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Does Cryotherapy Help Jet Lag?

Will doing cryotherapy help relieve jet lag? People who travel often experience a disruption in their sleep patterns. This leads to poor performance and can lead to poor health if not addressed. With all of the remedies out there, can cryotherapy help jet lag for tired travelers?

Does cryotherapy help with jet lag?

Jet Lag Can Be Relieved with Cryotherapy

“Circadian dysrhythmia” is primarily caused by crossing “two or more time zones. Jet lag occurs because crossing multiple time zones puts your internal clock or circadian rhythms, which regulate your sleep-wake cycle, out of sync with the time in your new locale.”¹ This can cause serious problems for people, especially if they have important business or an athletic competition. Symptoms can be uncomfortable, and according to the Mayo Clinic may include:

  • Disturbed sleep — such as insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usual level
  • Stomach problems, constipation or diarrhea
  • A general feeling of not being well
  • Mood changes

Cryotherapy can help immensely with all of these symptoms to reduce or relieve them.

Cryotherapy and Fatigue

One of the quick benefits of cryotherapy is an immediate alertness, similar to taking a cold shower or jumping into a cold pool. Jet lag can harm your ability to function at your top levels, especially if you have a meeting or presentation. For this reason many executives who travel to Europe use whole body cryotherapy to combat jet lag and help them get their job done.

Cryotherapy and Gastrointestinal Discomfort

Many people have experienced stomach discomfort from travel and having their regular routines disrupted. While cryotherapy in and of itself is unlikely to relieve stomach aches it can help with sleep patterns.² This may likely result getting used to the new time zone in less time, resulting in a more regular sleeping, eating, and thus gastrointestinal routine.

Jet Lag and Regular Cryotherapy Treatment

Many peer-reviewed clinical studies have found profound positive effects of having cryotherapy as part of a regular treatment routine. These include:

These studies have furthered the interest in cryotherapy as an addition to a healthy lifestyle. For those that travel often whole body cryotherapy may be effective in helping you feel better from jet lag.

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/jet-lag/symptoms-causes/syc-20374027#:~:text=A%20disruption%20to%20your%20circadian,time%20in%20your%20new%20locale.
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461391.2018.1551937