Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 2549 - Why holidays make me sleepy

I just can't stop sleeping! 


I was reading an article the other day regarding inability to sleep on vacation.  The article was suggesting the reason so many people struggle to sleep on the first night of a holiday is because the left side of the brain stays alert watching for danger while the right side of the brain nods off.  The article suggested ways to trick the left side of the brain into thinking you're at home in order to catch some Zzzz's.

Cue shock.

There are people who can't sleep on holidays?

I do nothing but sleep!



For some people travelling to exotic places means the chance to explore a new world, hit the hotel gym, walk from A to B and spend lots of energetic time with the kids.

For me, travelling to sun, surf and sand simply makes me want to sleep.

Lovely sunny days and calm clear nights could be the perfect formula for a an active and adventurous holiday.  For me it's the perfect recipe for sleeping 12 hours a day.

Such holidays bring a surprising level of tiredness.

Just making an effort to grab a bottle of water, walk down the beach or even read my book can be so incredibly exhausting.

Is it the sun that zaps my energy?

Is it because my adrenal gland has turned itself off?

Is it burnout?

Am I just so damn relaxed everything shuts down?

Is it because I'm just a natural born sleeper?

Perhaps I just keep forgetting to pack my mojo.



I don't know why I sleep so much on these trips.  I just know that I do.  It almost seems like an incredible waste of money travelling to a new place only to spend so much time unconscious.  I guess it depends how much value we place on sleep.

Are you wide awake and alert when you holiday?

Do you turn into a zombie like me?

Any thoughts on why I sleep so much? 



17 comments :

  1. I don't know why you sleep so much on holiday but I wish I did because then perhaps I could sleep a lot on holiday too! I sleep really badly but I think it's because I'm so excited of all the things I've done or am going to do! At least you always know you're going to come home rested and relaxed!

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    1. I wish I could stay awake! There's so much I'd love to be doing. Just keep dozing off ... zzz

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  2. Perhaps you need a staycation for the sleep before you head away. Sydney with Vicki was the first time I've slept, really slept, while away. I'm guessing the copious amounts of alcohol had something to do with that. I've since gone back to not drinking. Although, I don't think I will leave it 15 years between drinks this time.

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  3. I haven't really been 'away' on hols for a long time, but - since I stopped working - whenever I go to my brother's I sleep a lot. I don't feel like I have to blog or be online and I spend a lot of time just lying on my bed and dozing. I suspect everyone thinks I'm being unsociable, but I'm not. It's like once I've stopped then my brain is dead and I just want to rest.

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    1. Perhaps your brother's house is a sense of comfort and safety and "home" or something

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  4. My bf could do nothing but sleep on holidays but I love going out and filling every spare second. Maybe you need a pre-holiday to get all the sleeping out of your system before the actual holiday.

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    1. Welcome to Deep Fried Fruit! I think you might be right. A pre-holiday holiday sounds good.

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  5. I'm a holiday sleeper, mostly because there is no other time for me to catch up,that and the lunch time glass of wine I tend to consume :)

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  6. I am not much of a sleeper, whether it be on holiday or not.
    I love being up early on holidays to explore the sights!

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    1. I do too. I still get up early. It's the need to nap at lunch. And in the afternoon. And go to bed on dark. LOL

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  7. Snap! I know exactly what you mean. The sun makes me drowsy too. Maybe it's a good thing I prefer winter holidays. Hope you get some rest this weekend.

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    1. It doesn't happen to me on winter holidays so much. Just the summer ones.

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  8. I think you understand the why..you are giving your body permission to rest which it rarely gets at home. I say enjoy the sleep. ...and maybe the small adjustments back home to lifestyle might aid better rest there and then holidays can be enjoyed. But, hey I am not an expert..just offering an idea..LOL. D xx

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  9. I am exactly the same Leanne! Except I pretty much always want to sleep even when am at home, LOL.

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  10. I turn into a complete zombie when on holidays! And especially camping! My husband is already in holiday mode a day before we go but I'm always like, "I can't think about our holiday until I actually get there" It's like I hang on to all the stress and tension right until the end then I get there and go..."Aaaaaaah!"

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