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Could ‘Sleep Retreats’ Be The New Path To Wellness?

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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‘Self-care’ has become a recent buzzword that conjures topics from beauty regimens to yoga and meditation. However, many people seem to forget that sleep should be an essential part of your self-care routine.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

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Though we live in a culture that often wears “the hustle” or “the grind” with a badge of honor, it is important to know that lack of sleep is deeply connected to many health issues including cardiovascular disease. 

With so many paths to wellness out there, it’s no surprise that hotels are now offering “sleep retreats”. Ultimately, these sleep-focused experiences are aimed at understanding each guests’ individual requirements and challenges when it comes to sleep, and how best to address that so they sleep restfully once back to their regular routine.

Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, Arizona begins visits with a consultation to review sleep experience and medical history. With this information, the hotel starts customizing your stay with workshops, spirituality sessions, and overnight sleep studies. 

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And the trend is catching on with regular hotels as well. The Benjamin in Manhattan offers a Rest & Renew program, and Washington Park Hotel in Miami Beach gives guests a melatonin capsule and a copy of The Most Boring Book Ever Written to help their guests reach sleep euphoria. 

“People, by and large, get that nutrition is important, they get the exercise stuff, but sleep is the last frontier,” Rebecca Robbins who runs the Rest & Renew program at The Benjamin told American Way magazine. “People are finally coming around to that, and the advent of these programs is an indicator.”

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