Dr. Ashley Mason on Sauna Use for Depression, Conquering Insomnia, and Mindfully Breaking Bad Habits

Dr. Ashley Mason is a clinical psychologist investigating clinical use of sauna for depression and director of the Sleep, Eating, and Affect Laboratory at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF. Her research centers on non-pharmacological approaches for treating depression, insomnia, and overeating.

Feasibility and acceptability of a Whole-Body hyperthermia (WBH) protocol

Learn more about Dr. Mason’s work and the upcoming study investigating the treatment of depression with a combination of whole-body hyperthermia and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Show notes, detailed timeline (+ more) are available at https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/ashley-mason

Other places to listen…
FoundMyFitness on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/067-dr-ashley-mason-on-drug-free-approaches-for-treating/id818198322?i=1000534138393
FoundMyFitness on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5i4m0NGSNTQR9TYhpYgJga?si=306038368c2c4117

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:01:43 – What is whole-body hyperthermia?
00:20:23 – Sauna for depression (new study)
00:33:37 – Combining therapy with hyperthermia
00:45:33 – Insomnia and CBTi
01:05:04 – Sleeping medications
01:15:23 – Smoking and overeating

This interview is not meant to act as a substitute for clinical diagnose or treatment of depression. If you’re dealing with depression, you’re not alone. If you need help, you can contact SAMHSA for information on mental health and treatment in your area at 1-877-SAMHSA7.