Why do I get sick in the sauna?

Sauna visits are an integral part of the health and wellness routine for many. But what do you do if you get sick in the sauna? In this article, we get to the bottom of the causes of this problem and present some possible solutions.
What can be the causes of nausea during a sauna session?
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What can be the causes of nausea during a sauna session?

Nausea can be an unpleasant side effect of a sauna session. There are some possible reasons that can lead to nausea, which we have listed here.


The body has to adapt to the high temperatures in the sauna, which can cause nausea in some people. The body tries to adapt to the high temperatures by increasing blood flow and speeding up the heartbeat. However, this process can cause nausea in some people, especially if the body has not yet become accustomed to the high temperatures. One solution might be to time your sauna sessions and then slowly increase them until you get used to the heat.


High humidity in the sauna can make breathing difficult and cause nausea. High humidity can affect breathing as the body has more difficulty absorbing oxygen. This may cause you to feel lightheaded, dizzy, and nauseous. To avoid this, you should make sure that the air in the sauna circulates well and through ventilation grids (at Amazon) regulated.

Low blood pressure

The change between warm and cold air can affect blood pressure and cause a drop in blood pressure, which can trigger nausea. People with low blood pressure should therefore be especially careful and slowly get used to the sauna.

Cardiovascular diseases

People with cardiovascular disease should be cautious, as the heat in the sauna can stress the cardiovascular system. The heat can make the heart beat faster and increase blood pressure. This can cause discomfort and, in rare cases, even complications in people with cardiovascular disease. People with cardiovascular diseases should therefore consult their doctor before visiting the sauna.


Certain medications can increase or trigger nausea. Some medications, especially those that affect the cardiovascular system, may increase nausea when taken in conjunction with sauna heat. Therefore, before visiting the sauna, discuss with your doctor whether certain medications can increase nausea and whether it is advisable to discontinue them before visiting the sauna.

Hunger or thirst

While in the sauna, you should always drink enough fluids, otherwise you will become dehydrated and this can lead to nausea. It is important to drink enough water before going to the sauna and to continue drinking water after the sauna session to avoid dehydration.


The change between hot and cold air can cause dizziness, which can also trigger nausea. If you feel dizzy, you should leave the sauna and rest. One solution may be to slowly adjust the change between hot and cold air.


If you are stressed, this can also lead to nausea. Stress can affect the body and make you feel dizzy and nauseous. One solution may be to do relaxation exercises before going to the sauna to relieve stress.


Staying too long in the sauna can cause overheating, which in turn causes nausea. It is important to take regular breaks and not to extend the sauna visit for too long to avoid overheating.

Our conclusion

Going to the sauna can be a relaxing and restorative experience, but if you don’t take care of your body and take the proper precautions, you may experience unpleasant side effects such as nausea, dizziness or headaches. Therefore, it is important to listen to your body when taking a sauna and take appropriate breaks to maintain a carefree sense of well-being.


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