We talked to people aged 65 plus about their experiences of sleep and being away from home. For some, being away helped them sleep better whereas others found the opposite. People talked about going away for holidays and visiting friends or family.
Many people told us they slept better when they were away from home, whether it was on holiday, staying with family or visiting friends. Some people thought there was no difference in how they slept, but that they sometimes found different ways to deal with their poor sleep when they were away. Only a few people said they sleep less well than usual.
People suggested reasons why they might sleep better away from home. Several explained that being away from the normal worries and stresses of everyday life helped them sleep better. Others felt it was because they were much busier when on holiday, going out and about, and generally being more physically active.
Margaret believes that sleep can be emotional, and connects you to your home and life. Being away…
Being busy whilst on holiday and just getting away from normal everyday life helps Anne with sleep.
One reason for sleeping better elsewhere was being in a more peaceful location. Sue B. told us she slept much better at her husband’s house in France because it was in a quiet area. John noticed that when it was really quiet in Florence he slept very well.
But often people told us they thought it was many things together, such as a change in routine, being active and being away from problems.
John found that being on holiday made him feel more relaxed and helped with his poor sleep.
Anne say that whilst she does sleep better when shes away on holiday, she has mixed feelings about sleeping at someone else’s house. At her sister’s house, for example, she feels she can’t get up as early as she would normally like to, in case she disturbs everyone. However, not being in her own home means no pressure to get up and do household chores.
Holidays and times away were seen as very important. For those who sleep better away from home this is especially true. However trips away were less appealing for people who know they sleep worse.
Several people told us they sleep less well when they were away because they don’t have their own familiar bed or bedding.
Mary finds it difficult sleeping when she is away for several reasons. If she is too hot or cold at home, she can’t sleep. She can alter the heating in her own home, but it is difficult to get the temperature right in hotels. Mary and her husband are used to sleeping in single beds at home. When they have to share a double bed in a hotel, she doesn’t sleep very well.
Just being away from home for some people was enough to disturb their sleep more than usual.
Even though Jacqui used to travel a lot with her job as a Stewardess, she still finds it…
Daniel and his wife always sleep badly when they go away, and now take a sleeping tablet on the…
For those who have health problems which limit their mobility, going away brings extra hurdles. Plans need to be made to cater for that. Juliet lives in a bungalow. When visiting a cottage where she stays, she can’t climb the stairs so sleeps on the sofa.
Juliet has a special bed to help with her Rheumatoid Arthritis and tends to have very short,…
Some people told us they don’t notice any difference in their sleep when they gp away. If they toss and turned at home, they carry on doing that while they were away. But what does change for them is how they manage their disturbed sleep. If theyre staying in a hotel for example, they aren’t always able to get up and make a cup of tea, or get on with household chores. Staying with family or friends also means they might not be able to get up very early in the morning and come downstairs, in case they disturb others in the house.