As its name implies, an infrared sauna uses infrared lamps with electromagnetic radiation to warm the body instead of heating the air in an enclosed space like a traditional sauna. Because these saunas rely on infrared panels instead of more conventional heat, they can penetrate the human tissue more effectively and heat the body up before the air. They can also operate at much lower temperatures—generally around 120˚F.
Many manufacturers claim that only twenty percent of infrared saunas’ heat goes into the air, and the rest directly goes to the body. Moreover, supporters report that its heat penetrates deeper than alternatives, providing an intense sweating experience at reasonably low temperatures. Finally, because of their more tolerable environments, it’s possible to stay longer in an infrared sauna while increasing the core body’s temperature by two or three degrees.
Often, people do the treatment at health spas and doctor’s offices, while some may purchase the machine and do it at home. Regardless of how you do it, it’s crucial to remain hydrated, start with a 100˚F, and stick to fifteen minutes or less per session if you’re a beginner. Let your body cool down first before you shower too.
Sleep is vital to physical health and mental well-being throughout one’s life. Often, how you feel when awake is determined by how well you sleep, as it supports the healthy functioning of the brain and body during this state. Getting inadequate rest can raise the risk of developing chronic conditions over time beyond affecting how well you’re able to think, interact with others, and perform your responsibilities.
When sleeping, the heart rate and blood pressure fall, and the parasympathetic system take control of the body. Conversely, the sympathetic system activates when awake and relaxed, bringing the vitals back to normal. Those who fail to get quality sleep could be at a greater risk of cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disorder, elevated blood pressure or hypertension, obesity, and stroke.
The immune and respiratory systems can also be compromised due to a lack of sleep. Studies have shown that it can lead to or exacerbate asthma or COPD. Additionally, sleep deprivation can make people more vulnerable to infections and colds. You can improve sleep duration and quality by practicing healthy lifestyle habits like eating well-balanced meals, regularly exercising, managing stress, limiting caffeine intake, and establishing a sleeping routine.