80% of Travelers Don’t Sleep Well

A global study commissioned by IHG®, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has revealed that a lack of sleep is a primary concern for travellers, with four in five (80%) stating they have trouble sleeping when travelling away from home.

The findings from the survey revealed that business travelers lose nearly an hour of sleep each night when staying away from home, averaging just 5 hours and 17 minutes of sleep.

The biggest causes of a restless night’s sleep for those travelling are:

  • Different environment (44%)
  • Unfamiliar noises (35%)
  • Working late (35%)

“It’s no secret that travelling can be challenging for our health, particularly when it comes to maintaining our normal sleep patterns,” said Dr. Steven W. Lockley, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  “Light is the major environmental time cue that resets the circadian clock in our brains each day, which is easily thrown off when travelling.”

Over two thirds (67%) of those surveyed stated they feel more tired when they are away from home. To aid sleep, nearly half either try listening to music (47%) or watching TV (45%) to try and fall asleep. To help travelers combat a restless night away from home, IHG has piloted the use of portable and versatile JOURNI™ Mobile Task Light. Developed by Healthe by Lighting Science, a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions, the portable, the LED task light is designed to help regulate sleep when travelling.

One thing not mentioned in the study is how many travelers bring their bedding from home.  SleepBetter strongly recommends bringing your own pillow whenever you sleep away from home.  The familiar comfort and smell will make you feel more like you’re at home, and let you get a better night’s rest.

Source: News Release