A new study commissioned by hotel giant IHG reveals that it’s not unusual to struggle to get to sleep while away from home.
A new global study shows that as many as 80% of business travellers struggle to sleep when they are away from home in an unfamiliar room and environment.
The study coincides with World Sleep Day, an annual celebration of sleep. It reveals that the average business traveller loses around 58 minutes of sleep each night when staying away from home – averaging at just five hours and 17 minutes of sleep.
The biggest causes of restless sleep are a different environment (44%), unfamiliar noises (35%) and having to work late (35%), the study shows.
More than two thirds (67%) of respondents say they feel more tired when away from home. To help try and fall asleep, nearly half either listen to music (47%) or watch TV (45%).
“It’s no secret that travelling can be challenging for our health, particularly when it comes to maintaining our normal sleep patterns,” explains Dr Steven 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.”
To help tackle the issue, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport is the first IHG property to install a new portable gadget which is said to regulate sleep when travelling.
The JOURNI Mobile Task Light has been developed by LED lighting solution provider Healthe by Lighting Science and is being promoted by the hotel group.
“Light can also be a stimulant, directly alerting the brain, or promote sleep before bedtime, depending on the spectrum and intensity of light exposure,” says Dr Lockley.
“Having greater control of light exposure when travelling can help promote sleep at the right time or wake at the right time, preserving some sense of sleep normalcy when on the road.”