This year sees a new emerging trend: sleep vacations. I’m not just talking luxury mattresses or extensive pillow options.
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I can never seem to turn my mind off — whether I’m thinking about work, fantasizing about my next vacation, or compulsively checking the time, trying to determine how much (or little) sleep I’d get if I fell asleep instantly. Once I do nod off, it seems mere seconds before my alarm sounds and I have to get up.
I am not the only one who suffers from insomnia. According to a report done by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of Americans have difficulty sleeping almost every night.
Lucky for me, the travel industry has taken notice. I’m talking full-on sleep vacations where hotels have “sleep experts” on staff and 24-hour sleep concierges, who will come to your room with a glass of warm milk and tell you bedtime stories. Hotels are doing everything in their power to ensure guests get a good night sleep. Here are some of our favorite picks.
Lorien Hotel & Spa (Alexandria, VA)
The Lorien Hotel offers a “dream service menu” where guests can choose from a large selection of pillows such as the magnetic pillow, which relieves anxiety and insomnia, or the buckwheat pillow, which molds to fit the contours of your body. They also offer sleep masks, earplugs, iPods loaded with a “lullaby library,” scent diffusers with soothing scents such as jasmine or lilac, and relaxing bath salts. Snore-relief and natural sleep aids are available upon request, and warm milk and cookies can be delivered to your room at any time of day or night.
The Benjamin Hotel (New York, NY)
The Benjamin Hotel is seriously committed to sleep. So much so that they have a resident “sleep expert” on staff and a 24-hour sleep concierge. Their sleep program, called “Rest and Renew” offers guests 12 different pillow options. Each night rooms are sprayed with lavender, blackout shades are pulled down, and guests receive a phone call reminding them to shut off all electronic devices at least one hour before bed. Midnight snacks such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or warm tea with honey are available and guests are encouraged to get sleep-inducing massages before bed.
Kamalaya (Koh Samui, Thailand)
Kamalaya offers a “Sleep Enhancement Wellness Program,” which aims to re-establish restful sleep by addressing imbalances in the body. Guests are given sleep therapies such as naturopathy, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine. The goal is to address the stresses causing your sleep quality to be depleted. All guests are given a sleep enhancement consultation as well as a lifestyle consultation and are encouraged to use the steam cavern and plunge pools.
Andaz Liverpool Street (London, England)
Guests at the Andaz hotel can request for a storyteller to be sent to their room. Who needs mom when a storyteller, clad in pajamas, will come to your room and tell you a relaxing bedtime story as you’re falling asleep? We bet they would even tuck you in!