To get a jump on National Relaxation Day on August 15, Princess Cruises released their eighth annual Relaxation Report. Results tallied by Wakefield Research for Princess Cruises show nearly half of Americans polled said they aren’t getting enough sleep. Another 78% said they fail to allow time to relax during the day.
In the USA, working adults take an average of four days off per year specially to sleep. According to the survey, only 37% of Americans are able to get a good night’s sleep while on vacation.
As part of its Come Back New Promise, Princess Cruises partnered with science and sleep experts to develop the Princess Luxury Bed. Together with board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and designer Candice Olson, Princess Cruises can offer their guests a really good night’s sleep at sea.
“The number one advice I give people is that sleep is a sensory experience and all five of your senses must be prepared for slumber in order for you to fall asleep easily and stay asleep all night long,” said Dr. Breus. “I’m thrilled to have partnered with Princess Cruises and believe we have come up with a bed that will allow guests to achieve the ultimate in rest and relaxation.”
The Relaxation Report reinforces the most logical reasons that Americans aren’t getting the rest they need, including:
- Consuming caffeine too late in the day. Caffeine can linger in the system for up to eight hours. Yet 44% of Americans admit to drinking caffeine at 2 p.m. or later
- Indulging in a nightcap. Even though alcohol can prevent people from getting quality sleep, more than half (53%) of Americans age 21 or older admit to having had a drink within three hours of going to sleep in the past last two weeks
- Stress over current events – For 67% of Americans, today’s political climate has made it harder for them to relax. Taking a break from the 24/7 political news cycle may be the prescription for more relaxation and better sleep
- Not sticking to a schedule – One in four Americans (25%) don’t go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Setting a consistent alarm is an easy way to get more satisfying sleep
- The urban grind – The hustle and bustle of the city can take its toll on the body. Working city-dwellers are significantly more likely to take five or more days off per year just to catch up on sleep (45%) compared to just 25% of those who live in the suburbs and 24% of those who live in rural areas
- Not using time off – Among working Americans, about 1 in 3 (31%) didn’t use all the time available to them. Among Americans who didn’t use all of their paid time off, the top reason is they had too much work to get done (37%)
Princess Luxury Bed
More than 44,000 staterooms will be outfitted with Princess Cruises Luxury Beds through 2019. The plush bed features a two-inch thick pillow top, nine-inch, single-sided medium firm mattress for enhanced support, individually wrapped coils for less partner disturbance, a European-inspired duvet and 100% luxurious Jacquard-woven cotton linens.
Guess what? If you love the bed on your cruise, you can order one for your home at princessluxurybed.com.
Princess Cruises and Dr. Breus have fine-tuned the staterooms for a relaxing and sleep-friendly sensory experience. As an extension to the sensory stateroom offerings, guests will also find a “SLEEP” by Princess Kit which includes eye shades, earplugs, aromatherapy scents, Dr. Breus’ Good Night™ app and more.
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