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All Aboard: The Bus Tour That Helps People Sleep

Have you heard about sleep tours? 

No, we’re not talking about the metal band.

A Hong Kong tour company ulu took note of how many people fell asleep on its busses and stepped up to capitalize on it.

The five-hour, 47-mile ride sleep tour doesn’t have a destination, but it helps provide a relaxing place for people to sleep.

And of course, there’s a bit of research behind this.

One of the reasons scientists think people fall asleep easily on car or train rides is the vibrations the vehicles make. And a sleep study even shows it can bring on sleepiness in just 15 minutes. 

“When we were brainstorming new tours, I saw a social media post from my friend saying that he was stressed out by his work, he couldn’t sleep at night,” Kenneth Kong, ulu’s marketing and business manager told the Associated Press. “But when he was traveling on the bus, he was able to sleep well. His post inspired us to create this tour that lets passengers just sleep on the bus.”

If you happen to be in Hong Kong, tickets range from $13 to $51 per person, depending on upper or lower deck seating, and riders also get a goodie bag with an eye mask and earplugs.

A simple Google search shows that this is the first tour of its kind, and the first ride launched in the middle of October sold out—with some passengers even bringing their own blankets and slippers along for the ride. 

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