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Most find it hard to sleep on holiday

Four out of five travellers admit they find it hard to sleep whilst on holiday.

A total of 80 per cent of those surveyed for IHG Hotels & Resorts, in conjunction with World Sleep Day, confessed they would find it hard to sleep when holiday because of the jet lag and the average person ends up losing nearly an hour (58 minutes) of sleep each night when away from home.

And it is the different environment that throws nearly half (44 per cent) of us, whilst unfamiliar noises annoys 35 per cent of us as well as working late.

Dr Steven Lockley, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and advisor to Healthe, said: "It's no secret that travelling 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 travelling. Light can also be a stimulant, directly alerting the brain, or promote sleep before bedtime, depending on the spectrum and intensity of light exposure. Having greater control of light exposure when travelling can help promote sleep at the right time or wake at the right time, preserving some sense of sleep normalcy when on the road."

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