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Sauna Proof Headphones: Top Regular & Bluetooth Headphones in Sauna Heat

Sauna proof headphones are hard to be sure about. Can you take your Bluetooth headphones in sauna temperatures? Does "water-resistant" ensure sauna proof headphones or is there something else we should be looking for?

Often times, the dizzying list of specs about various headphones seem to offer every insight into the product under the sun - if it does well with moisture, how it fits in your ear, the length of the cord or life of the battery, and a long list of audio-tech aspects like driver size and frequency ranges.

None of which jump out and say "Sauna Proof Headphones" which is really the reassurances we're looking for, isn't it?

Well, while the specs may not help you directly, I've compiled a list of the best headphones that you won't have to think twice about taking in for your next sauna session.

Premium Sauna Proof Headphones

The first category of sauna proof headphones you should look into if you have a higher end budget for your sauna session listening is brought to you by some of the most well known brands.

Sure the price tag may give you a bit of sticker shock but these tried and true brands earned their distinction for a reason: unwavering quality. Take these Bluetooth headphones in sauna sessions for years to come and never have to worry about degradation. 

These brands also offer some of the best customer support and have ironclad return policies to ensure that you understand the brand loyalty some of these audio giants have gained over years of dominating the industry.

Budget Sauna Proof Headphones

Sure these headphones aren't going to be 100% reliable in their ability to remain truly "sauna proof" and they, along with the others, haven't claimed this status. But without the big brand backing I can't say these headphones will last over the years.

However, in researching for this article, these headphones have stand out reviews when it comes to dealing with heat and sauna use specifically.

You won't feel as assured in your daily use with these options but it's hard to deny the great sound quality and reasonable durability these headphones bring to the table.

A far cry from the hundreds of dollars you can expect to drop on a pair of the premium headphones mentioned above, these options are super affordable and will make sure you can afford that gym membership AND the earbuds you'd need to enjoy the sauna.

All in all these headphones offer the best possible assurance you can get when it comes to being "sauna proof" even though none of the current brands offer this exact wording in describing their products.

Sauna AFTER Workout: Heat Acclimation Training Benefits

Sauna AFTER workout for best benefits, recent research suggests.

Sauna use after a workout provides superior benefits compared to sauna use beforehand or sauna use alone. Hitting the sauna after workouts may be the hardest time to do it - but it’s also part of the reason it’s the best time, scientifically speaking.

That’s because sauna after cardio and sauna after lifting increase your levels of dynorphin, BDNF-1, and most importantly, IGF-1.

Don’t worry - I promise to cover exactly why ramping up these levels is so awesome. I also promise not to make terrible generalizations like “saunas are relaxing” or use the phrase “work up a sweat.”

Sauna After Workout Benefits

First let’s cover Insulin Growth Factor-1 aka IGF-1

When you increase your IGF-1 you’re getting a huge release of growth hormone with anabolic effects that are proven to aid in fat loss and muscle growth.

How much can sauna after workouts increase IGF-1?

According to an article in the American Journal of Medicine, back-to-back 20 minute sauna use with a 30 minute break in between doubles your IGF-1 and that increase will last for nearly 3 hours after use.

Pair this kind of heat acclimation with the post-workout physiological changes and you get the most bang for your buck - going well over double IGF-1 levels in the same period of time.

Why ramp up your BDNF?

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a powerhouse for your memory and learning, something we’ve known since this study in 1999.

BDNF surges the rate of growth in new brain cells and protects your current brain cells from degradation. 

It helps you stay sharper as you age and boosts your brain day-to-day.
Sauna use during or just after a workout was shown in this study to actually increase BDNF much more than exercise without sauna use - so again, the timing is key.

Dynorphin is Hard to Explain

Imagine you were born into a perfect utopia.

You have never known struggle, stress, resistance, or hardship of any kind.

Your life ‘s been easier than a billionaire trust-fund babies and you’re spoiled to the core.

Do you think you would really appreciate the everyday things that make you feel good in this life?

Of course not.

Now, imagine if you were born into a dystopian world of pure chaos and strain.

But there would be years of complete peace and and a taste of utopia now and then.

Would you appreciate those feel good moments?

Definitely, and science indicates you would feel those moments much more intensely.

How?

Well, your endorphin system works a lot like the utopia/dystopia metaphor.

Hard exercise and heat stress are very uncomfortable and cause you to release the dysphoric opioid ‘dynorphin’ (part of your Kappa Opioid Receptor system or KOR).

Dynorphin then causes your Mu Opioid Receptors (MOR) to become sensitized and respond to endorphins, allowing you to feel life’s good moments even stronger.

Moreover, sauna use increases these levels more so than exercise alone and makes an awesome after workout routine to boost your day-to-day life enjoyment.

This is something people miss out on a lot. You MUST stay in the sauna long enough to feel some discomfort or you’re likely not doing anything except working up a sweat...