SINGAPORE 9 September 2019: Singaporeans are so stressed out that 73% of those surveyed frequently have trouble sleeping as they may be bringing too many worries with them on their holidays, according to a recent Princess Cruises’ Annual Relaxation Report of 1,000 adults ages 18 years and up.
This problem has intensified since last year when the survey found 64% of respondents were affected by sleeping problems on holiday.
World-renowned, board-certified sleep doctor Dr Michael Breus said that the survey underlined the importance for Singaporeans to maintain good sleep patterns while on holiday. “Sleep is a vital, sensory experience that allows our bodies to recharge and recover from mental and physical strains. When looking at factors that impact sleep, stress management plays a huge role in causing sleeping difficulties,” said Dr Breus.
“With so many Singaporeans struggling to sleep well while on holiday, the best way to ensure you get the rest you need, no matter where in the world you are, is to try to maintain a sleep schedule and behaviours similar to ones followed at home. Exercising while on holiday and keeping a consistent bedtime will help you get a great night’s sleep,” added Breus.
Singaporeans’ lack of sleep does not start or end with holidays. Inadequate sleep is a problem in general as over three in five Singaporeans (61%) are getting less sleep than they need, making Singapore one of the most sleep-deprived nations globally.
The number of insomniacs has also increased (27% vs 18%) and their bedtime routines may be to blame with about 21% and 17% of Singaporeans drinking a hot caffeinated drink or alcohol respectively before going to sleep which may interfere with their night’s sleep.
While the survey found that many Singaporeans are disrupting their sleep patterns by consuming stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine before bedtime, others are opting for a more conducive routine to unwind, choosing cookies and cakes to make sure they do not go to bed hungry, followed by dairy and non-caffeinated drinks which may aid sleep.
Taking time off is one of the ways for adults to relax and de-stress. However, one-third of employed Singaporeans (33%) did not use all the paid time off available to them in the last year, and nearly half of them cited too much work to get one as the reason. Singaporeans who are married or in a relationship are more likely to use all their paid time off, which may be due to wanting to spend more quality time with their families.
Children seem to have boundless energy that somehow ends up taking a toll on their parents. The study showed that working parents are more likely than employed non-parents to take time off just to relax or catch up on sleep — 89% of parents have taken time off compared to 79% of non-parents.
The Princess Cruises 2019 Sleep Survey was conducted among 1,000 adults ages 18+ in eight countries which are Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, UK, Australia, China, and Mexico. Princess Cruises partnered with Dr Breus to design the Princess Luxury Bed and optimise Princess staterooms for a sleep-friendly sensory experience to ensure guests get the best night’s sleep while on holiday.