier regarding best practice for you.
When you’re in the sauna, does the temperature feel right for you personally or is it too hot? If it’s too hot, it’s probably not set right for your body.
How long you can stay in a sauna depends on several factors, primarily your body’s reaction to the temperature. It’s important to listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
If you’re new to using an infrared sauna, start with a lower temperature and run your session for 5-10 minutes. If you’re feeling faint, uncomfortable or claustrophobic you will need to cut your session down.
As your body becomes familiar with the sauna, you will be able to tolerate longer sessions, anywhere between 25-35 minutes. Long sessions can last up to 45 minutes.
Prior Health Conditions or You’re Sick?
If you have a cold or any major health conditions, keep your sessions short at first to build your tolerance up. It’s fine if you’re only able to tolerate one session a week. Work towards spending short bursts of time in the sauna a few times per week to reap the best overall benefits.
Avoid taking drinks into the sauna with you, but if you need to water is fine.