In a new find, researchers have revealed that frequent sauna bath can significantly reduce the risk of dementia. According to study authors, sauna bathing gives the feeling of well-being and makes us feel more relaxed which is the prime key in reducing the dementia risk.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
For the study, researchers observed over 2,000 middle-aged men over a time span of 20 years. Study authors divided them into three groups — those taking a sauna once a week, those taking a sauna two to three times a week, and those taking a sauna four to seven times a week.
After analysing the data, researchers found that subjects in the third group those who took sauna bath four to seven times a week had 66 percent less chance to develop dementia in later stages of life when compared to those who took sauna bath once a week.
Researchers revealed that more frequent sauna bath was interlinked with the lower dementia risk. While explaining study authors said that the more sauna bath makes the mind more relax which improves cognitive functioning and lowers risk of diseases affecting the brain.
Not only dementia, frequent sauna bath also cut shorts the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 65 percent when compared to those who take sauna bath only once a week.
Apart from the brain, sauna bath also improves cardiovascular health. Previous studies have suggested that taking frequent sauna bath significantly lowers the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and other cardiac events.
“However, it is known that cardiovascular health affects the brain as well. The sense of well-being and relaxation experienced during sauna bathing may also play a role,” said lead researcher Jari Laukkanen, Professor at University of Eastern Finland.
The study appeared in the journal Age and Ageing.