New IHG® Hotels & Resorts Study Reveals 80% Of Travelers Struggle With Sleep When Away From Home


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

The launch of the findings coincides with World Sleep Day, an annual day devoted to tackling important sleep issues. The findings from the survey revealed:

The study suggests that Business traveler loses around 58 minutes 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 traveling are:

  • Different environment (44%)
  • Unfamiliar noises (35%)
  • Working late (35%)
"It's no secret that traveling can be challenging for our health, particularly when it comes to maintaining our normal sleep patterns. Light is the major environmental time cue that resets the circadian clock in our brains each day, which is easily thrown off when traveling." Dr. Steven W. Lockley, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and advisor to Healthe®


Over two thirds (67%) of the respondents stated they feel more tired when they are away from home. To aid sleep, nearly a 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 traveling.

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