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Sleeping & Steam Baths

A Warm Bath Makes For Good Nights

A significant portion of society experiences difficulty sleeping, particularly during stressful periods in their lives. Those with arthritis and other conditions that cause pain, backache or discomfort know all to well how difficult it is to get comfortable enough to sleep through the night.

Good sleep habits are an essential element in overall health, as the human body requires sleep to rejuvenate and repair minor damages acquired during the day.

Irregular sleep, or non REM sleep, can lead to any number of health related ailments making the person afflicted more susceptible to injury or illness. There is also a significant relationship between sleep deprivation and impaired cognitive and motor functions, in fact a large number of preventable fatal motor vehicle accidents each year are caused as result of extreme fatigue.

Overused and achy muscles coupled with mental stress are an active ingredient for a sleepless night. Setting aside time each night to unwind and relax are indispensable to ensuring a good nights sleep. There is significant scientific data detailing the correlation between bathing and quality sleep patterns. Relaxing for just 20 minutes at the end of the day in a steam shower, or warm bath, will help to regulate the body’s core temperature and increase blood flow. This not only helps to alleviate overtaxed muscles, but also has a calming effect on the brain providing an overall sensation of tranquility. The warm steamy surrounding aid in improving air passage to the lungs. Slow deep breathing will help to slow the bodies internal functions and let the body know that it is time for rest. After a soak or steam shower the body will experience a drop in temperature as it attempts to level out to that of the surrounding room temperature, this will trick the brain into thinking that it is tired, as the body normally drops in temperature during sleep.

Baths, and steam showers in particular, are notorious for combating stress, sore muscles and breathing and sinus problems, issues that also cause most people to experience a decline in active sleep. By regularly harnessing the calming effects of such luxuries it is possible to overcome mild sleep disorders and temporary bouts of insomnia without the use of chemically derived sleep aids, which only make users feel even more tired in the morning.


Why Get a Steam Shower?

Women – and even men – all over the world generally hate to be in hot and humid places.  For most, the heat and discomfort is enough reason to avoid being in such situations or places.  But not all places that are hot and that cause you to sweat must be avoided.  Often, we have doctors, beauty experts, and spa enthusiasts recommending steam showers regularly and periodically taken.  Why?  Because steam showers are beneficial for the body and are a good beauty regimen!

Here are some of the reasons why you should get a steam bath regularly.

Beat the Acne Away!

Acne is one of the most prevalent skin problems and the easiest to notice.  And because acne affects every part of your body, most especially your face, it can be quite embarrassing as well.  Sure, there are a lot of acne medications around, but these usually lead to other problems like dry skin or an even worse acne condition.

Acne is primarily caused by blocked skin pores.  When the pores on your skin are blocked, it results in excess oil that can in turn cause acne, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.  More than this, dust and dirt can also accumulate in your pores causing it to become more blocked.

Steaming the face and the rest of your body can help open up your pores, making it easier to clean away the dirt and dust.  It helps you control too much oil production by your skin.  Further, steaming your skin can help you get rid of dead skin cells! In fact, most health spas and beauty salons now include steaming the face as part of their facial care services to help control your acne.

Sweat It Out

The increased temperature in the room also causes your own body’s temperature to rise, and this leads to sweating.  Your sweat actually contains salt that kills the bacteria that causes acne and other skin problems.

What’s more, sweat carries with it different wastes from your body while also regulating your body’s temperature.  A lot of experts would tell you that sweating is vital to your health, making steam baths even more important because of most people’s sedentary lifestyles.

The fact is a typical person sweats around one liter of sweat during a 15-minute steam bath.  The amount of waste that is excreted through your perspiration in that time span is equal to the amount of waste the kidneys would eliminate working constantly in a 24-hour period.  For one, the body’s excess salt may be excreted through sweat.  The excretion of salt is also believed to be good for mild hypertension or anxiety.  Salt is also responsible for the production of urea, which causes nausea and headaches, among other things.

Another type of waste that is eliminated through sweat is lactic acid that causes general fatigue and stiff muscles.  Toxic metals like copper, zinc, mercury and lead are also flushed out via sweat.

Improve Your Circulation

Steam improves your blood circulation.  Remember that blood circulation is vital transporting nutrients to your body’s organs while also getting toxins out.  This means that poor blood circulation can be detrimental to your body’s overall nutrition and detoxification.

Specifically, poor blood circulation can cause clammy and numb feet and hands, poor healing in times of sickness, dizziness when moving suddenly, poor memory, varicose veins, and haemorrhoids, among many others.

Steaming is believed to expand your blood vessels and capillaries so that it is easier for blood to pass through, aside from the increase in body temperature simulating a cardiovascular workout, which also increases blood circulation.

Moisturize Your Skin

While water can dry your skin, steam actually moisturizes it.  Well-moisturized skin actually helps you fight skin problems like chaffed and cracked skin, pimples and acne. What’s more, because steam opens your pores, you can apply moisturizers and other tested and clinically proven skincare products and you’d be sure your skin gets to absorb more of it and lock it in, therefore facilitating better and more effective results.

Boost Your Immune System

When you have a steam bath, your body’s core temperature increases.  This makes your body think that you are having a fever.  When you have fever, your body produces more white blood cells to combat the intruders: bad bacteria.  This is because white blood cells are the basic unit of your immune system.

More than white blood cells, other antibodies like interferon are also produced.

In effect, your immune system is fortified when the body thinks that you have a fever.  In fact, a study conducted by Mayo Clinic has found that an induced fever increases your white blood cells by as much as 58%!

Burn the Calories

Due to the increase of body heat, your body also burns calories.  Your body’s cardiovascular system is stimulated by the steam and your pulse rate will increase rapidly.  This helps in sending blood to the capillaries and converting carbohydrates and fats into energy.

Commonly believed benefits of steaming

Aside from these, there are other commonly held beliefs about steaming that are not scientifically proven, but are empirically observed.  Here are some:

* It is widely believed in Finland that sweat and steam bath can increase the amount of milk produced by a lactating mother’s mammary glands.

* Body fat is believed to become soluble at 43 degrees Celcius, a temperature that you can achieve from steaming.  What it all boils down to is that with steaming, it will be easier to sweat the fat out of your system.

* Steaming has been closely tied to weight loss, but take note that this weight loss is temporary.  When you are in a steam bath, your body loses water rapidly and that is what is responsible for the weight loss.  When you drink water, you regain much of the weight you lost during the steam session.

Becoming healthier and more beautiful is certainly what most of us strive for.  And steam showers can facilitate in achieving both.  Fortunately, one does not have to visit a spa or health club to get the benefits of steam showers.  With Wasauna steam showers, we can now get these benefits right in our own homes!

Modern Steam Room

Modern Steam Room

Modern Steam Room

Modern Steam Room in Orange County, California.

Glass Steam Shower

Glass Steam Shower

Glass Steam Shower

This bathroom is worth a closer look – click on the image to enlarge it. A perfect example of an all glass steam shower fitting seamlessly into a modern bathroom design. Notice the custom wood paneling on the front of the vanities that matches the paneling on the bathtub surround, the overhead showerhead in the shower, the 4×4 tiles on the sink that match the tiles on the shower floor, and the sitting niche for applying makeup in front of the mirror.

Combination Steam Shower and Bathtub

Steam Shower Tub Combo

Steam Shower Tub Combo

A good example of a custom built steam shower in a modern bathroom.  Travertine tile makes a stylish finish, and the acrylic bathtub adds functionality while not taking too much away from the look or comfort of the unit.  A separate bathtub and shower is always ideal, because you’ll have more freedom to move around and less awkwardness when getting in and out of the shower, but if you have space limitations a setup like this can give you all the functionality of a steam shower, bathtub, and regular shower.

Steam Shower in NYC

Steam Room and Large Bathroom Design in NYC

Steam Room and Large Bathroom Design in NYC

This is a spacious bathroom with very high ceilings and a gorgeous white travertine tile theme. The steam shower room sits nicely off to the side of the room. This picture was taken from a bathroom in NYC.

Separating a Steam Room and Conventional Shower

All of these pictures are taken from the same house.   The home builder could have easily sealed off the glass in the picture below and turned the shower into a steam shower, but instead the builder created a dedicated steam room in another part of the house.  While this is certainly not the best use of space, it does allow for the creation of a true walk-in shower that doesn’t require a door to be opened and shut.  Not having to deal with a door, while not a major inconvenience, is the primary reason to create a dedicated steam room.

Walk-in Shower

Walk-in Shower

Optional Steam Shower

Optional Steam Shower

Steam Room

Steam Room