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International Sleep Expert Unveils Australian Trend 30% Of Australians Use Annual Leave To Chip Away At ‘Sleep Debt’

October 5, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

New research released today by Princess Cruises shows that Australians are using their annual leave to catch-up on sleep, with a third (30%) of all people taking time off work to chip away at sleep debt, sleep sacrificed during the work week.

This uniquely Australian trend has drawn interest from world-renowned sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus. A regular on the U.S. Dr Oz Show, Dr Breus is in Australia for the first time, commenting on new research into Australian sleep habits.

Dr Michael Breus and Princess Cruises Stuart Allison


“Research shows that just over half of Australians manage to get the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night but when Australians are on holiday, this figure jumps to a staggering 85%, highlighting the importance of prioritising rest during time off work.” said Dr. Breus.

However, the research also shows that work commitments are responsible for around 1 in 4 Australians cutting short their pre-booked annual leave, with urgent deadlines (61%), staff illness (34%), work stress (28%) and important meetings (26%) the highest ranking factors for returning to work early.

The most common impact on sleep is that we just can’t turn off our brains (44%) while for 1 in every 5 (20%) it’s work stress keeping them up at night. This constantly connected culture is not only having a detrimental effect on our health, it’s also negatively impacting business bottom line; 40% of Australians have taken time off work due to tiredness with a third (30%) of workers reported needing four or more days away from work to recuperate – an estimated cost of $1,400 per employee to a business.

Adding to this, more than 60% of Australians haven’t taken annual leave within the past six months and more than 40% haven’t taken annual leave over the past year to two years. With 77% of Australians entitled to 20 days of annual leave per year or more, this shows 150 hours of downtime are not being used: resulting in workers feeling more stressed and anxious than ever before.

Princess Cruises Princess Luxury Bed Floating on Syd Harbour

Princess Cruises recognises the importance of a good night’s sleep for guests to enjoy every cruise destination and has partnered with Dr. Breus to develop The Princess Luxury Bed, a bed designed specifically to give guests the best night sleep, during their holiday at sea.

“Sleep is a vital, sensory experience that allows our bodies to recharge and recover from mental and physical strains,” said Dr Breus.

“Taking time out away from the office and day-to-day strains may seem daunting but it’s important to allow yourself the time to reset on holiday. It’s important to remember that above all, sleep is a sensory experience and all five of your senses must be prepared for slumber in order for sleep to come easily and last all night long.”

“By collaborating with Princess, I believe we’ve come up with some really unique aspects for not just the bed itself, but the entire experience that will allow guests to sleep really well.”

Princess Cruises Princess Luxury Bed

The Princess Luxury Bed can be found on board Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess, Sun Princess, Grand Princess, Caribbean Princess, Majestic Princess and Pacific Princess will debut on board Golden Princess (Oct 2017), Sea Princess (Nov 2017), Star Princess & Island Princess (Dec 2017), Sapphire Princess (Mar 2018), Crown Princess (Apr 2018) and Diamond Princess (Aug 2018), followed by Royal Princess & Regal Princess in 2019. To find out more about The Princess Luxury Bed, click here. For more information on Princess Cruises, visit

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