Americans have a sleep problem. According to Sleep Advisor, at least 35% of Americans are sleep deprived, meaning they get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. This number is even higher for adults ages 40 to 59, rising to 40%. That doesn’t sound great, but at least we have vacations to catch up on sleep, right? Well, about that…
According to Princess Cruises’ annual Relaxation Survey, 63% of adults struggle to get a good night’s sleep on vacation. These levels of sleep deprivation can lead to mistakes, accidents, and even death (20% of car crash accidents and injuries are attributed to sleepiness).
Getting enough sleep improves stress levels, boosts mood, and improves performance at work and at home. Luckily, hotels are aware of these problems with sleep, and they’re stepping in to help. Hotel sleep programs are popping up more frequently, because your trip should be full of relaxation and rejuvenation, not tossing and turning.
Hotel Sleep Programs
Hotels across the nation are creating sleep programs and focusing on innovations that will help you get some sleep. These programs include “pillow menus,” where you can choose the best pillow for your sleep style, partnering with sleep researchers to ensure that these hotel rooms are compatible with sleep, and more. Many of the programs go beyond typical sleep improvements like increasing the quality of the bed or installing blackout shades. They are also aimed at helping guests relax and unwind before they click off the lights. If rest and relaxation are on the top of the list for your vacation goals, check out these hotels that are the front runners in prioritizing guests’ sleep.
Westin Hotels have made sleep a crusade with their #JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) campaign. They’re celebrating taking time to rest, exercise, and take a break from technology, and how all those things can be a source of joy. The program is rooted in an effort to end the pressures of our busy culture and the round-the-clock hustle; they want to end sleep shaming and encourage taking time for yourself.
All Westin locations are promoting sleep in their hotel rooms by including a #JOMO door tag and Sleep Well Lavender Balm to promote relaxation. Specific Westin locations have further sleep and wellness programs. In Hilton Head, South Carolina, you can actually request to have your in-room TV disconnected. In Avon, Colorado, you can experience a sound therapy session. In Vancouver, Canada, guests can practice Liquid Yoga in the indoor pool, promoting wellness of mind and body.
In 2013, JW Marriott debuted a program called Nightly Refresh, created to improve the sleep quality of their guests. Nightly Refresh includes a turndown service with an aromatherapy essential oil blend that’s engineered for relaxation. It also includes a Dream Bar, a pro-serotonin, chocolate snack made with chia seeds to promote quick and deep sleep.
Beyond this program, JW Marriott has built sleep into the DNA of their rooms. From the beginning of the design process, they’ve made sure the rooms can get completely blacked out for sleeping. This affects the design of the room, the window treatments used, and even the internal architecture of the room, making sure there isn’t any light bleed from the bathroom. When it comes to the bed, they allow guests to choose from firm or soft pillows and make sure the sheets are soft and never pill. Each room also has an individual temperature control, so guests are sure to sleep comfortably.
Waldorf Astoria is debuting special concierges at some Europe and Asia locations to encourage rest and relaxation. First, they’re introducing a Jet Lag Guru. The Guru will meet with you to consult about the best way to eliminate fatigue, sleep soundly, and transition to the new time zone quickly. These fixes could include special menus, spa treatments, or a relaxing cup of tea.
Less about sleep, but worth a mention, Waldorf Astoria is also introducing concierges they’ve coined Book Masters. These experts will help you find books influenced by your location and your reading preferences. They’ll also fill you in on the best literary destinations wherever you’re visiting. It’s just one more way to relax and disconnect through a carefully curated reading list.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Located in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Carmel Valley Ranch offers a unique hypnotherapy treatment designed to effectively reduce stress and promote deeper and sounder sleep. The Hypno-Health: Wellness for Mind & Spirit treatment with Dr. Bee Epstein-Shepherd will set you back $350 for a 60-minute session or $495 for an 80-minute session, but you’ll leave with a self-hypnosis technique in-hand that you can use throughout your vacation and back home so you can stay rested and stress-free.
At the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas, you should splurge on the ultimate sleep package. Dubbed “A Good Night’s Suite,” this $469 package will get you accommodations in one of their suites, access to an on-site sleep therapist, noise-canceling earplugs, your choice of an herbal or unscented eye mask, cool-temperature pillows, a curated selection of bedside reading, a pre-sleep stretching tutorial to help you relax, sleep-inducing herbal tea, an in-room CD of soothing music, a lavender linen mister, and 20% off a Drift to Sleep treatment at the hotel’s spa. We’re nodding off just thinking about it…
Four Seasons has taken personalizing your hotel sleep experience to the next level and is considered one of the best hotel chains for catching up on your Zs. With the Four Seasons Bed, you can customize your in-room mattress to the perfect firmness by choosing from three different mattress toppers. (If you fall in love, you can even purchase them to have one at home.) The beds also feature temperature regulation technology and come topped with 300-thread-count Dobby Sateen cotton sheets and your choice of feather-stuffed or non-allergenic pillows.
To take your comfort one step further, the Four Seasons offers a deluxe turndown service so you’ll walk into your room after a night out to your bed turned down, pillows fluffed, drapes closed, alarm clock set, and a glass of water waiting for you on the nightstand. Once you’re all tucked in, you won’t have to worry about getting some peace and quiet because all rooms include top-of-the-line sleep acoustics, quiet AC units, gasketing around doorframes for soundproofing, and even insulated pipes in the bathrooms so the toilet won’t flush too loudly.
Let Us Help You Book Your Next Sleep Getaway
Hotel sleep programs have come a long way in the past few years, but we still have a ways to go in promoting good sleep hygiene. Next time you book a trip, be sure to ask your hotel what sleep and wellness amenities they offer. You might be surprised by pillow options, relaxing bath salts, or sleep programs you didn’t know about.
If you’re looking for a hotel-booking process just as relaxing as your next stay, book through Roomkey. We let you see all the available hotel options wherever you’re going, including amenities like gyms or pools that will keep you on schedule and help you sleep. And because nothing kills a relaxation vibe like a lost reservation, when you book through us, you’re booking directly with the hotel. This decreases the chance of miscommunication and lets you talk right to the hotel about anything you need to make your trip more comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable.
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