Generally speaking, any part of the day is good for a regular sauna session. The health effects of an infrared sauna, though, are best received either early in the morning or late at night. Infrared saunas are different from the traditional type in that the former produces reduced, safer heat levels compared to the latter’s steam.
As the name suggests, infrared saunas use infrared energy, mostly the far infrared (FIR), to provide optimum relaxation and detoxification. Only a little further from the wavelength of visible light, infrared heat is considered safe since it warms specific targets like your body without affecting the surrounding temperature. Experts also regard infrared saunas suitable for most types of users because their operating range is between 110° and 150°F.
Maximizing Infrared Heat
If you’re a first-time user, limit your sessions to 30 minutes for the first week. Even if FIR is deemed harmless, longer durations at the start may be disorienting since your body absorbs around 93% of the heat in every session. Only after your body has adjusted to the temperatures will you extend your use from 30 to 40 minutes, up to a maximum of 45 to 60 minutes to achieve the best effects.
Similar to other treatments, infrared sauna therapy doesn’t guarantee immediate results. You may not even sweat as much as you expect during your first two to three sessions since your body is still adapting. Regular and proper use is key.