How to Use an Infrared Sauna Blanket

An infrared sauna blanket is very easy and convenient to use. It's a great way to begin using infrared therapy in your daily life especially if you don’t have the space in your home for a wood sauna.

Infrared therapy helps with deep relaxation, better sleep, muscle recovery, and some people feel it helps them to heal from many different ailments. I have used this helpful tool as one of the many ways I am working on hormone balance and it has been very beneficial. Read more about Far Infrared Saunas and how they work here.

How to use an infrared sauna blanket may not be as obvious or intuitive as using a wood sauna so I will go through some common questions about how to use one. Including where to set it up, how to store it, and how to clean it. 

Where to use an Infrared Sauna Blanket 

When your purpose in using an infrared sauna is for relaxation, an infrared sauna blanket is actually preferable over a standing wood sauna because it allows you to actually fully lay down. In a wood sauna usually there’s only enough room to sit upright.

One way to use the infrared sauna blanket is to lay it out over your bed on top of the comforter, blankets and pillows. It’s a quite comfortable setup this way.  You can keep your arms and shoulders inside or outside of the blanket. Many people like to read, listen to an audiobook, or watch a movie while in the blanket. The company does not suggest using it this way – they suggest using it on top of a massage table or yoga mat which would also work well. In reality, if you are buying an infrared sauna blanket most likely you don't have space to have a massage table set up. Even if you do, it's an added step to your setup and most of us have limited time.

One thing to be very careful about is to make sure of the fabric you are laying on top of it is not sensitive to heat. It gets quite hot and could melt or damage some fabrics so it would be important to lay some thing down under the sauna blanket like a clean yoga mat.

Once you’ve decided on your set up a location, plug in the sauna blanket and then turn it onto a low setting to start. Unzip the zipper down the side in order to be able to get inside. Let it warm up for about 10 minutes. 

What to Wear in an Infrared Sauna Blanket

In a traditional standing wood sauna, most people wear minimal clothing or a towel. In an infrared sauna blanket, you must wear clothing or use a special towel insert. The heating element is close up to your body so you will need to wear loose fitting top, pants, and socks inside the blanket if not using the towel insert. At first, this sounds strange but you will understand why once you do it. The clothing will become quite damp from sweat once you are finished with your session, so in to the wash it goes.

How long to Stay in the Sauna Blanket

The recommended time to stay inside the sauna blanket is 30-45 minutes. Some people start sweating sooner then others but some take up to 30 minutes to even start sweating. You may start to feel your heart rate increase as you sweat. You sweat like you’re working out, without working out. After 45 minutes you will likely be ready to get out of the blanket.

What to do after?

Once you get out of the blanket, turn the dial to off and let it cool down. You'll be ready for a shower! Many people like to take a cold shower to increase the health benefits but a warm shower is ok too.

How to Clean the Infrared Sauna Blanket

Once you have showered the blanket will have started to cool down. It's easy to clean the sauna blanket because of it's material. Get a non-toxic cleaning spray and give it a light sprtiz on the entire inside and wipe down with a cloth. Let it dry completely and cool completely before closing it back up and folding it up for storage.

How to Store the Infrared Sauna Blanket

infrared sauna blanket

The HigherDose blanket folds up very nicely and also comes with a nice case to store the blanket. It folds up perfectly into the bag which can be stored on a shelf, in a closet, or a large drawer. It's convenient to keep it near where you will be using it for quick access. Mine actually folds and fits perfectly in my under bed storage drawer.

HigherDose Infrared Sauna Blanket Features

  • Healing amethyst deepens benefits of infrared
  • Tourmaline layer generates negative ions
  • Charcoal layer binds to pollutants
  • Clay layer emits negative ions and is balancing for the heat
  • Double sided zipper for easy in and out (NEW!)
  • Low EMF heating
  • Easier to access controller
  • Upgraded non-toxic vegan leather for extra comfort (NEW!)
  • Designed in part by Dr. Raleigh Duncan, Founder of Clearlight Saunas

Learn more about the HigherDose Infrared Sauna Blanket here.

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