Do you need a sleep vacation?

Vacations are meant to be a time of relaxation, but many working adults are taking vacations to solely catch up on sleep. Taking time off of work to sleep is called a “sleep vacation.” While your sleep vacation is probably not the same length as a normal vacation, more than 70 percent of people used at least one vacation day to catch up on sleep last year.

Trend shift

Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, which isn’t anything new. The cost of a fatigued employee is also starting to add up due to declining job performance. Using personal days or general paid time off to catch up on much-needed sleep seems like the best solution, because you may not even have to go anywhere to achieve your goal.

Focus on sleep

If you are looking to travel for your sleep vacation, many hotels are starting to offer a sleep-friendly program. From sleepy scents to digital detoxes, these packages make the focus of your trip your sleep. Some hotels even bring in sleep experts to teach guests about healthy sleep habits. And while it may all seem like a marketing ploy, the effort behind guaranteeing a great night’s sleep for sleep-deprived guests, especially in a new place, does pay off.

But does it work?

The idea of an extra hour or two of uninterrupted sleep may sound like your dream vacation, especially if you’re a parent. The truth is you can’t erase a large sleep debt, or the amount of sleep you have lost over weeks, months, or years. Sleeping too much can throw off your circadian rhythm to where you don’t fall asleep easily at night. A better way to take a sleep vacation is to focus on getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of interrupted sleep each night to get back into a healthy routine.



Lauren Smalley