Having a regular sleep pattern is essential for good health, yet up to 40% of people don't get the recommended minimum of 7-8 hours sleep per night and 25% of people suffer from extended periods of insomnia. The impact of this is not only fatigue throughout the day, but a lack of sleep has been linked to a whole range of negative health conditions including hormone imbalances, weight gain and a weakened immune system amongst other things.
While you may have been aware of some other benefits of using an infrared sauna, you will probably be surprised to learn how regular use of an infrared sauna can help you to fall asleep easier and for longer, whilst also giving you more energy through out the day. On this page, we will detail the science behind how this works and the benefits of the Heat Healer for promoting regular sleep and increased energy levels.
How the Heat Healer can help to regulate your sleep
There are many factors that influence how well you sleep with thermoregulation being a critical one. Thermoregulation refers to how your body maintains, or regulates it's core body temperature.
During the day, your body will maintain a relatively steady core temperature of approximately 37C (98.6F). However this will fluctuate slightly as you move through the sleep-awake cycle (your circadian rhythm), whereby your body will naturally cool down slightly at night as you prepare yourself to go to sleep. This cool down in body temperature signals to your brain that it is time to start producing melatonin, which is your body's sleep hormone.
Your body temperature continues to drop throughout the night as you sleep, before rising again in the morning as you wake up, along with the production of cortisol (your body's stress hormone). This is your body's natural way of preparing you to face the day.
So how does the Heat Healer help?
Essentially, you can hack your body's thermoregulation process by using the Heat Healer 90-minutes before you go to bed. Whilst you are in the Heat Healer your core body temperature will temporarily rise, which is then proceeded by a fast decline back to your normal resting core temperature. As your core body temperature declines, your circadian clock gets a kick-start and your body will become primed for sleep as your brain naturally starts to produce melatonin in response to the cool down.
The end result is that you will be optimising your body to be in the best condition for a healthy, natural sleep.
Putting your mind into a state of calm relaxation
Perhaps better than anyone else, insomniacs know how difficult it is to fall asleep when you’re anxious, nervous, worried, or otherwise wound up. It’s no wonder that insomnia and anxiety disorders often go hand-in-hand.
Even people without anxiety enjoy saunas for their ability to induce a calming sense of relaxation. By using an infrared sauna before bed, you calm your body and mind, making it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. A calmer mind sleeps better for longer than a restless one.
If you make a habit out of using the Heat Healer, you’ll extend these calming benefits. For example, by consistently using the Heat Healer at night, you mentally train your brain to recognize it as part of a bedtime routine that ends with you falling asleep.
You can boost the relaxation benefits of the Heat Healer even further by pairing it with meditation or deep breathing exercises that also promote good sleep.