Circadian Lighting Helps Hotel Guests—and Meeting Attendees—Get a Good Night’s Sleep

May 17, 2019

Making sure attendees are refreshed and energized for an event is important. That’s why you should consider the little touches that can ensure a good night’s rest. When planning an event that includes a stay at IHG, rest assured the company is helping meet that goal.

In an effort to help travelers get a good night's rest, IHG is incorporating the JOURNI Mobile Task Light, a guest-controlled circadian lighting system powered by Healthe by Lighting Science into its hotel rooms.

 “JOURNI is a good fit for hotels because those that are travelling tend to experience trouble sleeping, fatigue and erratic schedules,” notes Healthe Product Manager Holly Priveo.

“JOURNI helps to regulate the circadian system and get guests the sleep they need when they need it, and energy when they are low on it," she added.

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With more than 5,500 worldwide properties, IHG also offers guests specialized bedding and aromatherapy for a more relaxing atmosphere.

Logical Light for Travelers

Healthe is dedicated to assisting with circadian rhythm—the body’s wake/sleep cycle of a person’s 24-hour internal clock—through the use of research, science and patented technology.

The JOURNI LED light is a compact, portable and low-profile option for anyone who needs a boost of healthy light. It features settings for variable uses:

  • GoodDay helps as you start your day. It’s supplemental lighting for the morning as you wake up and get ready for the day. The lighting is enriched with blue light to be energizing and help focus.
  • GoodNight spectrum is meant to be used before bed. It’s depleted of blue light to prevent unnatural exposure to stimulating blue light prior to sleep.

JOURNI Mobile Task Light Next to IHG Instructional Pamphlet, Credit: IHG
JOURNI Mobile Task Light Next to IHG Instructional Pamphlet, Credit: IHG

Priveo offers an example of how the lighting can benefit guests: “If a guest has an early morning wake up for a flight, they may want to try to go to bed slightly earlier. But there may still be work to do at 7 or 8 p.m. This is a great place for GoodNight task lighting.

"It will reduce [the guest's] exposure to blue light while still illuminating the work space or the room as they are packing and prepping for bed," she continued.

"Then, the next morning when they have to wake up early, the GoodDay setting can help them get energized and focused so they are not so groggy getting back on the road," Priveo added.

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Hotels are mainly about comfort and sleep, and Priveo says that IHG has recognized the importance of creating a space that supports the pursuit of a good night’s rest.

“Offering circadian lighting that can be manually controlled by guests to emit the spectrum of light needed ...  is undoubtedly the next big trend for major hotel brands,” she noted. “Every room requires lighting, but it no longer has to be counterproductive to the guests’ desires.”

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