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Sleep Tourism: Everything You Need To Know About This New Travel Trend
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Sleep Tourism: Everything You Need To Know About This New Travel Trend

For many of us, traveling usually signifies being busy and on the go and has less to do with sleep. With the way that PTO is set up, there's usually a sense of urgency to go from one activity to the next and maximize the limited time you have on vacation. Despite how exhausting it can be to move non-stop on a trip, I am guilty of saying, “I’ll rest when I get back home.” However, in recent years, sleep tourism has emerged as a new and exciting trend in the world of travel, and it involves visiting places specifically for rest and sleep-focused accommodations. This is especially important for those of us who live in the hustle culture and prioritize work and other responsibilities over our own well-being.


If you’re wondering to yourself why you’d travel somewhere just to get some sleep, research is showing that lack of sleep can have impacts on our physical health, mood, and even cognitive functioning. So even if you’re taking a relaxing vacation to get away from the stresses of life and work, if you aren’t prioritizing rest as well, you may be putting yourself at a higher risk for things like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. And according to The Sleep Health Journal, more than 35% of Americans report poor sleep.

With this in mind, establishments around the world have been shifting their focus to providing packages and amenities for those looking to fight off sleep deprivation. Some of this includes suites equipped with weighted blankets and sleepytime tea, to sleep-inducing medications, and oil diffusers. As society begins to shift its priorities towards mental health, wellness, and well-being, here are some places that you can check out to get your sleep vacation popping.

Park Hyatt in New York, New York City

Hyatt

While New York City is famously dubbed “The city that never sleeps,” the Park Hyatt Hotel is trying to change that with its restorative sleep suites. These 1-bedroom accommodations are equipped with everything you need to tune out the bustling sounds of the city and get some well-deserved shut-eye.

Some of the things included in this experience are an AI-backed bed and mattress that adjusts itself to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The smart bed makes adjustments to your body’s needs, relieving pressure points, changing its firmness, and providing motions that will aid you in sleeping better. You can also expect to find sleeping masks, an oil diffuser, and sleep-related books to add to this relaxing experience.

Pebble Beach Resort in Carmel, California

The Spa at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Although I’ve never taken a vacation solely for the purpose of sleeping, hitting up The Spa at Pebble Beach while out of town is always on my to-do list. This resort, located just south of San Francisco, has found a way to package a restful experience right into its spa experiences. One of the relaxing services you can treat yourself to is a 45-minute floatation wrap, which involves being wrapped in a heated cover and laying on a floating bed while allowing your mind to be free. And if you want to take your spa trip to the next level, you can add on a restorative nap to ensure full rejuvenation and bliss.

Six Senses in Portinatx, Ibiza

Six Senses

While Ibiza is known as one of the party capitals of the world, Six Senses is changing the way people experience Ibiza with a specially curated sleep program. They offer 3-, 5-, and 7-day wellness programs that include sleep tracking and analysis, massages, personalized fitness activities such as yoga and Pilates, and other sleep amenities, all from the advice and expertise of a sleep doctor. The benefits of this program include not only a better sleep pattern but improved memory, stress decreases, and a strengthened immune system. The perfect wind down after the turn-up.

The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The Springs Resort & Spa

Nothing says relaxation better than hot springs and aromatherapy, and this Colorado-based resort is giving that plus more. Located in Pagosa Springs, this resort takes sleep tourism to the next level with natural, hydrothermal hot springs that you can soak in to help better prepare your mind and body for a good night's rest. And if you want to really enhance your evening, add on their sleep ritual tray, which includes a deep sleep guide, ear plugs, and a cell phone sleep sack to ensure there are no disruptions to your beauty rest.

The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel in London

The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel

The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, in London is, upping its wellness options with the introduction of their “sleep concierge,” a new service dedicated specifically to providing a peaceful sleeping experience for guests. The hotel partnered with a sleep expert to curate the perfect sleep package that includes a pillow designed to support your personal sleep style, a meditation recording, bedtime tea, and a scented pillow mist to help you drift off into dreamland without issues.

Upgrading to the sleep concierge package also gives you access to a morning motivation recording to help get your day started right after the amazing sleep you just had. We love the follow-up support!

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