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Sleepless in America: Working Americans take five or more vacation days just to get some sleep

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Sleepless in America: Working Americans take five or more vacation days just to get some sleep

Nearly half of Americans are trading vacation sun and fun for more sleep.

From politics to work stress, Americans need National Relaxation Day (August 15) more than ever.

According to Princess Cruises' seventh annual Relaxation Report, Americans are using valuable vacation time for things unrelated to vacation such as catching up on sleep and running errands. When it comes to catching more shut-eye, a majority of working Americans (72%) take at least one day off a year just to sleep, and two out of five Americans (40%) take five or more days off per year (a full work week), just to catch up on sleep.

In short, vacation time has become hard work.

If they are not using their vacation time to sleep, many Americans are trying to get things done. In fact, 68% of Americans admit they've used a vacation day for something other than vacation, including family emergencies (37%), doctor's or dentist's appointments (36%), sick days for their children or loved ones (31%), home projects (23%) and running household errands (23%) – compared to 2015, when 54% said they had done so. In short, vacation time has become hard work.

It's clear that Midwesterners have no problem relaxing.

Forty-three percent of Americans admit they frequently feel guilty for relaxing, holding steady from 2015. Ninety-one percent of working Americans say they look forward to sleeping while on vacation, but it appears that the stresses of everyday life are getting in the way of a good night's sleep on vacation. More than a third (35%) of working Americans, including half (50%) of Millennials, often feel more stressed when they're on vacation because they can't stop thinking about work. The lack of sleep is even getting in the way of leisure activities with nearly half of Americans, including 65% of Millennials, admitting they frequently skip events or activities on vacation because they're simply too tired.

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