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Heating Times For Infrared Saunas: A Guide On How To Set Your Sauna Temperature

Infrared light is a radiant heat similar to the sun, and its method of warming the body is fundamentally different from a traditional sauna. As you begin your journey into infrared sauna bathing it is important to always remember that radiant heat operates very differently from convection heat. 

Infrared saunas use the light wave frequency of infrared light to heat the body up from the inside out. This type of heating is not dependent on the atmospheric temperature of the cabin structure itself, as is the case with traditional saunas. Why is it important to keep this in mind when heating up your infrared sauna? It is important to keep in mind that, by virtue of being exposed to infrared light itself, regardless of the set temperature, healing benefits for the body already begin. 

For example, if you set the temperature on your sauna to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, you will receive benefits from the sauna as the maximum temperature is reached. The body will respond positively to the light waves and the core temperature of the body will begin to rise by virtue of being exposed to this light frequency because of its unique ability to penetrate into the soft tissues of the body.

The Basic Formula For Heating Times In Your Infrared Sauna

*Please note that infrared light itself is healing and getting in your sauna prior to reaching its max temperature will begin a cascade of positive changes in the body.

These are the average heating times you can expect with your infrared sauna:

  • 100 degrees Fahrenheit: 15-20 minutes (if you are starting at a room temperature of about 70 degrees)
  • 120 degrees Fahrenheit: 20-30 minutes
  • 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit: 30- 40 minutes
  • 150 degrees Fahrenheit: 40-50 minutes

Once acclimated to the sauna, most people set their sauna to 150 degrees, and wait about 15 minutes and then get when the control panel reads 120 degrees. Keep in mind, though, that you will receive the benefits of infrared light at temperatures lower than 120.

Infrared Sauna Temperature Setting and Your Wellness Goals

Radiant heat will increase internal temperatures of the body much faster than atmospheric heat, so it will be important to remember that your infrared sauna is operating entirely differently than a traditional sauna. You will likely begin to sweat at much lower temperatures than you would expect in an infrared sauna – everyone’s experience is different!

Always remember to stay well hydrated – drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session. Moreover, be sure to stay well hydrated in general so that you are not ever in a deficit for hydration.

If you are using an infrared sauna as part of a health protocol recommended by a medical professional, you will want to consult with them on what temperatures would be best for your unique needs. 

Speak to one of our sauna experts today to set up a program that suits your needs!

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