Heat stroke in the sauna – A possible risk?

Saunas are a favorite place for relaxation and regeneration for many people. The warm, humid environment invites you to switch off and helps to regenerate body and mind. But does sauna bathing also carry risks, especially the possibility of heat stroke? In this article, we take a close look at this issue.
Sauna enjoyment without risk
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Sauna enjoyment without risk

Heat stroke is a serious medical reaction that occurs when the body overheats and loses its ability to dissipate heat. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including prolonged exposure to high temperatures, intense physical activity in hot weather, lack of hydration, and other health conditions.

Heat stroke can cause symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, severe overheating and confusion. If not treated in time, it can lead to severe complications such as organ failure, cardiac arrest or even death. Therefore, to prevent heat stroke, measures such as adequate hydration, protection from direct sunlight and regular breaks from physical exertion in hot weather are necessary.

Advantages of sweating in the sauna

In the sauna it is possible to achieve free temperature equalization through the skin, which prevents heat stroke. This happens because the normal regulatory mechanisms of the body, such as sweating and heat radiation, are not blocked. Since the skin is not hindered by clothing, perspiration can occur unhindered. Even if you don’t sweat visibly, you lose fluid through your skin, which cools you down.

The duration of temperature exposure in the sauna is limited to a few minutes, followed by active cooling. To promote sweating, it is recommended to drink enough before going to the sauna. Get used to going to the sauna: avoid a long stay the first time and slowly increase the duration of your sauna session to get your body used to the heat.

Circular relief in the sauna

Unlike someone who works outside in the sun or plays sports, someone who sits relaxed in the sauna can relieve their circulation because they lose less heat through muscle energy. This way you can enjoy your sauna experience to the fullest and stay healthy.


Basically, a visit to the sauna can have a healthy effect on the body, as it allows free temperature equalization through the skin and promotes sweating. For a safe and healthy sauna experience, slowly increase the length of time spent in the sauna and drink enough to promote sweat production. In addition, the sauna can relieve the circulatory system, unlike outdoors, where the heat is delivered by muscle energy.

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