We tried the HigherDose infrared sauna rug

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ONEAt first blush, it seems that a major attraction of infrared saunas is that they let you reap the benefits of a workout without requiring you to do much beyond, well, sit there and sweat. HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket ($ 499) takes healthy body lightness a great step further by making these infrared sauna benefits available everywhere – including your own bed. Does that sound too good to be true? Well, on to the latest episode of What the Wellness-Well + Goods YouTube series exploring whether different wellness methods and products are weird or worth it – host and producer Ella Dove is testing the luxury device to sweat it out and find out for yourself.

But before we unpack the full experience of the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket, let’s clarify what an infrared sauna actually does for you, and then how this take-away version works. Infrared saunas use infrared heat waves to heat the body from the inside out. This is different from traditional or dry saunas, which heat the air and your body from the outside in. This means, in fact, that infrared saunas allow for lower temperatures, making the stay easier and more comfortable without overheating, which in turn, makes you more likely to enjoy the sweaty benefits of being there in the first place.

And what exactly are these benefits when it comes to HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket? “It’s a lot like the sauna, but it’s an infrared wrap; it’s not a full spectrum infrared,” said Lauren Berlingeri, co-founder of HigherDOSE. “It will still boost immunity, increase blood flow and circulation, and boost your mood because it increases your endorphins, and it increases your serotonin by virtue of increasing heat.”

“It will still boost immunity, increase blood flow and circulation, and boost your mood because it increases your endorphins, and it increases your serotonin by virtue of increasing heat.” —Lauren Berlingeri, co-founder of HigherDOSE

And it will also boost your heart rate, just like a cardio-focused fitness class would. “My heart rate rose up to 104 beats per minute,” Dove says after a session with the rug. “And my resting heart rate is 76, so it’s pretty high.” So for the heart health, mood boosting and blood flow benefits that the device can offer, it might just be worth a try. Plus, wrapping yourself in what looks like an oversized clothes bag and making like a baked potato is a wild way to get a workout.

One question left, though: Is it weird or worth it? Watch the full video to find out!

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