The sauna effect
The latest results of a groundbreaking study by sports scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in collaboration with the renowned Medical Center Berlin (MCB) turn previous assumptions on their heads: blood pressure changes in a remarkable way during a visit to the sauna – it rises instead of falling as previously assumed. This groundbreaking finding is confirmed by the study, in which participants were sent into the comforting warmth of the sauna and onto a bicycle ergometer. Interestingly, a comparable increase in heart rate was observed both in the sauna and during a moderate exercise session (published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, published online May 2, 2019).
Benefits of measuring blood pressure before a sauna session
A sauna session not only provides soothing relaxation for the body and mind, but it can also bring several health benefits. However, it is especially important for people with high blood pressure to take extra care before visiting the sauna. That’s where blood pressure measurement comes in – a simple step that can have a significant impact on your sauna experience and health safety.
- Safety first: People with high blood pressure need to be careful when exposing their bodies to heat. By taking your blood pressure before going to the sauna, you can ensure that you are not putting unnecessary stress on your cardiovascular system.
- Personalized sauna experience: by monitoring your blood pressure, you can tailor your sauna experience to your specific needs. If your readings are within a healthy range, you can safely enjoy the relaxing effects of the sauna. If your blood pressure is elevated, choose a shorter sauna session or a lower temperature setting.
- Long-term health awareness: Taking your blood pressure regularly before going to the sauna can contribute to your overall health awareness. It encourages you to pay attention to your cardiovascular health and allows you to make informed decisions about various health activities.
How to measure your blood pressure before going to the sauna
Taking your blood pressure before going to the sauna is a simple but extremely important step to ensure your health and well-being while in the sauna. By measuring your blood pressure in advance, you can not only minimize potential risks, but also enjoy a customized sauna experience that is tailored to your individual needs.
- Choose the right device: Invest in a reliable home blood pressure monitor. Automatic devices are user-friendly and provide accurate readings. Make sure the device is properly calibrated.
- Rest and relax: Sit down and relax for at least five minutes before taking your blood pressure. Avoid caffeine, smoking, and strenuous activity before taking your measurement.
- Place the cuff correctly: Place the cuff around your upper arm according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The cuff should fit snugly.
- Multiple Measurements: Take two or three consecutive measurements every few minutes. This allows you to smooth out fluctuations and get a more accurate average reading.
- Record your readings: Keep a log of your blood pressure readings over time. This can be useful to monitor trends and share with your healthcare provider.
Before entering the soothing embrace of a sauna, prioritize your health and safety. By taking your blood pressure before a sauna session, you can make specific decisions about the duration and intensity of your sauna session. Whether you are an avid sauna-goer or a first-time sauna-goer, this approach will ensure that your relaxation ritual is both enjoyable and safe. Remember that your well-being comes first, and taking a few moments to measure your blood pressure can pave the way to a fulfilling sauna session.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only. You should consult a physician before engaging in any health activity, including taking your blood pressure before a sauna session. The authors are not responsible for any possible damage caused by improper use. Please seek individual advice from your physician as health conditions may vary.
Purchase tip: Beurer BM 27 Upper arm blood pressure monitor
The Beurer BM 27 Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is your reliable partner for monitoring blood pressure and pulse values at home. The clear display with color-coded readings makes reading easy, while the included universal cuff ensures an optimal fit for all users.
The device has space for up to 4 x 30 readings and allows the average value of all measurements to be calculated. Particularly helpful is the integrated arrhythmia detection, which detects possible cardiac arrhythmias at an early stage. The scope of delivery includes 4 x 1.5V AA batteries, as well as a practical storage bag and a blood pressure passport for safe storage of the measurement results.