Why You’ll Sleep Better With Infrared Therapy

Sleep is the best anti-aging remedy money can’t buy. For some of us, it can be elusive. And like many things, you don’t appreciate a good night’s sleep until it’s gone. Or hard to attain. So, aside from sleeping pills, sleeping masks, weighted blankets, and a bit of meditating, what can help assure we get more Zzzzzs? Enter the infrared sauna. Literally, step inside for 20-30 minutes at night. Let the heat do its magic, and there’s a great chance you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Why would something designed to relax and even detox you provide better sleep, you ask? We wondered the same. But first, we looked at what’s keeping us awake at night in the first place.

What’s The Last Thing You Drank?

A nightcap, a second glass of wine with dinner, or a midday jolt of caffeine to keep us powering through the day—whether we know it or not, each can be a sleep deterrent. The alcohol isn’t as obvious, since it seems to help us wind down and therefore should be followed by a better snooze. Caffeine is a little more obvious. But even if your last sip of coffee was midday, it can still keep you up into the wee hours of the night.

“The half-life of caffeine—i.e., the amount of time it takes for the body to process just half—is usually around five hours but can vary from one to as much as nine hours,” says Dr. Broderick, a neurologist and sleep specialist. This means if you drink a cup of coffee late afternoon or even after dinner, you may not get as much shuteye.

Alcohol, on the other hand, even though it’s a depressant, causes rebound alertness, affecting our REM sleep, leading to insomnia, or leaving you groggy when you do wake. Cut out alcohol in the evening, and you could improve your sleep.

What about a glass of warm milk? Drink milk before you go to bed, and this age-old remedy may actually help, assuming you’re not lactose-intolerant. Tryptophan, which is an amino acid, helps produce melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone in our bodies that signals sleep. So, milk might be a viable option to help you nod off.

However, maybe something else is keeping you up at night.

Step Away From The Devices

The electronic age has left many of us wanting that last scroll, chapter skim, or read-through of whatever it is we’re drawn to on our devices before our head hits the pillow. For some, it’s checking social media. For others, it’s a reading good book or answering your last few emails before the day ends. These are all common practices, however, the thing that’s deterring our sleep is the fact that it’s all happening on a screen.

According to the Sleep Foundation, “The blue light emitted by many devices disrupts the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep and can throw off your circadian rhythm.” Blue light suppresses melatonin, so it makes sense that if you spend an hour or more before bedtime staring at a laptop, phone or tablet, your sleep will be disrupted. Additionally, the stimulating effect of a movie or email on your brain makes it harder to power down.

So, let’s say you stayed away from alcohol and caffeine, set aside your device hours ago, and snuggled in for a final wind down. What else might be distracting you?

Organize Your Thoughts

Have you ever stayed awake worrying about a presentation or test the next day, or replaying a conversation in your head from earlier? Or you finally climb between the sheets and there are swirls of tasks left undone. Now you’re stressing about where they’ll fit in during the week. Any of these can lead to hours of tossing and turning.

Often when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, we really just need to be better at prioritizing. It could be as easy as establishing a bedtime routine. Or, write a to-do list and set it aside for when you wake up.

A study was published several years ago by the Sleep Research Society that showed that de-cluttering your bedroom space improves sleep. Something simple as putting laundry away can reduce sleep anxiety. Getting more organized in the bedroom in general can eliminate distractions and add a sense of ease to your surroundings.

Sounds like sweet dreams can be attainable, right? Let’s talk about the easiest task of all, an infrared therapy session.

Why Infrared As A Bedtime Routine?

Infrared saunas provide an amazing amount of health benefits after just a short, 30-minute session. Used over time, they can help your body recover from pain, injury, reduce migraines and muscle strains, and even strengthen the immune system. We’re still learning one area, which is why you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Here’s what we understand so far—

Shortly after entering your infrared sauna, you’ll begin to sweat, and your body will naturally begin to release tension. The intense heat spurs chemical changes, increasing the production of endorphins. These help calm and relax our bodies. In addition, hormones like cortisol, which triggers a flight or fight response and can be produced as a result of any stress, will balance out as the infrared seeps into your core.

Any soreness, pain, or muscle tightness you are experiencing, even if you’re not aware of it, will gradually disperse as a result of the high heat and sweating that occurs during an infrared session. The sauna works much like a good jog or workout, increasing your heart rate, but also providing a release so that you can more easily cool off and wind down.Sauna Detox Benefits - Health Mate Sauna blog article

Speaking of cooling off, as you near bedtime, your body goes through a change in temperature. Your core temperature decreases before bed, signaling the production of melatonin.  Once you leave the sauna, your body temperature will begin dropping and kickstart the sleep process. For that reason, it’s also helpful to reduce the temperature in your bedroom at night. This assists with the body’s naturally occurring thermoregulation that ensures a good night’s rest.

And Now You Know!

Spending time in an infrared sauna can be a wonderful way to help you beat insomnia, along with many other health problems. While it’s important to have a balanced lifestyle, there’s a reason why this centuries-old tradition has made a strong comeback. It’s one of the easiest, least invasive paths to well-being, without any side effects.

Contact Health Mate for more information on how to get started enjoying infrared therapy in the comfort of your own home.

Alzheimer’s: Does Infrared Delay Symptoms?

Have you noticed that next to looking younger, one of the biggest topics in the news is…wait, what was it? Oh right, it’s helping our minds stay younger! Kidding aside, brain health is key to our longevity and has been a primary focus of doctors for years. It’s important to discuss using infrared to delay dementia and potentially, Alzheimer’s disease.

The continued rise of Alzheimer’s cases has many health providers concerned about preventing brain degeneration. How do we keep cognitive decline at bay? Staying mentally sharp is something we can all work on long before any kind of diagnosis occurs. More than a few studies are showing that light therapy and infrared can help.

Doctors and scientists are devoted to learning what actually causes Alzheimer’s and dementia. Just when they think they discover a genetic marker or link, new studies turn up additional conclusions. They do know that the brain is an organ that performs many functions. Similar to a muscle, to keep it working we must stimulate it and keep it ‘elastic.’

More specifically, our cognitive function is linked to cellular regeneration and proper circulation. Cognitive decline happens as we age. If brain cells become unhealthy or damaged, dementia can result.

First, let’s get a basic understanding of what defines Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a disease, like Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, or Lewy Body disorder, which affects cognitive function. It starts most noticeably as memory loss and progresses with symptoms such as “disorientation, mood, and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.”

Alzheimer’s cause is still mostly unknown, although it has been linked to a build-up of plaques on brain neurons and affects all parts of the brain. Currently, it has no immediate cure and is considered fatal.

A survey done showed that 44% of Americans say they don’t worry about getting Alzheimer’s if it doesn’t run in their family. However, the disease is not entirely genetic, particularly with late-onset Alzheimer’s which normally affects people over 60.

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Dementia is an umbrella term that’s considered “a syndrome; it describes several chronic and progressive brain diseases, of which Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent.” Alzheimer’s causes dementia, not the other way around. Medically, dementia is defined as “when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die.” While people naturally lose some neurons as they age, it’s possible to age without having any signs or symptoms of dementia. Additionally, dementia is potentially reversible.

Infrared To Improve Brain Function

In recent years, studies have been done that link infrared to better circulation, heart function, blood pressure, and other positive health benefits. Since your heart and blood affect the organs and many other body functions, it follows that your brain will benefit from infrared as well.

Scientists have performed multiple studies and trials related to infrared and its effect on memory, brain health, and Alzheimer’s. While medication is still being improved for delaying or reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms, infrared has shown promising results in helping with the regeneration of essential brain proteins. A study being conducted over two years seeks to show that near-infrared, or LED red light treatment, could also help. This study is still ongoing.

A further investigation conducted just this year to determine if near-infrared light therapy helps reduce diseased cells and inflammation proved successful, specifically in addressing Alzheimer’s.

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With any illness prevention doctors have found that lifestyle changes can also help stave off decline, including with our brains. Using infrared to delay dementia along with good diet and exercise is a valid option. Not everyone is aware of it yet, but it can provide lasting, positive results.

Health Mate saunas offer the full spectrum of infrared treatment and are designed for ultimate wellness. For near-infrared treatment, the Chromotherapy option offers the red light desired for enhancing our cell function and regeneration.  Learn more about our models and the range of features offered.

Making Infrared Part Of A Fitness Routine

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to appreciate proper prep before a workout or competition. Warm-up sessions before exercise or sports improve safety and may extend endurance. Making infrared therapy part of your fitness plan is also a smart practice.

As a kid you might have hurried through the whole ‘warm up’ routine in P.E. class, which often took the form of jumping jacks and toe touches. If you played a sport, the coach made sure warm-up was part of practice and competition.

As an adult, you realize the value of warming up and incorporate it into your exercise routine or wake-up regimen. Basically, warming up or stretching is essential. It keeps you limber, increases your range of motion, and helps you avoid injury.

Before you launch into major fitness or physical activity, stretching and doing light movement as a lead-up signals your muscles, “Hey, we’re about to get busy.”

What’s also critical is how you end your workout. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a cool-down, but it’s equally important as a warmup for your muscles and your heart. Slowing the pace of your activity, like swimming, running, or doing a cross-fit class, is a gradual way to cool down. A good stretch helps, too.

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Whichever you choose, the point of ramping down is to help your body properly recover and relax so you’re ready the next time.

Infrared plays a key role in both warming up and recovering.

Infrared for Performance & Recovery

For most athletes, the warmup process is second nature. They understand that their goals, whether it be to win a game, improve their score, or simply achieve a certain level of performance, are more attainable the better prepared they are. Some athletes have even used infrared emitting clothing to enhance their performance.

Many sports participants, whether professional or amateur, turn to infrared as a tool for assuring they get the most from their game or workout. Diet and nutrition, sleep, and mental rejuvenation all play a role, as does proper body care.

 

Ideally, your performance outcomes are improving as you go. You could be a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, or weekend warrior with a workout regime. Whichever the case, you should allow some downtime in between activities for your body to recover.

Studies show infrared therapy helps with recovery and even with building muscle mass, which can ensure consistent or elevated performance.

What’s great is that infrared not only helps with recovery, but with stress, anxiety relief, and better sleep. Overall, sauna therapy will benefit your health even if you take a break from fitness.

Infrared To Treat Injury

Runner’s knee, tendonitis, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, muscle pulls….yikes! For all of the benefits that come with sports and physical activity, there are sometimes injuries along the way. Even with proper warm-up and cool-down practices, accidents can happen.

A black and white image of a woman grabbing her shoulder while relaxing in an infrared sauna.

Fortunately, infrared saunas can improve your body’s rate of healing. Just like the heat helps maintain your muscle’s flexibility and range of motion, the deep penetration of far infrared can expedite cell rejuvenation. This aids in the repair of muscles and tendons.

For prolonged injuries, regular sauna sessions can be the saving grace that keeps pain at bay. Chronic pain sufferers have found infrared makes a great addition to their healing regimen. This finding is backed by science, including a study conducted in the Netherlands.

Health Mate has designed and manufactured infrared saunas for more than 40 years as a solution for people to maintain and regain proper health. If you haven’t already, see our current models and learn more about the benefits of infrared therapy.

 

Infrared Saunas Are IN For Summer

Temperatures are rising and the water is calling! It’s summer–time to get outside and enjoy the weather along with beaches, lakes, rivers, and pools. This is also the time when many dedicated sauna-goers abandon their infrared sessions for cooler activities. It seems reasonable, given that many of us use infrared heat for relaxation, and now that weather has warmed you can do the same away from home. But wait! Infrared saunas are IN for summer!

Better Heat Tolerance

Whether or not you believe climate change is a reality, it’s evident that our summer temperatures seem to be rising every year. You may be a warm-weather person, but even the most heat-tolerant among us will reach a point where temps are beyond comfortable. Escaping to air-conditioned indoors becomes inevitable. For some people the AC goes on the minute the weather turns humid, and for others, it’s the last resort when ice water, ceiling fans, and tank tops have failed to provide enough relief.

Enter the infrared sauna!

Each of us has a varying level of heat tolerance and depending on where you live that can vary. Once you use an infrared sauna on a regular basis, you’ll notice improved endurance in warm weather or heated situations. A 20-30 minute session offers the most robust benefits. Whether it means being able to sit in the sun longer or acclimating well to indoor climates above 75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit, infrared sessions can aid you in the long run.

A recent U.S. study done in 2021 confirmed, “Repeated sauna use acclimates the body to heat and optimizes the body’s response to future exposures, likely due to a biological phenomenon known as hormesis.” Hormesis at its most basic is cells adapting to a stressor, which in this case is high heat.

If you’re an athlete or if you exercise often, you’ll experience results differently. Being able to endure heat at higher levels will help increase performance as your body will feel less fatigued and you’ll sustain energy levels longer. You’ll also recover faster.

Infrared Saunas Help With Summer Exercise

One thing is essential when experiencing heat exposure, and that is proper hydration. Read on…

H-2-O For Hydration

Everyone, from doctors to nutritionists to fitness coaches, agrees that any sauna experience should include proper hydration. This means having fluids before and even during an infrared session. Since saunas are designed for high heat penetration, the first thing your body will do is sweat, which means a loss of fluids. It’s important that you’re properly hydrated and replace these fluids so you don’t get heat stroke and faint. It also helps aid your kidney function as it eliminates toxins.

Just like you would hydrate before or during a workout, you’ll want to prep before entering the sauna. Water is best, but sports drinks will work as well.

Hydration Is Key For Sauna

When choosing a sports drink, be sure it has a proper amount of potassium and sodium. Drinks with electrolytes are good because they help replenish mineral loss when you sweat while also helping you absorb fluids.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol drinks, as those can actually dehydrate you and will tax your liver and kidneys further. Stick to water and you’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed once your sauna session is complete.

When your sauna session is over and you’ve dried off, you should definitely reach for some water if you didn’t have any during your session. While you might not feel thirsty immediately, your body will definitely thank you.

So, you’ve built your heat tolerance, stayed hydrated and you’re feeling much more energetic? Great! Let’s talk about another way setting regular sauna visits can help during summer.

Boost Immunity Before Winter

As soon as the summer ends and the weather starts to cool off again, you’ll start to see flyers for flu shots and commercials for cough medicine. Winter seems to hail the onset of viruses as if it’s just part of the cycle of life. But it doesn’t have to be!

Build Heat Tolerance And Stay Fit

What infrared can help with, and science has confirmed, is building our immune defenses. But why wait until fall or winter to start enhancing your health? By taking time to use your sauna every week during summer, you can ensure a hardier immune system. Imagine sailing through winter with nary a sniffle. Wouldn’t that be great?

The way that infrared saunas can help is fairly simple. As your core temperature heats up, your cells, like when you have a fever, start to have an immune response. Of course, you also want to maintain a good diet and incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, but an infrared sauna is a great tool to jumpstart and maintain good health.

Take advantage of summer downtime and don’t let your sauna gather dust—get in and stay healthy. Remember, infrared saunas are in for summer.

Sauna Best Practices

Do drink water before, during, and even after a sauna session, since you’ll deplete fluids via sweat
Do try to spend an average of 20 minutes per session to get the most benefits from infrared heat penetration
Do rinse or towel off after a sauna session, since salts produced via sweat can clog pores
Do follow any medical guidelines if you have health conditions, before using the sauna
Do use the sauna after exercise or sports participation as a way to recover quicker and to relax muscles
Do enjoy the sauna as a way to build heat tolerance, especially during warmer weather months

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Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine drinks before or during your sauna session as they’ll dehydrate you
Don’t eat an hour or two before a sauna session as food will require energy for digestion and your heart will already be working harder from the intense heat
Don’t start off with long sessions if you’re new to saunas, rather limit sessions to 5-10 minutes or lower the temperature in your sauna as you get started

Health Mate offers a variety of saunas, some that are portable and use a smaller footprint, others that can offer the comfort of cabin space. Make sauna sessions social by inviting a friend with a larger, two- or three-person model. There’s an affordable sauna for every lifestyle.

7 Questions About Infrared Saunas

Saunas are elevating how we invest in our everyday well-being. Finding the right sauna for your health needs and lifestyle can be challenging, though. At Health Mate Sauna, we use infrared technology that offers a rejuvenating and revitalizing sauna experience, providing plenty of mental and physical benefits along the way. To help you navigate the research process in choosing a home infrared sauna, we’ve answered the 7 most common questions about infrared saunas so you can make an informed decision.

1) How much does a sauna cost?

When you invest in an infrared sauna you are investing in so much more than just a piece of equipment. A sauna is also an investment in your health and well-being. Health Mate saunas can range in price from $2k to $10k+ with many options available among the models. Our premium, handcrafted saunas are designed to fit a variety of budgets. Plus, you have the option of financing, so you can own the sauna that’s right for you and pay it off over time.

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2) What are the health benefits?

From relaxation and pain relief to immune support and weight loss, the multitude of benefits a sauna provides is extensive. Saunas are most commonly known to help relieve tired, aching muscles after a long day, in addition to easing stress and tension. They can also help rid your body of toxins, ease joint pain, and aid in optimal blood circulation.

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3) Is it safe to use?

Yes! Infrared saunas naturally warm the body from within, penetrating your muscles and nerves. Our saunas have all been tested for ultra-low EMF, which means your radiation exposure is at a safe level. Since infrared saunas heat the body instead of just heating the air in the room, it’s a more relaxing experience. Follow directions, along with any recommended medical advice, to ensure the best outcome.

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4) How much electricity does it use?

Infrared saunas do not warm the air or generate steam as a traditional sauna does. In that way, infrared heat emits at a lower temperature and requires less electricity. Health Mate saunas typically require 120V and can use a standard outlet in any room. However, larger saunas sometimes require additional voltage. See our models for more details and specifications. 

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5) How much space is required?

Health Mate saunas are designed as small as a portable dome sauna and as large as a therapy lounge. They don’t require additional plumbing or refurbishing. Also, saunas can be placed on wood, tile, concrete, or carpet, basically, anywhere you have a corner or free spot in your living area. Even better, they are simple to assemble!

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6) Does an infrared sauna help you detox?

Your infrared sauna will inevitably cause your body to sweat. Sweating is the body’s natural process for regulating temperature and allows for a level of detox which takes some load off your liver function. Infrared sauna technology heats the body directly by using infrared heat and light. This raises the body’s temperature deep inside the tissues and organs and promotes a deeper level of detox, while also boosting your immune levels.

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7) Can I use essential oils in the sauna?

Absolutely! We encourage you to incorporate essential oils into your sauna sessions to enhance the normal infrared sauna experience. With accessories like the Aroma Mate aromatherapy cup you can transform your sauna into a spa-like, calming oasis.

 

When you choose to elevate your health and well-being with a home sauna, you want to choose the best sauna possible. Now that you have some answers to the most common infrared questions about owning a personal sauna, choose to invest in yourself. Read up on the selection of our award-winning Health Mate saunas or check out our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

Do Saunas Help You Lose Weight?

There are many reasons to purchase a sauna, with one of the most sought-after benefits being weight loss. Eating healthy and being active is great for weight loss, however, over time it can become increasingly difficult to continue making progress. While weight loss is one of the more challenging health goals people face, there is an easy and doable solution that can assist you in your pursuit of better health through weight loss, purchasing an infrared sauna.

 

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An infrared sauna is a great tool to use when it comes to your health. But does a sauna burn calories and really aid in weight loss? It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer. Burning that many calories is equivalent to jogging or swimming for an hour. While jogging and swimming can be taxing on the body, sitting in an infrared sauna can be performed by anyone. To answer the question, do saunas help you lose weight? Absolutely, an infrared sauna is a great tool to incorporate into your weight loss plan.

 

“It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer.”

 

One of the main reasons infrared sauna weight loss works is due to the mid and far-infrared light. As they are able to penetrate the skin and reach a deeper level of body tissue compared to a traditional sauna. A common misconception is that weight loss caused by an infrared sauna is temporary. However, what is really being observed is the quick loss and gain of “water weight”. Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital states, “the magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.”

When searching for a sauna to aid in your weight loss journey, it’s important to factor in the quality of the materials, the heater, and who the company is. Many sauna companies use materials that contain toxins in the wood, heaters, and other components such as glue that your body will then absorb. While this sounds scary, it’s easy to navigate away from bad materials through simple and quick research on the brand. Health Mate, in particular, has been producing infrared saunas the longest out of all their competitors. Has a five-stage quality control system to ensure your sauna is up to Health Mate standards, and they only use the best materials that are toxic-free. Since 1979, Health Mate has been producing saunas and aiding in its customer’s pursuit of better health through weight loss as you can see here.

 

The magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.” ~ Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford

 

Another key topic to research when choosing an infrared sauna is the financing options they offer. As this will show how far your dollar can really go. Some infrared sauna brands offer little to no financing options and also don’t offer different sizing options of their saunas. This is another area where Health Mate is superior. With multiple sizing options and financing available, purchasing their infrared sauna is less of a towering financial commitment. You can also purchase exactly what you’d like, in the size that best suits your needs.

Overall, utilizing an infrared sauna on top of your daily health habits can certainly help you lose weight. Through increasing your metabolism, increasing your heart rate, and regulating your body’s stress and cortisol levels, an infrared sauna (Health Mate in particular) is an extremely wise investment.

How To Care For Your Infrared Sauna

Congratulations! You’ve invested in your health with an infrared sauna. This is a purchase that can last you over a decade when you shop with Health Mate, especially if you make the effort to keep it in good condition. Here are our tips for keeping your in-home, wooden infrared sauna in great working order:

  1. Shower before using your sauna

    pexels karolina grabowska The easiest way to keep your sauna clean is to clean yourself before using it. When you avoid bringing in dirt, dust, and oils in the first place, you can stay one step ahead in maintenance.

  2. Lightly Clean Your Sauna After Each Use

    its easy for backrests, benches, and surfaces you touch to get damagedAfter every session, simply wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth. Make sure to hit the areas you touch like the control panel, the door handle, and the seating. Don’t forget the backrest if you use one.

  3. Dust The Interior and Exterior

    Dust can easily collect in places where you can’t see—like the top of the unit or in crevices. Take some time while cleaning the rest of your home to dust the inside of your sauna. If you have an Inspire model, don’t forget to check around the recessed lighting.

    inspire f Try to dust the top, sides, and back of your unit once a month. This will help keep the electrics in good working order too.

  4. Watch Your Heater

    If your sauna has carbon flat panels, like the Renew series, these can be dusted to maintain the fabric. Our Tecoloy Heaters are designed to provide maximum heat at maximum efficiency. Because of this, their shape is a little harder to clean. Compressed air can be used to clean dust and dirt out of the heater casing.

  5. Keep the floor clean

    You’re likely using the sauna barefoot. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the floor is clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor once every few sessions. It can also be cleaned with a damp cloth like the rest of the unit. It’s not recommended to use shoes in your sauna, as they can scuff the wood and track in more dirt.

  6. Use a towel to protect your sauna

    Putting a towel down before sitting in your sauna will help keep perspiration off the wood surfaces, reducing the risk of staining. If you have a bench cushion, putting a towel down can help increase the longevity of the cushion.

  7. Care for the wood

    Don’t use any treatments on the interior of your sauna. However, if you’d like the sauna exterior to look shiny and new, you can use wood polish or oil (NOT paint or varnish) to keep the wood healthy. This is especially helpful if your unit is exposed to a lot of sunlight via window or glass door. It will also help protect the wood from warping or buckling over time.

  8. Sweat stains? Sand them out

    Sanding down the stained area removes it from your saunaIf your sauna gets stained from sweat or some other substance, you can lightly sand them away. Be sure to use a high grit sandpaper and work in a small inconspicuous are first. A wood oil can be used after you’re done revitalize the wood. Make sure not to use toxic substances on your sauna’s interior, since heat can release oils and substances in the wood.

  9. Keep Your Sauna Dry

    Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and stains. Try to leave the door open while it cools down so that the humidity can escape. Then close the door to keep excess moisture and dust out. Luckily infrared saunas use dry heat, so you there isn’t a lot of moisture, but sweat is a concern and if you live somewhere humid the air can shorten the lifespan of your sauna’s wood.

  10. Stay away from the rays!

    infrared sauna for saleUV light can bleach and damage wood. Avoid placing your sauna in a spot where it gets a lot of direct light during the day. This can eventually lead to buckling and warping in addition to bleached spots on the wood. If prolonged sun exposure is unavoidable, try rotating or moving your sauna every 6 months.

Now you’re prepared to take care of your sauna for years to come while it takes care of you. Read up on the benefits of infrared sauna or checkout our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

The Best Solo Infrared Sauna: Health Mate Essential Comfort

For over 40 years, Health Mate has distinguished itself by prioritizing quality and excellence in the production of infrared saunas. We were the first to embrace infrared technology in the industry and we have remained dedicated to excellence. After years of development, we’re proud to introduce a one person dome sauna that meets the high Health Mate Standard of all our saunas: The Health Mate Essential Comfort.  

The Essential Comfort is Health Mate’s debut solo sauna. It uses the same Low EMF carbon heaters from our best-selling Renew series—7 total heaters in two separately controlled arrays for 360 degrees of soothing infrared heat. The model is completely collapsible, allowing for easy out-of-the-way storage, making it suitable for small spaces. 

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Why We Created the Essential Comfort 

As more people discover the amazing benefits of sauna, the demand has grown for new ways of providing infrared sauna benefits at home. The truth is not everyone has the space in their home for a large wooden box. And for massage therapists or physical therapists who must bring their equipment with them, a sauna has to be mobile and have an easy set-up to be a practical therapy.  

The Essential Comfort answers those needs while still being a durable, high-quality product. Unlike sauna bags or tents, our solo sauna is roomy and prioritizes comfort and durability. We know it will last you years to come, which is why we provide a 2-year warranty.   

Key Features of the Essential Comfort Personal Sauna  

  • Ultra-Low EMF Heaters  
  • Anti-microbial bamboo pad and headrest  
  • Ergonomic memory foam mat for gentle support  
  • Collapsible mat and dome for easy storage  
  • 80% more efficient than other infrared saunas  

If you are interested in getting more information about the Essential Comfort or purchasing a model, call or check out the product page. 

What makes the Essential Comfort a different infrared sauna 

Compact and Convenient 

The Essential Comfort is designed to be easy to move, store, and set up for use. It can be laid out on the floor, on a massage table, or even outside on a deck or patio. Because the pad and headrest anti-microbial, it’s easy to keep clean and sanitary. 

The Essential Comfort is easy to fold and store

Superior Design and Materials 

Health Mate was the first to produce infrared saunas in the US and we take pride in the superior production of our saunas. The Essential Comfort is no exception.   

The mat and headrest are made of supportive memory foam and covered in natural bamboo fabric. The dome itself is water-resistant and breathable, making it comfortable for the user and easy to keep clean. The frame’s sturdy construction makes it more durable than your standard solo sauna, which we back up with a two-year warranty. 

Low EMF 

In response to consumer concerns, Health Mate has taken the extra steps to ensure that our heaters and saunas are Low EMF. Our heaters are certified low EMF by a third-party company and our 5 levels of quality assurance guarantee excellence.   

Efficient 

The Essential Comfort uses carbon heaters that produce far-infrared radiation. This is 80% more efficient than other forms of radiant heat. FIR from the Essential Comfort can penetrate an inch deep into the body, meaning you are warmed from within and not just at the skin’s surface. 

What are the health benefits of the Essential Comfort sauna? 

The benefits of the Essential Comfort are the same as that of any Health Mate sauna: 

  • Pain Relief: Infrared saunas promote circulation, which helps reduce inflammation around injuries.  
  • Skin Health: saunas encourage sweating, which helps clear pores of toxins and dead skin cells. In addition, increased circulation in the skin helps to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.  
  • Cardiovascular Health: saunas can make blood vessels dilate, making blood flow more easily. Multiple studies have suggested that regular sauna use can have benefits for cardiovascular health (always speak a doctor before using a sauna if you have any ongoing health issues).
  • Weight Loss: saunas raise your heart rate and promote sweating, which helps burn calories and lose weight.
    Infrared saunas may assist with improved health outcomes

How To Use The Essential Comfort Sauna 

Set up is simple for this solo sauna system: 

  1. Layout the pad and headrest on the ground.   
  2. Place the smaller half of the dome over the foot of the pad and the larger half over the upper half, just below the headrest.  
  3. Attach the fabric curtain to the inside of the upper dome.   
  4. Attach the power source to the dome and plug it into the wall.  
  5. Set the sauna to your desired heat setting, get in, and start soaking in the heat.

To get your own Essential Comfort solo sauna, call or checkout the product page.