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  • Spending time in a sauna can be relaxing after a long day.

  • But what would happen if you couldn't get out?

  • What if you went to open the door and it was locked, trapping you in the intense heat indefinitely?

  • If you weren't already sweating, you sure would be then.

  • You're about to find out why being locked in a sauna is the worst way to die.

  • The typical sauna reaches temperatures as high as 185° F.

  • This is nearing the point at which water boils, in fact, the high humidity in the air of a

  • sauna is caused by the rapid evaporation of water.

  • So it should come as no surprise that at this temperature your body slowly begins to cook.

  • This wouldn't be a problem as long as you leave the intense environment before any damage

  • is done, but when locked in a sauna against your will, you don't really have that option.

  • Oftentimes spending time in a sauna is cited as having benefits for cardiac health and

  • detoxification.

  • However, once you realize you are stuck in the hot room with no way out, your heart rate

  • skyrockets from panic.

  • The high temperatures in a sauna already increase heart rate, so at this point the heart will

  • be beating as if you had just completed an intense workout.

  • The heart is working overtime to pump blood throughout your body, yet it cannot keep up

  • this pace forever.

  • If you can't calm yourself down, your heart will continually pump blood at an increased

  • rate.

  • Although your heart probably won't explode, your blood pressure and pulse will be elevated

  • to unsustainable levels.

  • Eventually your heart, like all muscles in your body, will get tired.

  • It will slow down until it stops, or may just give up all at once, either way, the result

  • is the same.

  • You go into cardiac arrest and die from a heart attack.

  • As you fall to the floor your vision blurs and the last thing you'll see is your outstretched

  • hand reaching for the locked door of your sauna crypt.

  • As you'll come to find out, having your heart nearly explode, or stop beating completely,

  • is one of the more merciful deaths that can occur from being locked in a sauna.

  • What is to come is so much worse.

  • A slower and more painful death can happen from dehydration.

  • When stepping into a sauna you are prepared to sweat.

  • Many people use the sauna to sweat out toxins, or the alcohol from a rager the night before.

  • But what happens when your body doesn't stop sweating?

  • The short answer is: things start to get really uncomfortable.

  • As your body tries to cool itself off blood vessels and skin cells expand to release heat.

  • Water is excreted from the body to act as a cooling agent, however, your mouth will

  • quickly dry out as all available water is being ejected to cool the skin.

  • Your internal organs will also stop getting the fluid they need, quickly causing you to

  • suffer from dehydration.

  • With not enough water circulating around the body, cells begin to die, tissue begins to

  • crack, and the result is a massive amount of strain on vital organs.

  • Increased body temperature with a lack of water circulating around your internal systems

  • can lead to the rupturing of veins and arteries.

  • Your body begins to hemorrhage internally.

  • This means that blood begins seeping out of the circulatory system and into other parts

  • of the body.

  • In particular this can occur in the stomach, causing massive amounts of abdominal pain

  • as the sauna slowly dehydrates you to death.

  • On top of internal hemorrhaging your skin will eventually dry out as your sweat quickly

  • evaporates.

  • This causes the epidermis tissue to crack and bleed.

  • You are losing blood both inside and outside of your body, and once the blood is exposed

  • to the high temperatures in the sauna, any of the water left in the blood vessels will

  • evaporate leaving rust color flakes crusted on your withered body.

  • Again, this is not a pleasant way to go, but it could be so much worse.

  • You might be wondering what could be worse than having all of the water evaporate from

  • your body and ending up a dried out husk of yourself?

  • You're about to find out.

  • In a sauna your temperature increases.

  • Although you sweat to try and regulate your body temperature, eventually the hot, humid,

  • environment of the sauna will win out.

  • Your skin can increase in temperature to around 104° F within just a few minutes.

  • As you're stuck in the sauna for longer and longer, the temperature of your skin goes

  • up and up.

  • If you don't die from a heart attack or internal bleeding, you will have the rare

  • opportunity of being cooked alive.

  • Think of the sauna as a slow cooker oven.

  • If you've had slow cooked barbeque get ready to be a little grossed out.

  • If you haven't had slow cooked barbeque, get ready to be grossed out anyways.

  • Your muscles and skin are the same as any other mammal such as cows and pigs.

  • This means your body will react the same way to being slow cooked as those animals.

  • Hot air burns to the skin can occur between 20 and 60 minutes after being locked in a

  • sauna, especially if the temperature is in the high 100's.

  • However, there have been cases where burns began at around 10 minutes.

  • Regardless of when the burning begins, your body is being cooked alive.

  • A few things will happen at this point.

  • The heat will slowly peel away the skin from your muscles.

  • Whole sections of skin can slough off and end up laying next to you on the damp floor.

  • One of the reasons this happens is because cells, ligaments, and bonds between molecules

  • such as proteins begin to break apart or denature at high temperatures.

  • As the skin begins to fall off, muscle tissue and fat becomes exposed to the open air.

  • At this point there is somewhat of a feedback loop occurring.

  • This new exposed layer may contain remnants of water, which evaporates causing you to

  • cook even quicker.

  • The tissues become softer as they're cooked, and even muscle can begin sliding off the

  • bones.

  • There is no chance that you will actually catch on fire due to the high humidity in

  • the airunless you spontaneously combust.

  • And although there have been accounts of spontaneous human combustion before, they all had a scientific

  • explanation such as chemicals on the clothing, or an external source of ignition like a match

  • or electric spark.

  • Since you won't be wearing much clothing in the sauna, and the water vapor in the air

  • reduces the chances of lighting anything on fire, you probably don't have to worry about

  • this.

  • However, if somehow you do catch on fire the exposed fat layer burns incredibly well and

  • the oils from your fat and muscles will feed the fire long after you are dead.

  • If you are alive at this point, and your body temperature is still increasing, your internal

  • organs have now begun to simmer.

  • Everything begins to fail as you wish you had just stayed in the safety of your air

  • conditioned home in the first place.

  • You wonder who thought this death trap was a good idea, and you wish you could lock them

  • in a sauna.

  • To be clear, saunas are not a new invention.

  • In fact, there are accounts of saunas throughout history and around the world.

  • There is even evidence that sauna-like rooms existed in the lands of the ancient Maya 3,000

  • years ago.

  • Finland has also had saunas for thousands of years, which brings us to something crazy

  • that you probably didn't know.

  • There was, up until relatively recently, a World Sauna Championship.

  • That's right, there were competitions where people sat in a sauna, and whoever lasted

  • the longestand could walk out on their ownwas declared the Sauna Champion of the

  • world.

  • The championships were held in Heinola, Finland from 1999 until 2010.

  • After learning about the effects staying in a sauna for long periods of time can have

  • on your body from this video, you can probably figure out what happens next.

  • In 2010 tragedy struck when one of the competitors died.

  • He was sitting in a sauna that had its temperature jacked up to 230° F. The sauna athlete lasted

  • a few minutes in this intense heat before his body gave up.

  • The competition actually started at this insane temperature, and every 30 seconds water was

  • poured on the stove to increase the humidity.

  • It was concluded that at the 2010 competition the cause of death was most likely cardiac

  • failure.

  • Needless to say, Finland banned the competition from ever happening again.

  • It is not clear why there even needed to be a sauna sitting competition in the first place,

  • but humans are pretty stupid.

  • Now let's get back to what happens to your body if you are locked in a sauna.

  • We know there are a number of ways you could die.

  • However, one thing is certain, the longer you last in the sauna, the more painful things

  • get.

  • And even if you die from cardiac arrest or dehydration, your body still continues to

  • cook for as long as you're inside the high temperature room.

  • For example, take the story of a man who got locked in a faulty sauna in Florida.

  • He told his family he was going to the sauna in their apartment complex, and when he did

  • not return after a few hours, they went to check on him.

  • The man had died a long time before being discovered, but his body kept cooking even

  • after he had passed away.

  • When he was found his body had been charred, and chunks of skin had fallen off his bones.

  • There were also accounts of the horrible smell of burnt hair and flesh coming from the sauna.

  • Dying in a sauna will never be a pleasant experience no matter what ultimately kills

  • you, but some scenarios are definitely worse than others.

  • If you ever do decide to step foot in a sauna again, perhaps check to make sure the door

  • opens and closes properly before settling in, because death by sauna is a terrible way

  • to go.

  • Now check outSkinned Alive - Worst Ways to Die.”

  • Or watchSkinned Alive - Worst Ways to Die.”

Spending time in a sauna can be relaxing after a long day.

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