Sleep is one of our most precious commodities, yet we’re not getting enough of it.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours a night for adults, but most people get under seven. And the amount people get has been decreasing over the years – nine hours used to be standard.
To celebrate World Sleep Day March 14, and assist you with getting a great night’s slumber when you’re traveling, here are Virtuoso hotels lending a helping hand. To book a stay at any of them, contact your Virtuoso travel advisor or find one by clicking here.
The Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, Pennsylvania)
The lodge offers everything from a “power napping” stretching session, to yoga for relaxation, to a calming lavender spa treatment. Once a year, for National Sleep Week, the property presents a slumber-focused event, with experts sharing information on how to relax mind and body. Sessions include breathing techniques, cooking sleep-inducing foods, or a deep-sleep massage.
The Benjamin (New York, New York)
The hotel’s Rest & Renew program offers tools anchored in the latest sleep medicine findings: the services of a consultant, a menu of ten pillows, pre-bedtime massages to encourage slumber, a power nap package, and snacks to inspire sleep.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Naples, Florida)
The resort’s Drift to Sleep experience helps people who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. The treatments promote sleep at a deep state of sub-consciousness. The package includes an aromatherapy milk bath, herbal tea infused with essential oils to slow the body’s rhythm, and an aromatherapy massage, helping transition into an alpha state of sleep. The package ends with a power nap on a warm feather duvet.
Mayflower Grace (Washington, Connecticut)
The inn offers a full menu of slumber-related services, including private sessions to help guests develop a personalized sleep ritual, hypnotherapy for sleep, nutrition consultations for better sleep, and even sleep-inducing music.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio (Cordoba, Spain) and Hospes Palacio de los Patos (Granada, Spain)
In conjunction with a sleep clinic, Hospes Hotels have developed a program to help guests improve their slumber. It consists of a medical history review by a doctor, a private sleep study in the guest’s room, and lifestyle recommendations from a sleep guide.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Rooms at the luxury hotel chain feature touches that encourage relaxation, including optimal acoustics and temperature controls that adjust for personal preferences. Its new custom beds feature a gel foam core that regulates heat absorption. Guests can choose from three levels of firmness.
Tips for Better Sleep
- Reserve the bed for sleep; don’t use it for work or entertainment.
- Avoid devices such as laptops and smartphones before bed, because the light from them can stimulate the brain.
- Practice a relaxing ritual, such as reading, to shift yourself into sleep mode.
- Exercise daily, but not directly before bedtime.
- Don’t sleep during the day. If you do, don’t sleep for more than 45 minutes.
- Don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol or eat large meals within four hours of bedtime.
- Don’t drink caffeinated beverages within six hours of bedtime.
- Design a relaxing bedroom atmosphere. Have a comfortable mattress and pillows. Set the temperature on the cool side (60-67 degrees F/15-19 degrees C), keep the room ventilated, and block out noise and light. Consider blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, white-noise machines, humidifiers and fans.