Using a sauna is a good way of staying healthy, but you need to pay close attention to the sauna temperatures in order to avoid being damaged by heat exposure, or even killed. People die every year due to the heat inside their sauna. To prevent this, you should only sit in the sauna for half-an-hour or so and you should also pay close attention to the temperature of the sauna. Although you may want to make your sauna really hot, you should take care not to exceed safe sauna temperatures by checking the recommendations on your own sauna, and by following medically recommended guidelines.
The Right Sauna Temperature
While some people like their saunas to be hot, others prefer only a mild heat. A big temperature change can be caused by adding water to the rocks inside the sauna, which creates a form of very hot steam, while others simply prefer to let the sauna thermostat do the work. Others may not even want to use a traditional heat sauna, and look instead to advances such as an infra-red sauna. But while the temperature of your sauna is partially in your hands, it is never a good idea to keep it too hot. Sauna temperatures can sometimes take a user by surprise, and people die without even realizing that they were too hot.
Sources of Temperature
There are different suitable temperatures depending upon the style of the sauna that you use. An infrared sauna, for example, may only go up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Finnish sauna can reach temperatures of over 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of time you can sit in an infra-red sauna is a lot longer than that for a Finnish one, the latter may only allow you to sit for a quarter of an hour at a time.
Being Safe With Sauna Temperature
There are several things that you should know about sauna temperature. There is a temperature control switch on your sauna which is set to shut down the heater after 194 degrees Fahrenheit is reached, and will also shut down the sauna after an hour of use. This setting needs to be examined before you proceed in order to ensure that it is still working. This switch is required by law, so if it is not operating correctly, you should not use the sauna.
You should also check out the sauna before you turn it on. make sure that your hot rocks are not packed tightly together as this can make the room dangerously hot. You should try to avoid throwing water on the sauna rocks, as this can increase the temperature, and will also make the room very humid. Install a timer, so that you know exactly how long you have been in the sauna, these range from very simple to complex system with alarms, and also make sure that your doorway is always clear.