Margaret Thatcher claimed she needed only four hours of sleep, Judy Garland developed insomnia after she became addicted to amphetamines, and John Lennon went so far as to write I’m So Tired about his sleepless nights. It’s one thing not sleeping at home, but what happens if you can’t sleep ahead of a business meeting or a big day of sightseeing? Whether it’s due to insomnia or jet lag—which the National Sleep Foundation found affects half of business travellers—there are solutions for those of us who need to do more than count sheep to get to sleep.
The London Marriott Grosvenor Square offers the Sleep Well Experience. Ian Pask, General Manager at the hotel, says: ‘We wanted to develop a package that created a long-term impact for guests, so that we can help with their well-being long after their stay.’ The package includes a one-night stay in a room looking out on to a secret garden. Even if your hotel is sorted, you can try parts of the experience: the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet, designed to tune out frequencies from electronic devices; the invaluable guide, The Sleep Book; and L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist and Relaxing Shower Gel.
As for the Corinthia Hotel, the Sumptuous Sleep Retreat has been developed with the help of medical experts. The venue is a mecca to sleep: enjoy dinner from the Sleep Menu, it includes foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which contains the sleep hormone melatonin; have a session with sleep guru Dr. Guy Meadows; and unwind with a Sleep Ritual Massage. The massage includes a cleansing foot ritual, a Balinese massage and a scalp massage with hot stones.
Or why not try the Dry Flotation Bed at the Spa InterContinental, at the InterContinental London Park Lane? Just 20 minutes can feel like four hours’ sleep. The Anti Jet-Lag Spa Ritual at Spa to You at London Hilton On Park Lane helps you wind down after a flight, whereas the Aman Spa’s Jet Lag Recovery at the Connaught helps you adjust to a new time zone.
Thank you, London, and good night!
Posted 21 Mar 2015