Infrared saunas are among the most relaxing ways to sweat. Infrared sauna therapy is comfortable right from the start to the finish and for many people, infrared sauna is a way of life. Whether you use the sessions to relax and unwind, for health benefits or after a workout, infrared saunas offer loads of benefits. And what’s more, you can get a nice glowing complexion and refreshed feeling that we all long for.
However, the often-asked question is, “what is the best time of the day for an infrared sauna session?” Well, that really depends on your needs and you can schedule an infrared therapy session accordingly.
The best times for an infrared sauna therapy session are usually early in the morning or before you go to sleep at night, although anytime is a good time for a relaxing sauna session. Generally, sauna sessions can be grouped into 3 main categories – a session in the morning, in the evening and after a workout or training.
A 15-minute early morning infrared sauna warm-up session is an excellent cardiovascular starter to your day. If you want a more relaxed start, then you can stay in the sauna for around 25-45 minutes. An early morning infrared sauna session gives a great endorphin boost and this is a fantastic feeling that will last, making you feel good the entire day. However, the important thing is after a morning sauna session, you must take care to cool down properly and not forget to drink plenty of water to rehydrate.
If you have problems sleeping at night, then an infrared sauna session in the evening can help you completely relax before bedtime and ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. The use of infrared sauna helps with thermoregulation and helps to put your body in a parasympathetic state, where it digests and rests also helps to lessen the effects of chronic fatigue. The best time for an infrared sauna therapy session is around 15 minutes before bedtime. This will help to raise your core body temperature that promotes muscle relaxation and a sleep-including response.
An infrared sauna session after a strenuous workout and cool down is a great way to prevent sore muscles and stiffness the next day. Infrared sauna therapy sessions before your period is also an excellent idea. The infrared lights help to increase circulation and blood flow, thereby alleviating menstrual cramps and reducing the related period pain and discomfort.
- If you have eaten a meal, wait for at least 1-2 hours before you have an infrared sauna session. This helps your body get the best benefits of the sauna therapy because the body is not diverting the blood for digestion.
- After you exercise, at least wait 10 minutes before you enter the infrared sauna.
- When you start your infrared sauna sessions, start with around 10-15-minute sessions and once you are acclimatized to the infrared heat, you can extend the session to 30-45 minutes. If you are working on a particular therapy goal, then two sauna sessions are allowed per day.
When you’re using the infrared sauna, the key is to remember to take it slow. While generally, infrared saunas are safe and offer many benefits, it is extremely important to prevent yourself from getting dehydrated. And, once you’re done with your sauna session, relax, cool down and then take a shower.