Major hotel chain tests circadian lighting in guest rooms

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has partnered with Healthe by Lighting Science to pilot the use of circadian lighting to help guests sleep better while travelling. The body’s circadian rhythm affects important biological functions such as sleep, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism.

Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport will be the first IHG property to install the JOURNI Mobile Task Light in guest rooms. Designed using Healthe’s patented GoodDay and GoodNight spectrum technologies, JOURNI allows access to the alertness and focus-enhancing spectrum during the day, and then easily changes to the warm, sleep-enhancing spectrum at night.

This can effortlessly bring energy-efficient, circadian lighting into the hotel room.

A global study commissioned by IHG and released in March indicated that a lack of sleep is a primary concern for travellers, with four in five stating they have trouble sleeping when travelling away from home.

The average business traveller loses around 58 minutes of sleep each night when staying away from home, averaging just 5 hours and 17 minutes of sleep.

Brian McGuinness, Senior VP of Global Guest Experience Shared Services, said IHG was excited to be the first hotel company to pilot Healthe’s JOURNI product. “We are continually testing ways we can enhance the guest experience, loyalty and ultimately, owner value. Our circadian lighting technology pilot is the latest example of the work we are doing to innovate the guest experience.”

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