According to an Accor study of some of its guests, 44% say that Covid-19 stress has negatively impacted their sleep.
Among the factor cited for sleep deficit were time spent staring at computer screens all day (32%), being stuck at home (28%) and binge-watching (25%).
Willowstream Spa Manager at Fairmont Singapore a restful sleep is important to restore body and mind.
“We know that if people are not sleeping enough, it can negatively impact mood, mental health and even immunity, making us more susceptible to illness.
“People should think of sleep as an important step in their Covid-19 regime to ensure they can protect themselves against illness – just like washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks," she said.
The results of the study came following a renewed focus on wellness tourism amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wellness tourism is expected to reach greater heights post-coronavirus as people globally place bigger importance on their health and wellness during these uncertain times.
A survey by the Wellness Tourism Association found that nearly 78% of people across 48 countries indicated that wellness travel will be on their to-do list when restrictions are lifted.
Many hotel groups such as Accor Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Radisson Hospitality, and Hyatt Hotels, have expanded their strategies to cater to wellness travellers.
Some of these strategies include providing guests with better quality sleeps. Certain hotels are providing amenities made with ingredients that encourage better slumber.
Other properties are promoting a more relaxing sleep by installing black-out curtains and specially designed mattresses.
The wellness tourism market has been traditionally dominated by countries in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The US, Germany, China, France, and Japan account for nearly 60% of the global market segment.
Closer to home, Malaysia has consistently been one of the top wellness tourism markets in the region.
In 2019, Malaysia was listed in the top 10 wellness tourism markets in Asia Pacific.