Saunas are already established as a great method for potential health benefits. Research suggests that various types of saunas are beneficial not only for healthy people, but for those with any sort of disease and chronic pain issues as well.
In short, yes, you can take a sauna every day. As long as you don't feel like you're overdoing it and don't have any pre-existing medical conditions which could interfere with your experience, you're good to go.
How many days a week should you use a sauna?
Some people are fine with taking a sauna once or twice per week. Generally, the amount of days you take a sauna in a week is based on preference.
A research (source) which was done using the Finnish sauna type with middle-aged men who took a sauna 4-7 times a week resulted in 40% decrease in all-cause mortality compared to those who took a sauna once per week.
The same research suggested that taking a sauna every day is associated with a 66% risk reduction in developing dementia or Alzheimer's compared with taking a sauna once per week. Both of the outcomes in this research was completed over the span of 20 years.
We covered the Finnish sauna example, but now lets talk about a far infrared sauna. There was a 6% decrease in mortality rate and over 30% reduction in rehospitalization cases for people who have heart failure and related issues.
This confirms the fact that the amount of days you should be taking a sauna solely depends on preference. How long you stay in the sauna during a session is a different story. We suggest making sure that you aren't overdoing it and listening to the signals from your body.
If you feel better and healthier taking a sauna twice a week, or three times a week, stick to it. Listening to your body and putting your health first is always the best approach. But taking saunas daily is a safe and viable option.
Can you overuse a sauna?
People have different health issues and different tolerance levels. It is entirely possible to overuse a sauna if you are not listening to your body and staying inside too much.
It also depends on the temperature of your sauna. If the heat is too much to handle, your body will react poorly, you might feel light headed and even lose consciousness. A high temperature is not always good.
As for long-term overuse, there is no indicator that you can develop any health issues from taking a sauna over a longer period of time. In fact, your body will reap a lot of benefits by including more sauna time in your routine.
Drink water during your sauna sessions and let the sweat run. Try to avoid alcohol use when taking a sauna, as it increases the risk of hypotension and arrhythmia.
Taking everything into consideration, we can see that overusing a sauna is possible, but it depends on how your body handles it. Never ignore the signals your body is giving you and enjoy the health benefits that come with sweating out the toxins from your skin.
Depending on your health, you may also adjust the amount of sessions you take during your sauna day. If you are healthy and feel like your body can handle multiple sessions, it is safe to do so.
Always remember not to go overboard and 'over-hot'.
In conclusion, yes, you can take a sauna every day while staying healthy and reaping the benefits. You can overuse a sauna if you are not careful and not listening to the signals from your body.
Don't ignore any health issues which might impact your sauna experience, but rather adjust to it and improve your health, blood flow, reduce chronic pain, like lower back pain and minimize risk of disease development.
Staying healthy is most important. Overusing the sauna and forcing too many sessions can be counterproductive - the health benefits won't be there anymore.