Top tips for a good night's sleep
Despite glossy adverts, sumptuous bedding and the perception that all hotel visitors have restful nights and sweet dreams, the reality is often quite different with many people suffering with poor sleep in hotel environments. There are many causes of disturbed or interrupted sleep, not least by being away from the comfort and normality of home.
Delegates need to be able to perform at their best, but a night of tossing and turning in an unfamiliar environment can seriously affect their ability to do so. A top priority for all guests is the ability to relax, recover and sleep.
Luke Gupta, an expert on sleep and its effect on performance, offers the following advice to those looking for a good night’s rest:
Try to maintain your personal sleep routine while you’re away from home as much as possible – this habitual routine will act as an important behavioural cue for sleep to readily occur.
Be sure to take the time to unpack, set out your belongings such as your pyjamas, toilet bag, clothes for the next day etc – this can help you feel more settled in an unfamiliar bedroom.
Take some time to familiarise yourself with the air-conditioning /heating and lighting in the room and be sure to set these to your preference prior to leaving the room for the evening in preparation for returning to sleep – coming back into a room that is dimly lit and cooler in temperature will help sleep occur more readily.
Make sure you pack any items like photos, books, blankets, and even consider taking your own pillow, and place these items around the room to help familiarise yourself with your new personal space.
The bed should be used for sleeping only! Activities like reading, working, or even eating in bed can make it difficult to sleep because these activities are associated with being awake – instead, use the desk space or chair in the room for these activities.
Our bedrooms have been created to maximise performance for any guest. Leading experts from a variety of fields have gathered to provide input on the design of the rooms, ensuring the very best conditions during your stay. A top priority for all our guests is the ability to relax, recover and sleep.