Some of those benefits may include better sleep quality and improved energy. Though more research is needed to back up these claims, one small study found that participants experienced an increase in melatonin production and better sleep quality following infrared light therapy, which ultimately led to greater athletic endurance.
“Studies have looked at the impact of infrared saunas on conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, headache, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and found evidence of benefit,” Namavar says. While more research is necessary to bolster these findings, Namavar notes, based on current understanding, there are “no negative effects from utilizing infrared therapy.”
If you’re thinking about trying sauna therapy, we recommend chatting with your doctor to find out if it’s the right tool for you. Whether your doctor recommends it for specific health reasons, or you’re interested in saunas for the spa-like self care benefits, here are some of the best at-home options on the market: