Another Reason to Take Vacation: More ZZZZZs

It’s already known that vacations are beneficial to a person’s well-being.  They can lessen stress, decrease depression and even improve one’s heart health. As if that weren’t enough, vacations can even lead to better sleep…and that’s not only during the vacation, but afterward as well!

It was discovered in a study conducted by a former NASA scientist who followed the sleep patterns of a group of people before, during and after a vacation.  He found that after the first day of vacation the participants averaged a full extra hour of sleep per night during the rest of their time away.

But the extra sleep didn’t stop when the vacation was over.  The study found that even when the participants returned home – they continued to average an extra 20 minutes of sleep per night for a significant period of time.  And we know that better sleep is important to our health!

Vacations are fun and exciting, but are not usually associated with sleep.  But when you break it down, there are many reasons behind why you’ll sleep better:

  • A vacation takes you away from work, reducing stress, and the lower the level of stress a person is having the better night’s sleep they tend to get.
  • During a vacation, you likely use your computer and phones less. This reduced backlight on your eyes will improve how you sleep.
  • You probably want to make the most out of your trip, so you will have a greater focus on getting more sleep and trying to get to bed at an earlier time than you would at home.
  • If you’re not a good sleeper in general, experts say a new bed can help you detach from the usual stress you feel at home, resulting in a better night of sleep.

Taking a vacation can help with your sleep, but it’s important to remember that not all vacations are the same.  Vacationing in a hotel where everyone sleeps in the same room can lead to nighttime problems.  Getting stuck in a room with a snorer, sleep talker or even a sleep walker can completely ruin your whole vacation.

But staying in a place with multiple rooms is your best option to have a great vacation—for a lot of reasons.  Check out a timeshare vacation for the space you need to get a good night’s sleep!  Your body (and mind) will thank you.

 

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