Can an infrared sauna help combat depression?

A recent article posted on WebMD finds that infrared sauna use could help those with depression or anxiety issues.

A study was recently conducted with individuals struggling with major depression. In the study, 16 individuals were exposed to infrared heating to induce hyperthermia. It was discovered that, with a single hyperthermia session, depression scores in the participants dropped by nearly 50%–no small number!

A second study was conducted, introducing a blind treatment that would mimic the hyperthermia mixed in with the genuine treatment from the first study. Upon completion of that trial, only those exposed to true hyperthermia therapy produced by infrared heating resulted in a similar result. And, it was noted that even after six weeks the benefits of a single hyperthermia treatment remained a depression deterrent!

From our perspective, one of the reasons this could be so positive is the natural endorphin release that results from sauna sessions. Since endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” peptide that causes a positive analgesic effect, it would seem logical that sauna use would certainly make you feel good. It certainly does to us!

Finnleo Infrared Saunas feature the added benefit of chromatherapy to your sauna session. As far back as Egyptian times, it was noted that bathing in certain colored lighting would generate different physiological responses in the human body. In the case of using infrared sauna therapy to help combat depression, we think that the following might be especially helpful:

  • Red—Known as the symbol of love and life, it is a color reputed to generate enthusiasm
  • Turquoise—A color that encourages mental relaxation and combatting psychological obstacles
  • Blue—Acknowledged for having a calming effect; helpful with sleep disorders and headaches

We’re enjoying the long days of summer right now, but sometimes with the fall and shorter/darker days, depression can attack even those with the strongest mental outlook. Investing in your own infrared sauna could not only help out with depression, it could also stave off short bouts of feeling low.

Visit one of our showrooms today and check out our line of Finnleo Infrared Saunas. All set up indoors in minutes, and several require only a standard household outlet to operate! You’ll love how it will make your body and mind feel.