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Apparently, many of us would rather have a sleeping pill on our hotel pillows at turndown than a piece of chocolate — and we’d rather have a night of decent shut-eye than an evening of hot and steamy lovemaking.
According to the results of a sleep study conducted by Westin Hotels (which surveyed 12,500 travelers in 10 countries), our sleeping habits are pretty rough these days — especially compared to the results of a similar study done by Westin in conjunction with the launch of the chain’s signature Heavenly Bed ten years ago.
A quickie breakdown of the numbers this time around:
- 60% of respondents say their PDA’s have prevented them from getting sleep (duh)
- 25% would pay $100 for a hotel room with a good bed
- 57% claimed that a great hotel bed “provides a better sleep experience than at home”
- 51% of U.S. respondents prefer a good night’s sleep to good sex (!)– compared to only 31% ten years ago
- 42% would be down for a sleeping pill on their pillow at turndown rather than a piece of chocolate
Alright, let’s see if we can solve this: chocolate is an aphrodisiac; a sleeping pill is, um, not. So perhaps if hotels keep the chocolate on the pillows and don’t swap ’em out for sleeping pills, people will start having sex in hotels again? Maybe?
Anyway, while we’re dealing with that, Westin’s gonna help you get to dreamland: The brand has teamed up with the National Sleep Foundation to launch a toll-free “sleep hotline.” Today through September 15th, dialing (888) TIME-4-SLEEP will connect you to sleep professionals “during the peak hours when people experience problems sleeping” (6:00 pm to 1:00 am EST). The idea here is for these medically-trained pros to offer tips on getting some decent shut-eye — though, from what we understand, nobody’s going to be singing lullabies on the other end or anything. Oh, and if you’re trying to get to sleep at 11:00 in San Francisco, you’re on your own.
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