IHG announces survey results on travel rest

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IHG announces survey results on travel rest
Fri March 15, 2019

The report revealed that lack of sleep is the main concern of travelers, since four out of five (80%) say they have trouble sleeping when they are away from home

Jet lag, long nights and new spaces, business travelers are affected by having little rest during their trips, and with the celebration of World Sleep Day on March 15, IHG® will announce the results of a new global survey on rest during travel at the same time as the launch of lighting technology to improve the quality of sleep in hotels.

The study by IHG, one of the leading hotel companies in the world, revealed that lack of sleep is the main concern of travelers, since four out of five (80%) say they have trouble sleeping when they are far from The survey also reveals that the average business traveler every night loses about 58 minutes of sleep when he leaves his home, averaging only 5 hours and 17 minutes per night.

To help reduce sleep problems, IHG is testing JOURNI Mobile Task Light, which allows guests to adjust the lighting of their rooms from warm tones that help to sleep at night and a warning spectrum to help guests to concentrate during the day. It is based on the idea of ​​Circadian illumination, a concept that considers the body's circadian rhythm that regulates the sleep-wake cycle that makes up the human circadian system.

For more information on the theme and World Sleep Day, see the advice of sleep expert Dave Gibson and additional data from our survey.

The 5 main tips of Dave Gibson to sleep well during travel
1-If you are traveling through time zones, you should adjust the body clock beforehand.
Possibly, the biggest sleep disturbance for those who travel is jet lag. Jet lag (jet lag) occurs when we travel through time zones and try to adjust our body clock, or circadian rhythm, too fast. The best way to avoid this is to establish a routine closer to the destination time a few days before traveling. Bedtime should be moved one hour before (or later) each night and also if possible, try to change your meal times.

2-Get the correct light.
Light is the biggest signal to sleep and can help you adapt better when traveling and to sleep more easily. By nature, we are programmed to feel tired when it gets dark and wake up in the morning light. Lighting should be synchronized with the new time zone as soon as possible. If you arrive at night, the ideal is to stay awake during the trip and keep the light bright to feel tired when you arrive.

3-Consume water, especially when flying
In flight you should drink water to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially when flying long distances, since dehydration is a symptom of jet lag. For those who plan to sleep within eight hours of getting off the plane, the ideal is to avoid all drinks with caffeine. In addition, although the sedative effect of alcohol can help you sleep more easily, it fragments sleep and reduces the quality of sleep.

4- You should eat healthy, but not too late and take probiotics
Our digestive system and our sleep are intimately related and affected by what we eat and drink and when we do it. You should eat a variety of foods that contain nutrients such as tryptophan, magnesium and vitamin D and eat the last important meal about four (or at least two) hours before going to sleep. If you are traveling through different time zones, the ideal is to adapt the meals to the new time zone.

5-Choose the hotel carefully
Where you sleep, it matters. The ideal is to choose a hotel that offers the best opportunity to sleep well. You should check that they have a decent menu of pillows, blinds or blackout curtains and decaffeinated beverages in the room. You also have to check noise levels and request a room that is on a quiet floor and away from noise pollution, such as traffic.

Additional findings:
The main reasons why travelers do not rest well when they are far from home are different environments (44%), unknown noises (35%) and working late (35%).
More than two thirds (67%) stated that they feel more tired when they are away from home.
To be able to sleep, almost half of the travelers try to listen to music (47%) or watch TV (45%) to try to get to sleep.
More than a third (34%) take sleeping pills and almost a quarter (24%) use valerian root to sleep well at night. Other common herbal remedies that travelers try include California poppy (20%), lavender (36%), St. John's wort (18%) and melatonin supplements (30%).


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