If you are one of those people that dreads spending the holidays with your family, there is no need to worry as you are neither alone or a horrible person.
While the most wonderful time of the year should be filled with merriment and cheer, it can often leave you feeling stressed and exhausted, instead. Sometimes, all you need is just a little space. So if you lie to your family and book a hotel room this holiday season, you shouldn’t feel guilty; as this lie is a surprisingly common one.
As a matter of fact, 52 percent of U.S. adults have told a lie “specifically to avoid uncomfortable sleeping arrangements” at a relative’s home, according to a survey from INTEX, an inflatable air mattress company.
But the big question is why would anyone forgo time spent with their loved ones? There is a big chance that it’s because 81 percent of respondents reported receiving a subpar bedding situation in the past, including 62 percent who said they spent the night on a couch. Suddenly, a comfortable hotel mattress is sounding better and better.
The truth is family gatherings tend to burn a pretty big hole in your wallet. Between elaborate holiday meals, gifts for the entire family, and travel bookings to and from the designated location, the last thing you want to do is shell out even more money for a hotel room, especially when a couch won’t cost you a penny.
However, a sleepless night can take a toll on even the merriest of people. So in the spirit of preserving your relationships, be honest with your relatives and book a hotel room. Not only will you sleep better in a comfortable bed, but it might not cost as much as you think—especially if you plan ahead of time.