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Princess Cruises: Stress prevents Vietnamese from sleeping well on holidays

Released at: 13:32, 14/09/2019

Princess Cruises: Stress prevents Vietnamese from sleeping well on holidays

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73% of Vietnamese feel stressed and have trouble sleeping while on vacation, according to 2nd Annual Relaxation survey.

by Khanh Chi

Vietnamese are so stressed that three in four (73 per cent) of those surveyed frequently have trouble sleeping on vacation as they may be bringing too many worries with them. The findings were found in the 2ndAnnual Relaxation survey for Vietnam conducted by Princess Cruises, one of the world’s largest international premium cruise lines, in collaboration with Wakefield Research.

This trend continues from last year where the figure was the same. World-renowned, board-certified sleep doctor Dr. Michael Breus said that the survey underlined the importance for people of maintaining good sleep patterns while on holiday.

“With so many people struggling to sleep well while on holiday, the best way to ensure they get the rest they need, no matter where in the world they are, is to try to maintain a sleep schedule and behavior similar to those followed at home,” he added. “Exercising while on holiday and keeping a consistent bedtime will also help you get a great night’s sleep.”

The study also found their poor sleep habits do not start or end with holidays. Inadequate sleep is a problem in general, as two in five Vietnamese (37 per cent) are getting less sleep than they need. Their bedtime routines may be to blame, with about 16 per cent and 9 per cent of Vietnamese drinking a hot caffeinated drink or alcohol, respectively, before going to sleep, which may interfere with their night’s sleep.

Other highlights of the survey

People often resort to routines that signal to their bodies that it’s bedtime. Many choose a snack or drink. The survey found that the most common pre-bedtime food for Vietnamese is hot non-caffeinated drinks (30 per cent), followed by something sweet such as cookies or cakes (21 per cent).

Taking time off is one of the ways for adults to relax and de-stress. However, one-third of employed Vietnamese (32 per cent) did not use all the paid time off available to them last year. Vietnamese who are married or in a relationship are more likely to use all of their paid time off, which may be due to wanting to spend more quality time with their loved ones.

Children seem to have boundless energy that somehow ends up taking a toll on their parents. The study also showed that working parents are more likely than employed non-parents to take ten days off every year just to relax or catch up on sleep.

Additional sleep tips from Dr. Breus

Sticking to your normal bedtime is key. When sleep has a regular rhythm, your biological clock will be in sync and your body will continue to operate normally.

No alcohol within three hours of bedtime. While alcohol can make you sleepy, it doesn’t help you achieve restful sleep. In fact, alcohol prevents you from reaching the deep stages of sleep, dehydrates you, and wakes you up in the middle of the night (usually to go to the bathroom).

Give the sun a “high 5” every morning (15 minutes of morning sunlight). Getting outside in the sun for 15 minutes each morning - within 15-30 minutes of waking up - helps to regulate the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Your internal body clock runs on a 24-hour schedule and functions best when you are exposed to a regular pattern of light and dark.

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