But all those late or restless nights may start to take a toll on the body. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep deficiency is associated with "a growing number of health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers." Yikes.
Now, a new trend in wellness is focused on helping people journey to dreamland. Many hotels and spas have begun to offer retreats and packages designed to support guests in the quest to get a little more shuteye. Forget about simply counting sheep, these retreats and packages go the extra mile to help the body rest and repair. Keep reading for more details on some of the — please excuse the pun — dreamiest sleep retreats from around the world.
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The Benjamin, Manhattan, NY
· A pillow menu, with options including everything from anti-snore pillows to water-filled pillows, as well as body cushions and Swedish memory foam.
· On-demand meditation: Created in partnership with The Path, this program is designed to help guests slow down mentally and physically.
· Sleep masks, earplugs, blackout curtains, noise machines, and a lullaby music library, all provided to help guests fall — and stay — asleep.
· 24/7 sleep team: a specialized concierge team trained by Robbins to provide advice and answer all sleep-related questions.
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Mountain Trek Retreat & Health Spa, British Columbia, Canada
Each retreat is a week long, with a limited maximum of 16 guests per week. Guests are invited to enjoy everything from daily guided fitness hikes to relaxing amenities such as massages and yoga classes. There's even an organic menu (designed to fit your food preferences, of course), as well as various health and lifestyle workshops.
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Six Senses Douro Valley, Quinta de Vale Abraão, Portugal
Stays can be booked in 3, 5, 7, or 10 night increments, and includes lots of additional amenities, such as personalized training and yoga, various types of massage and even consultations and spa treatments.
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Swissôtel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
· Bright light session: guests sit for 30 minutes in front of a 10,000 lux lamp, meant to reset the body's internal clock. Another option is to use a portable light headset designed by Valkee, which shoots beams of light into the head through the ears (yes, really).
· Aromatherapy: reenergize with lemongrass essences and citrus oils.
· Thin air breathing session: spend 30 minutes breathing in specially-generated air meant to mimic the thinness of mountain air. According once again to Travel Pulse, the inhalation of thin air releases nitrogen monoxide into the bloodstream, which widens the blood vessels. The benefit of this is to lower blood pressure, which can in lead to relaxation and deeper sleep.
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