Summer vacation plans are in full swing! While traveling can be exciting, the idea of coming home from your adventure and feeling immediately exhausted can be daunting.
Raise your hand if you have ever experienced needing a vacation to recover from your vacation!
What if your next trip was centered entirely around the goal of getting more sleep? This is the concept behind the rising travel trend called “Sleep Tourism” (also known as “napcations” or “sleepcations”).
Many people are starting to explore this new style of vacation which allows them to take intentional time away in order to focus on restorative sleep and improve their overall health and well-being. It is an ideal vacation plan for those who are sleep-deprived, stressed, or experiencing burnout.
Treat Yourself to Sleep
Imagine spending a few days at a resort where, instead of filling every moment with an activity or adventure, you can take time to relax in a quiet, peaceful environment.
Many hotels are beginning to offer special packages to cater to guests who prioritize sleep. This may include meditation sessions, spa treatments and room amenities like customized pillow menus and noise machines. Some even provide guided programs with sleep experts who can help you better understand your body’s needs and patterns.
Dreaming in Paradise
One of the attractions of a sleep vacation is having the chance to travel to unique destinations with more serene atmospheres than are typically found at home. Ultimate relaxation can be achieved by resting in specially designated locations such as a rainforest campground, a mountainside hammock, or even an underwater bedroom.
Some of the more exotic locations that have become popular for sleep tourism are places like Bali, known for its yoga retreats and wellness centers, or Finland which offers stunning views of the Northern lights from peaceful, igloo-style accommodations.
Local to the United States are popular retreat destinations such as Sedona, Arizona; Big Sur, California; and Maui, Hawaii. These locations offer opportunities to unplug from the bustle of regular life and become immersed in the tranquility of nature.
Easy on the Wallet
While it may seem like taking a vacation for the purpose of sleep would be a waste of money, you may be surprised to find that sleep tourism can be an effective way to plan a cheaper getaway. Without the extra expenses of activities that are involved in a typical summer vacation, sleepcations can reduce financial stress and leave you feeling restored upon your return home.
You may be able to find discounts or special offers by booking in advance or during the off-season. Also, some locations offer budget-friendly options, such as shared accommodations or shorter programs. The cost of a sleep retreat can vary widely depending on the destination, type of accommodation, and length of stay so take care to do your research and plan according to your personal preferences and budget.
A Little R&R Goes a Long Way
Prioritizing your sleep wellness can have amazing effects on your mental, physical, and emotional health. And a sleepcation can create lasting improvements to your sleep quality at home. Although it is not a magic fix, you may be surprised to find that you return home with a new resolve to continue the healthy sleep habits that you established during your time away.
When you experience restorative sleep with reduced stress and anxiety, your body can regulate and create a noticeable difference in your energy levels and productivity. Remember that your body is constantly communicating with you about what it needs. Learn to listen to it – even if it means setting aside a few days just for sleep.