When on vacation, we tend to think we need to go, go, go and see and do everything, but too much activity can leave you drained and sluggish. We all know what it feels like to return home from a great trip feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation. This next trip, give yourself the gift of sleeping in. You’ll be glad you did.
The Scientific Debate
Can you catch up on sleep? The jury is still out on this question. However, new studies show there may be a benefit to sleeping in on weekends. So while you may not be able to “catch up” on sleep exactly, there DO seem to be measurable benefits of breaking your workday routine and letting yourself get a couple more hours of sleep on weekends. When on vacation, you have even more opportunity to sleep in and get some much needed rest from your daily grind.
Sleep More to Do More
Everyone’s vacation style is different. Some travelers have a set plan and agenda of what they want to do and see, while others tend to go with the flow and explore a city more casually. Whatever your style, it’s always best to have enough sleep so you have the energy to enjoy a full day out and about. The hours gained by getting an early start can easily be lost later in the day if you return to your hotel preemptively due to exhaustion.
A Night on the Town
One of the best aspects of traveling to a major city is the active nightlife. Whereas smaller towns may shut down at around 9, major cities have restaurants, theaters, and bars that stay open until well past midnight. After a late night out on the town, you will definitely want to sleep in the next morning. This gives you the added benefit of taking advantage of the hottest brunch spots the next day.
It’s my vacation and I’ll sleep if I want to!
When you’re on vacation, you don’t need an excuse to sleep in. It’s your vacation, and if you want to sleep in… Do it!