The notion that most holidaymakers have trouble sleeping seems a bit far fetched, when you consider the comfort of hotel king beds, the absence of work and home-related stress, and the night caps we’re more likely to partake in whilst away.
But a new study has shown that the opposite is true, revealing that 65% of Australians struggle to get a good night’s sleep on vacations.
In Princess Cruises’ 2018 Global Relaxation Report, 67% of those polled also said they experienced “holiday-dampening” sleep-related side effects when they travel including “disturbed sleep, insomnia and early waking”.
Aussies’ poor sleeping patterns whilst away reflects their sleep and relaxation patterns at home, which showed 61% of Australians struggled to get a good night’s sleep even in their own bed.
According to the study, only Brits (63%) and Singaporeans (62%) fared worse than Aussies.
At the other end of the scale, the best sleepers were found to be in Indonesia (34%) and Hong Kong (48%).
With so many of us struggling to sleep, the study found that Australian workers take off an average six days a year just to catch up on Zs, while 73% of us use weekends to do so.
“Sleep is a vital, sensory experience that allows our bodies to recharge and recover from mental and physical strains,” said Dr Michael Breus, a sleep expert and co-designer of the Princess Luxury Bed.
“With so many Australians struggling to sleep well while on holiday, the best way to ensure you get the rest you need, no matter where in the world you are, is to try to maintain a sleep schedule and behaviours similar to ones kept at home.
“Working out while on holiday, keeping a consistent bedtime, and reducing alcohol intake before going to sleep will help you get a great night’s sleep.”
According to the study, 83% of Australians don’t set aside time to relax every day, which Dr Breus says is also part of the problem.
“When looking at factors that impact sleep, stress management plays a huge role in keeping sleep at bay,” he said.
The survey compared the sleep and relaxation habits of 12,000 people across 12 countries, including Australia, USA, UK and north and south east Asia.
Aussies can try out the new Princess Luxury Bed with the arrival of the Majestic Princess in September.