An experimental study at the University of Eastern Finland provides new insight into changes that take place in the human body during and after having a sauna. The study analysed the effects of a 30-minute sauna bath in 100 test subjects.
Immediately after 30 minutes of sauna bathing, test subjects’ blood pressure reduced and remained lower even after 30 minutes of sauna bathing. During sauna bathing, test subjects’ heart rate increased similarly to medium-intensity exercise, and their body temperature rose by approximately 2°C. The findings shed light on the physiological mechanisms through which health benefits, which have been observed at the population level and are caused by the heat exposure of sauna, may develop.
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