We all know it's bad for your phone to get too hot, so are there any benefits that outweigh the risks of taking your phone into the sauna?
Let's explore both sides of this argument and see how to get the most out of your sauna session with or without your smartphone.
Should I take my phone into the sauna?
There are pros and cons to taking your phone into the sauna.
On the one hand, not only is it bad for your phone to get too hot, as this can damage the internal components, but you may also want to 'escape' from the distractions that your phone brings.
On the other hand, there is a number of benefits, such as entertainment or tracking apps, that may outweigh the risks the heat might bring to your phone.
The truth is that there is no definitive answer when it comes to whether or not you should take your phone into the sauna.
Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what you feel is best for your own individual situation.
If you choose to take your phone into the sauna, we've outlined 5 ways your phone can enhance your experience below.
5 ways your phone can help improve your sauna experience
There are a number of benefits to taking your phone into the sauna.
1. First and foremost, having your phone with you can help keep you connected to the outside world.
This can be especially helpful if you're using the sauna for recreational purposes and want to be able to easily contact someone if needed.
Whether that's connecting with a friend in another state or a family member in another country, sauna bathing with a friend (either in-person or virtually) can greatly enhance your experience.
2. Another benefit of taking your phone into the sauna is that it can help keep you entertained.
If you're someone who gets bored easily, having your phone with you can help keep you occupied.
You can use it to listen to music, watch videos, or even just scroll through your social media feeds.
Like the first benefit, keeping yourself occupied can prolong your heat tolerance and help you stay in the sauna for longer.
Our Clearlight Infrared Saunas have both Bluetooth and AUX connections so that you can use our high-quality in-built speaker system for your relaxation music.
We also have a dedicated podcast called The Sauna Show that has extremely interesting conversations with health professionals about sauna and other wellness technologies.
Or more simply, you can browse our range of blogs, such as this one, to learn more about sauna-related topics.
Whichever entertainment you prefer, we have you covered.
3. Taking your phone into the sauna can also be helpful from a productivity standpoint.
If you need to get some work done but don't have time to do it at home, the sauna can be a great place to get things done.
You can take advantage of the quiet atmosphere and the lack of distractions to get things done.
If you're interested in this topic, we have an article on the effects infrared has on your brain if you would like to read more.
Beware that after about the 20-minute mark, you'll find it hard to concentrate on anything too tricky.
4. Your phone can also act as a timer, letting you know when your sauna session is over, or if you incorporate exercise or stretching into your routine.
This can be really helpful if you're trying to stick to a specific time limit or different intervals during your session.
If stretching in a sauna is something you want to learn about, we have written an article about this previously.
5. It can also be a useful tool for tracking your progress and measuring the results of your sauna sessions.
If you use a wearable device, such as an Aurora Ring or Fitbit, you can track your progress in real-time.
By tracking your heart rate and body temperature, you can get a better sense of how well each session is working for you, and whether your goal is weight loss or muscle recovery you will be able to tailor your session to suit.
What should I do if my phone gets too hot in the sauna?
If your phone starts to get too hot in the sauna, it's important to remove it immediately.
Continuing to use a phone that is too hot can cause damage to the internal components, so it's best to steer on the side of caution.
If you're worried about your phone getting too hot, you can always take a break from using it during your sauna session.
This will give it a chance to cool down and won't cause any harm to your device.
Finally, if you're really concerned about the temperature of your phone, you can always choose to leave it at home altogether.
This is a safer option, but it also means that you'll miss out on all of the benefits that come with using your phone in the sauna.
Luckily our Clearlight Saunas have you covered in this area.
We've specifically designed a coolbox inside your Sanctuary Sauna, with a glass door, to protect it from the increasing heat temperatures.
But even if that doesn't work, we've also designed the door handle to have a dual purpose as a smartphone and/or tablet holder.
This allows you to watch something while your phone remains on the outside of the sauna.
Simply connect the speakers via Bluetooth and you have yourself insanely good audio quality, with non of the risk factors of your phone getting too hot.
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How can I take my phone into the sauna?
When it comes to taking your phone into the sauna, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Firstly, you'll want to make sure that your phone is protected from the heat.
One way to do this is by using a phone case that can withstand high temperatures.
Or simply, using a Clearlight Sauna as mentioned above provides you with two different heat-proof options.
Secondly, you'll want to make sure that your phone is fully charged before you enter the sauna.
This is because the high temperatures can quickly drain your battery.
Again, we've got you covered as our coolbox also is a charging station.
Finally, you'll want to make sure that you keep an eye on your phone while you're in the sauna.
If it starts to get too hot, remove it from the sauna immediately.
What could go wrong if I take my phone into a sauna?
Taking your phone into the sauna can be a great way to stay connected to the outside world, keep entertained, and get some work done.
However, there are also a number of risks associated with taking your phone into the sauna.
One of the biggest risks is that your phone can get too hot.
If it gets too hot, it can damage the internal components and cause serious damage to your device.
Another risk is that your phone can accidentally get wet.
This can happen if you're not careful and accidentally spill water on your phone or if it ends up in "the drip zone" while you're in the sauna.
Finally, there's always a risk that your phone will be exposing you to potentially harmful EMF exposure during your time of rest and revitalisation.
The level of EMF exposure from a smartphone in our day-to-day lives may be common but it may not be something you want during your special downtime.
Potential Problems with EMF and ELF Exposure
There are a number of potential problems with EMF and ELF exposure.
First and foremost, there is some evidence to suggest that EMF and ELF exposure can be harmful to our health.
This means that prolonged exposure to these frequencies could potentially increase our risk of developing cancer or other diseases.
Secondly, EMF and ELF exposure can be disruptive to our sleep.
This is because these frequencies can interfere with our natural sleep rhythms, making it difficult for us to get a good night's sleep.
Finally, EMF and ELF exposure can be stressful.
This is because these frequencies can activate the stress response in our bodies, leading to feelings of anxiety and tension.
We've written a previous article on EMF exposure that you can read if you're interested.
Phone in a sauna, yay or nay?
Taking your phone into the sauna can be great, and deciding why you are entering the sauna in the first place will help determine if the risks outweigh the benefits.
If you do decide on taking your phone into the sauna, keep in mind that you'll want to make sure that your phone is protected from the heat, is fully charged, and that you keep an eye on it.
For us at Clearlight, we prefer to opt for solitude in our sauna sessions, however, whichever way you like to sauna is totally up to you and we will always do our best to support you as best we can.
If you're interested in getting the benefits of sauna bathing, see our range of infrared saunas here.
Clearlight would like to remind users that this should not be taken as direct medical advice, and you should always consult a licensed health practitioner before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or existing pain treatment regimen.