With almost half of all Americans claiming insufficient sleep affects their daily lives, many are seeking inventive ways to get the rest they need. Enter a slew of hotels and resorts offering insomnia-busting boot-camp-style programs and slumber-focused amenities, from guided meditations and special pillow menus to in-room bedtime stories.
Sleep Training Vacations to Beat Insomnia
These stays aim to help people overcome sleep struggles—from insomnia to occasional sleep disturbances.
Sleep Better in the Bahamas
Located near Nassau, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat promises to increase your inner peace at this healing-focused facility founded by Swami Vishnudevananda in 1967. Its tranquility and the gentle lapping of ocean waves help put you into the relaxation zone, while its in-depth sleep-centric programming (January, February and July 2018) tackles insomnia and other issues head on. Psychologist and sleep specialist Rubin Naiman takes an integrative body-mind-spirit approach to sleep training so you can snooze well again.
Kicking Insomnia in Thailand
Tapping into the combined power of pampering and Chinese/Ayurvedic medicine can put you on your way to snoozing through the entire night again. The luxurious Kamalaya wellness and holistic spa resort offers an add-on sleep enhancement program. It’s an intensive seven days designed to get to the root of your insomnia with a wellness consultation, full lifestyle review, meditation, and massages. Located on the south coast of Koh Samui in Thailand, participants can soak up more chill-laxed vibes at the nearby beach.
Quick Sleep Fix in Tucson
Closer to home, Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, takes a speedier approach to sleep training with a 50-minute sleep enhancement session available to guests struggling with insomnia and other sleep disorders. A licensed therapist drills down to the source of your poor sleep and dishes out expert remedies.
Pillow Menus and More in U.S. Cities
In New York, The Benjamin pulls out all the stops with its Rest & Renew program to ensure its hotel rooms are as sleep-inducing as possible. The pillow menu alone has nine choices, from water-filled options to a pillow with thin mini-speakers embedded in it so you can be lulled to sleep with soothing music. Created in conjunction with sleep medicine expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, the Midtown hotel has a long list of snoozy amenities, from sleep masks and earplugs to white noise machines and meditation on demand. Still can’t sleep? Pick up the phone for insomnia advice from the 24/7 sleep concierge.
Meanwhile, at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, luxury means eight different pillows to suit a wide variety of needs, including buckwheat stuffed, latex, memory foam, and body contoured. Guests who have had a eureka moment after a good night’s rest can purchase their fave pillow at checkout.
Looking for the ultimate mattress? Bed-test a handmade, horsehair stuffed, organic version mattress made in Sweden by Hästens at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas. After a great night’s sleep, you might be tempted to pick up one for your bedroom at home, but be warned: this ultra-high-end mattress costs somewhere in neighborhood of $60,000.
Snooze Control in Berlin
Somnologist (aka sleep doc) Michael Field worked with the Swissotel Berlin to put together the essentials of peaceful slumber for its DeepSleep promotion. The package includes light therapy in the morning, a special pillow with a built-in sound machine, use of the hotel’s PowerNap Lounge, a calming nighttime drink, dietary supplements and aromatherapy in the morning and at night. Whether you’re simply jetlagged or have chronic insomnia, you’ll find help to get your 40 winks and more at this property in West Berlin.
Andaz Liverpool Street may look sleek and contemporary but it takes an old-school approach to help guests get to sleep. Upon request, it will send a pajama-clad staff member to your hotel room, where they will read you a bedtime story, just like your mom probably did when you were a kid.
Or you can soothe your soul with the deluxe pampering that’s part of the Mindful Sleep package available at the Corinthia Hotel London. It includes treatments like a hot stone massage with warm oil, plus a scalp massage. To work on calming the anxious thoughts that prevent you from getting to sleep, there’s a private session to teach you the principles of yogic sleep, which focuses on visualization techniques to prep mind and body for a night of sweet dreams.
More from SmarterTravel:
- 9 Ways to Sleep Better on Overnight Flights
- 10 Camping Gear Essentials That Are Easy to Pack
- 9 Ways You’re Making Travel Miserable (and How to Stop)
Michele Sponagle is a prolific lifestyle journalist who has visited more than 70 countries. Her work has appeared in major media outlets, such as Good Housekeeping, ELLE, Washington Post, iExplore.com, Paste Magazine, SheKnows.com, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and others. Follow her on Instagram @Michele_Sponagle and Twitter @Msponagle.