The last time I posted something about the HigherDose Infrared Sauna blanket was about a week after getting it. It’s been over a year now and I feel much more able to give some personal insight, rather than just speak to its features.
So, just to recap:
The Higher Dose Infrared Sauna blanket is sort of like a sleeping bag you get inside of for an infrared sauna session. Infrared heat has lots of amazing benefits and appeals to people for many different reasons but I was primarily interested in it to help promote proper detoxing. My ears always perk up a little when I hear of something that helps circulation/detoxing/lymphatic flow as I think these aspects are so vital to good health! To put it simply, think of detoxing and improving lymphatic flow as opening up the drains in your body so you can get rid of all the waste. This helps to get the negative toxins out of the way so you can position your body to heal.
Infrared saunas aim to:
- Detoxify the body (it’s 7x more detoxifying than regular heat)
- Improve skin by increasing collagen and producing a healthy ‘glow’
- Boost metabolic rate (it’s said to be equivalent to a workout, up to 600 calories an hour)
- Soothe muscles and joints
- Improves sleep
- Decrease anxiety and lower cortisol
- Improves mood
- Increases blood flow and circulation
Some features of the HigherDose infrared sauna blanket that especially appeal to us:
- A tourmaline layer that generates negative ions
- A Medical grade magnetic strip for improved blood flow
- Low EMF heating
- A Charcoal layer to increase detoxification process
- Amethyst in the layers of the blanket for added healing
- Premium non-toxic interior and exterior fabrics
As with any new health device, I went hard on it in the beginning. I have a bad habit of getting really into something for a short period of time then losing a little bit of interest when the novelty wears off. It’s not a great habit, but at the same time it lets me know when I think something is really working (because then the interest doesn’t really fade). I never did lose interest with the sauna blanket, but I did revise the way and consistency with which I use it as I found what works best for me and for my body.
When I first received the blanket, I was using it every other day, sometimes even once a day. It’s not a horrible thing to do assuming you’re well hydrated, but that amount was too much for me. Heating up to the point where you’re dripping sweat for an extended period of time is hard on your body because it’s pushing it out of its natural state. In addition to that, losing liquid so frequently is difficult with POTS. I’m not as great as I should be about staying properly hydrated and this is always a challenge for me, so making sure to consume extra amounts of liquid to replace the extra I was losing was not always the easiest. This resulted in me noticing I was, at times, becoming more fatigued with a lower blood pressure.
Now I use the blanket much more intuitively. I still absolutely love it and it’s benefits, but I use it 1-2 times a week max (but most realistically I probably use it once a week). I think it’s incredible for those deep aching muscle and joint pains and feel instantly eased after a session, so I tend to reach for it on the days where I’m extra sore and stiff. Another way of thinking of it: I love it for when my autoimmune symptoms are bad but not for when my autonomic symptoms are bad! I don’t mind putting my body into a more stressed state, I just think the frequency for me is key to getting the most benefits. Using it a little less often, I have noticed that my energy actually feels increased afterwards, instead of leaving a session feeling drained. Another change I’ve made since starting with my Higher Dose blanket has been what I wear during a sweat sesh. The instructions recommend wearing clothing from head to toe including socks, and while I did this initially, I found I prefer to wear underwear only and lay on top of a towel instead. This is just a personal preference but for me it’s more comfortable this way and bonus, it makes for an easier clean up as well because you basically just sweat into a towel.
My overall consensus after a year in:I really do love this blanket and turn to it weekly. I often get DM’s saying ‘I’m considering purchasing this, do you really actually like it?’. I completely understand this question because it’s a bit of an investment and you don’t want to shell out money on something that doesn’t do anything but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- we’re never going to push a product or give you a fake review because we know the weight a health recommendation can hold. I think it’s a great product if you’re dealing with achy muscles and/or you’re looking to up your detox game. And I really, really love that you can use this at home without having to go somewhere and pay for an infrared sauna every time you want to sweat it out. This blanket is definitely staying put in my wellness routine.