Sauna or Steam Room? That Is the Question

Both Sauna and Steam Rooms have a number of benefits that are good for one’s health, but rather than focusing on which one is better one should focus on their own needs. In short, the individual will have to make up their own mind, after all, only they know themselves.


The heat in a sauna causes the heart to beat faster, and the blood vessels will widen. This improves circulation, as blood can now move freely around the body without any resistance. This can also help with muscle soreness and improving arthritis conditions.

Studies provide evidence that men who use saunas are less likely to die from cardiovascular diseases or cardiac deaths.

Spending time in a sauna can help one lose calories, twenty minutes being the marker for weight loss of 500 calories. When in a sauna the body’s metabolism speeds up similarly to when actual exercise is done. If exercise isn’t a part of the daily routine, all the elements absorbed in the skin on a daily basis like lead, arsenic, and cadmium are still there deep inside the skin. By sweating in saunas, the human body flushes out all those toxins. The last and final benefit one could guess from saunas is that it relieves stress, because just like when you exercise, releases endorphins into your brain, endorphin reduces pain but in massive quantities is known to also reduce stress and anxiety.

Steam Rooms

Similar to saunas, having bath with steam can improve circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and burn calories, though unlike saunas, staying inside steam rooms for more than fifteen minutes isn’t advised, as they lose water weight. Steam Rooms create an environment that warms the mucous membrane and encourages deep breathing. This breaks or clears up congestion inside the sinuses and lungs. Studies have shown that children with respiratory infections recovered faster when they used steam bath than those who didn’t use them. (Don’t use when feverish). Everyone knows that steam is good for the skin, but inside the room, the steam opens up the pores and rinses away any dirt and dead skin that typically result in breakouts. Continued use can result in clear and even-toned skin. Exposure to steam can also stimulate cells that fight off infection, making the individual more immune to illness.

Steam Rooms like saunas can help with sore muscles but more specifically it loosens stiff joints and can be used as a cheat warm-up for activities such as yoga, pilates, or running. Studies have also shown that steaming before exercise made the knee joints more flexible.

In Conclusion

Both Steam and Sauna Rooms are said to be dehydrating, they can help with exercise before or after but it should not be used as a substitute for exercise. Saunas can result in dry mouth, while it’s unhealthy to sit fifteen minutes or longer inside steam rooms, they are also more likely to host germs if cleaning is neglected. Nowadays germs are something, everyone, worries about, so getting an indoor steam/sauna room or DIY sauna kit is understandable. Saunas use dry heat, while Steam Rooms use steam from steam generators. So, in short, Saunas are for relaxation, heart and sore muscles or arthritis, meanwhile, Steam Rooms are for those with sinus/lung congestion or for those with skin issues. Always make sure to hydrate after using either one.

Falling Asleep Quickly

It’s lovely to have a good night’s sleep. Your mind and body feel so rested upon waking up. But if you have trouble falling asleep quickly, it can harm your body, mind, and spirit. So here are some tips on how to fall asleep quickly and easily.

Avoid Taking a Nap

Studies have shown that napping during the day may cause you to have more trouble sleeping at night. That’s because it disrupts your circadian rhythm of sleeping and awakening. So though it’s tempting to take a snooze, try to avoid it.


One good tip to getting to sleep is to read a book. Book reading helps remove those thoughts that may be interfering with your sleep pattern.

Counting Sheep

This may seem like a silly idea, but the concept of counting may induce boredom, which could help you sleep. And sheep are fairly plain animals that one can count without causing an emotional response.

Just Plain Counting

Counting backward from 100 to 1 or even forward from 1 to 4 over and over can induce boredom. It helps remove the issues of the day which may be occupying your mind.

Exercise During the Day

Even if you sleep like a top at night, it’s good to get exercise every day for at least a few minutes. There are several exercise regimens you can choose from, which are found online. Pick one that suits you best for your schedule, and try to stick to it.

Listen to Soothing Music

By soothing, I am referring to something like classical pieces of your choice. There are also musical choices online that you can download to your phone that are good for falling asleep. But try to avoid hard rock or anything like that, or music that is too familiar to you that will get you to start singing your humming.

Lower the Temperature in your Room

Sometimes it isn’t easy falling asleep quickly if you’re too warm. That could be because your room is too warm, or you are using an electric blanket. So it might help to lower your thermostat to a cooler temperature, below 70°F.

Remove the Noise

Sometimes this is tough to do, especially if you have noisy neighbors, a snoring sleep-mate, or a barking dog. However, there are earplugs one can buy at the drugstore, and they do work well. Get the kind that expands into your ear because they help drown out the noise.

Other Ideas

One can also take melatonin, which is a pill that can help you sleep. You can take this during the day as a supplement if you wish. But please be advised that melatonin sometimes causes nightmares.

There are other sleep aids one can take. But if you are on other prescription drugs, it is advisable to check with your doctor before trying any.

And finally, there is meditation. Similar to counting I mentioned earlier, you can try counting your breaths. But if you do this, it’s probably best to only count up to four and try to breathe deeply and evenly when you do so.