Infrared therapy is taking the world by storm. Many people are noticing the added health benefits that this form of therapy can bring, especially when it comes to their sleep. While saunas have been the traditional choice for individuals seeking pain relief, relaxation, or other health improvements, many cannot stand the high temperatures that a sauna requires.
As a result, they turn to infrared therapy for a more luxurious experience. Read on to learn more:
What is infrared therapy?
A traditional sauna uses heat to relax your body and ease any aches or pains. On the other hand, infrared therapy still uses heat, but through infrared lamps rather than hot air. Your body is placed under infrared light panels that can more easily penetrate your body’s skin and tissue. This form of therapy is more effective than saunas. It is also a bit cooler, as infrared therapy operates between 120 to 140 degrees rather than a sauna’s 150 to 180.
How, exactly, can infrared therapy help you? As it turns out, it can help in many ways. These include the following health benefits:
- Weight loss
- Skin health
- Heart health and improved circulation
- Pain relief for muscles and joints
- Improved sleep, especially for those with chronic fatigue syndrome (see below)
- And more!
Infrared Therapy and Sleep Benefits
Many adults struggle with getting a good night’s rest. As it turns out, though, infrared therapy can help. Recent studies by the NIH have linked infrared therapy with improved sleep quality. It does this in a few ways. First, it calms and relaxes us, making it easier for us to fall asleep after a stressful day. Second, infrared therapy uses red light, which in turn causes your body to produce melatonin. The more melatonin your body creates before bed, the easier it will be to fall and stay asleep.
By improving your sleep through infrared therapy, you will also experience many of these health benefits:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased alertness
- Improved memory
- Weight loss
- And more