Relaxation Survey

Princess Cruises 10th Annual Relaxation Report Finds Most of the World Still Not Getting Enough Sleep

Trend of Skipping Vacation Time Continues
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Trend of Skipping Vacation Time Continues

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises, in collaboration with Wakefield Research, today revealed the findings of its 10th Annual Relaxation survey. With ten years of data analyzing the sleep and vacation habits of adults, this year's survey reinforces the stress and lack of relaxation experienced by adults globally. Results from the survey show more than half of those surveyed are getting less sleep than they need (52%) – a decrease of one percent from last year.

Taking time off is one of the ways for adults to relax and de-stress. The survey found that over half of those surveyed (58%) took all of the vacation days available to them in the last year. At 68%, UK respondents were the best at taking all of their vacation days, while Australians came in last at 43%. Just ahead of Australia and Indonesia (52%), 54% of Americans reported utilizing all of their time off. However, when using their vacation days, 81% of those who are employed take days off to catch up on sleep – an increase of four percent.

Princess Cruises is committed to ensuring its guests come back from vacation feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. As part of its Come Back New Promise, and commitment to inspire vacations Princess Cruises partnered with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus to develop the Princess Luxury Bed offering guests the ultimate night of sleep at sea.

"Sleep allows our bodies to recharge and recover from mental and physical strains, which is important for overall health. Year over year, we continue to see how the lack of sleep negatively impacts people around the globe," said Dr. Breus. "As people continue to take less vacation time, we know it's more important than ever for people to maximize their time off. I'm proud to collaborate with Princess Cruises, one of the best known names in relaxation, to offer passengers the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed for them to lay their heads on at night."

Rewards of Relaxation

  • Commitment to Relax – An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) set aside time specifically dedicated for relaxation on a weekly or more basis, increasing slightly from 84% in 2018.
  • Good Practice – Regular relaxation can become a way of life. More than 3 in 5 (61%) of those who set time aside every week to relax used all of their paid time off, compared to 40% of those who did not make time to relax every week.

Relaxation Among Couples and Families

  • Worn Out – Working parents (53%) are more likely than non-parents (41%) to take a week or more off every year to catch up on sleep.
  • Maxing Out – Working people who are married or in a relationship (63%) were more likely to have used all of their paid time off in the last year, compared to those who are not married or in a relationship (46%).

Some Global Comparisons
The Most Sleep Deprived Countries – Findings show that US adults are getting more sleep than last year. However, in the UK, adults are getting less sleep compared to 2018.

  • UK: 66% versus 63% last year
  • Singapore: 61% versus 62%
  • Australia: 59% versus 61%
  • U.S.: 53% versus 58%
  • China: 51% versus 53%
  • Mexico: 44%
  • Vietnam: 37% versus 38%
  • Indonesia: 35% versus 34%

Days Taken off by Country per Year (on average) to Catch Up on Sleep

  • Vietnam – 10 days
  • China – 10 days
  • Mexico – 10 days
  • Indonesia – 9 days
  • Singapore – 8 days
  • Australia – 7 days
  • U.S. – 7 days
  • United Kingdom - 4 days

Survey Methodology
The Princess Cruises 2019 Sleep Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative adults ages 18+ in each of the following countries: US, UK, Australia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico. For tracking purposes, results comparing 2019 data to 2018 data do not include Mexico. Fielding occurred between July 19th and July 30th, 2019, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population ages 18+ in each country.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 0.9 percentage points overall and 3.1 percentage points in each country from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

SOURCE Princess Cruises

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