Psychologist Stephen Colmant, author of “Sweat Therapy: A Guide to Greater Well-Being”:
- Energy drinks interfere with sleep. Sauna promotes deep sleep.
- An energy drink can amplify anxiety. A sauna session reduces anxiety.
- An energy drink can cause you to gain weight. A sauna session will help you lose weight.
Jarmo Lehtola, Director, Finnish Sauna Society, Helsinki, Finland:
- A 3 hour sauna session is normal and needed on a regular basis, an energy drink has not been here for the last 10.000 years.
- In sauna you don’t count the hours.
- Sauna is a state of mind, a drink is disposable.
Dr. Sean Mullen, professor of Psychology and Kinesiology at the University of Illinois:
- Toxicity. Energy drinks contain extremely high levels of B vitamins, some of which can be neurotoxic and may cause polyneuropathy (shaky hands). A rookie sauna user only has to worry about endotoxins until they are fully acclimated to heat (5-7 days). Shaky hands are only possible from dehydration.
- Mental Crash. There’s minimal “crash” from both but the effects of a sauna session can last for up to 48 hrs (almost 10x the potency of an energy drink).
- Smell. Those shots taste like cough syrup. Finnish Sauna smells like a hike in the forest.