IV Therapy for Jet Lag

Jet lag is a common occurrence for frequent travelers, especially those who undertake longer journeys. When jet lag occurs, individuals experience more than a schedule disruption, there are physiological discomforts that occur as well. As a result, experiencing jet lag can be an exhausting and uncomfortable experience that can easily put a damper on any trip. IV therapy for jet lag can make a difference.

In this article, we’ll explore how IV therapy for jet lag can reduce the ill impacts of physiological conditions that cause jet lag symptoms and the recuperative properties of IV therapy.

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Jet Lag vs Travel Fatigue

Before diving into the benefits of iv therapy for jet lag, it is important to distinguish jet lag from travel fatigue. 


Travel fatigue happens on any long journey and is especially common when an individual endures multiple trips within the span of a few months. It is a result of traveling environments consisting of cramped spaces, changes in environment, altitude shifts, reduced physical activity and can also be contributed to by weather changes when going from one climate to another.


Those who experience Jet lag also experience travel fatigue, though one can experience travel fatigue without being jet lagged. Jet lag has more to do with a rhythmic disturbance that severely impacts sleeping patterns and quality of sleep. This results in peak energy and performance hours being misaligned with the time in the new destination. Without taking proper precautions and measures, this can cause a real disturbance with uncomfortable symptoms.


The inextricable connection between travel fatigue and jet lag is one reason people mistakenly characterize jet lag with travel fatigue symptoms. However, when it comes to taking preventative measures or seeking recovery IV therapy for jet lag, the distinction between the two is less important. IV therapy is a great solution for jet lag and travel fatigue, especially because they go hand in hand.

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Symptoms of Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue

Travel fatigue and jet lag can have various symptoms that affect individuals differently. Here are some common symptoms associated with each:


Travel Fatigue:

  • General tiredness and fatigue
  • Muscle aches and soreness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Dehydration
  • Mild headaches
  • Decreased immune function
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (e.g., diarrhea or constipation)


Jet Lag:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor concentration and cognitive function
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (e.g., indigestion, nausea)
  • General discomfort and unease

IV Therapy Hydration for Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue

On long journeys, dehydration is not uncommon. In fact, in an NIH study, dehydration due to lower hyperbaric pressures is among the top physiological impacts of extended travel that leads to travel fatigue. Not only can environmental factors cause dehydration, the disruption in routine and schedule can make for a difficult time remembering to stay hydrated.


IV therapy offers instant and efficient hydration. This can be especially effective for minimizing the severity of jet lag and travel fatigue when done prior to travel. However, if needed to aid in recovery after these conditions have set in, it can also be helpful.

Depending on the treatment one opts for, most IVs are given with one liter of normal saline and an option to add an additional liter. This electrolyte filled fluid is a great way to hydrate.

Vitamin Infusion IV Therapy for Jet Lag

As previously mentioned, traveling creates many disruptions in a routine. The act of traveling itself can put getting proper nutrition on the backburner for many individuals. Landing in a completely different time zone also causes a large disruption in one’s routine. These factors contribute to another top physiological cause of travel fatigue: improper nutrition.


IV therapy for jet lag and travel fatigue includes the administration of a bunch of vitamins and minerals to replenish the body and ensure that despite a disrupted routine, the body is able to get the nutrients that it needs. Getting an IV treatment prior to experiencing jet lag and travel fatigue helps to mitigate the symptoms, but can also be used for recovery.


Janse van Rensburg, Dina C, et al. “Managing Travel Fatigue and Jet Lag in Athletes: A Review and Consensus Statement.” Sports Medicine (Auckland, N.Z.), U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2021, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8279034/.

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