Interesting Facts About Saunas

Saunas are used around the world as a way to unwind and relax. A traditional sauna works by inducing an increased level of sweating, which leads to an elevated clean feeling. It helps to rid your body of toxins, as improving your general physical and mental health. Saunas also benefit heart health, skin conditions and chronic fatigue, as well as helping with mild depression and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to the wide range of health benefits of saunas, there are many fun and interesting facts about these places of relaxation.

  1. A group of researchers in Germany recently published a study where they followed 22 kindergarten children, to follow differences between those who had a weekly sauna bath to those who didn’t. They found that the children who used the sauna had no reports of colds, ear infections or upper respiratory problems. The children who didn’t have a weekly sauna bath took, on average, twice the number of sick days.
  2. We all know that saunas are an important part of Finnish culture, but the reason why is because the sauna used to be the only place to clean in the long Finnish winter. Some people even had their babies in the sauna as it was the only sterile place with hot water nearby.
  3. Staying with Finland, in a country with a population of 5.3 million people, there are two million saunas. The prime minister and the president of Finland have their own official saunas, and every institution and big company has its own sauna.
  4. In one sauna session, you lose on average 300 calories, due to sweating and a raised metabolic rate. This equates to around 30 minutes of exercise.
  5. Where you sit or lie in a sauna affects you differently. Sitting on the higher bench will always be hotter than the lower bench, and you can find the hottest area of the sauna in the corner diagonally opposite the heater.
  6. A traditional smoke sauna is the ‘original’ sauna, and considered by many people to be unbeaten. Once the wood has burned down, the door is closed to maintain the temperature; there is a lovely aroma of wood smoke left.
  7. Before going into a sauna, it’s expected that you take a shower, to ensure you’re clean and to minimise the spread of germs and infection. After your sauna, you’ll shower again.
  8. Due to saunas helping you sweat out the toxins in your body after drinking, they’re a great cure for a hangover.
  9. If you want to drink during and after your sauna, it’s recommended that you only have a small amount of beer.

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