Live a longer life, enjoy better health – use a sauna daily!
Sauna users are less likely to die of heart of attacks than non-sauna users
Saunas are really popular in Finland. Really popular, as in “pretty much everyone has a sauna” popular. Finnish people know that sauna use contributes to overall health and relaxation. This is also backed up by hard science. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) studied a potential link between sauna usage and the risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal cardiovascular disease, fatal coronary disease, as well as dying from any cause. The study involved a group of over 2,300 men aged 42-60 from Finland. The men were tracked for approximately 21 years. As Finns do, they all used saunas. However, some of the men were more frequent sauna users than the others. They were broken into three groups: weekly users (once per week), regular users (2-3 times per week), and daily users (seven times per week).
The results of the study:
Those men who used saunas more frequently (2-3 times per week) had a 22% lower risk of sudden cardiac death than those who used saunas less frequently (once per week). They also had a 23% lower risk of coronary heart disease, and a 27% lower rate of dying from heart disease. Finally, men who used a sauna 2-3 times per week had a 24% lower risk of dying from any cause!
Those men who used saunas daily had a 63% lower risk of sudden cardiac death compared to those who were once-a-week users. They also had a 48% lower risk of coronary heart disease, and a 50% lower rate of dying from heart disease. Finally, men who used a sauna daily had a 40% lower risk of dying from any cause!
The study also found that the ideal length of time to spend in the sauna was about 20 minutes a day, which was associated with significantly better outcomes than a sauna visit of just ten minutes.
Here’s what the experts have to say:
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine’s editor-in-chief, Rita Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco:
"Although we do not know why the men who took saunas more frequently had greater longevity (whether it is the time spent in the hot room, the relaxation time, the leisure of a life that allows for more relaxation time or the camaraderie of the sauna), clearly time spent in the sauna is time well spent”.
Improve your health, live longer, and enjoy life: join the millions of people who enjoy the enormous health benefits of a sauna.