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Sweet dreams are made of this

Ever feel like the princess and the pea? Be more sleeping beauty at these plush pads, which go the extra mile to give guests the ultimate slumber. In time for World Sleep Day on 17 March, High Life investigates pillow menus, bedtime cookies, sleep tracking and other zzz-enhancing delights

01/03/2022Updated 01/03/2023

Sleep tourism is nothing new. For centuries, people have journeyed far and wide in search of peace and quiet, or a bit of recuperation. But it’s undeniably exploding in popularity right now with the rise of wellness travel – and as a counterpart to our busier-than-ever, switched-on lives. Our approach to sleep tourism is evolving with the times, growing ever-more medically attuned, technology-focused and brag-worthy on social media.

“There is some solid science behind sleep tourism,” says Martin Seeley, sleep expert and CEO at MattressNextDay. “Sleep plays an important role in brain function and overall health, but between 50 and 70 million Americans have sleep-related problems, as do 16 million Brits.

“Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked with an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. And that's not all – lack of sleep can even affect your brain function, making it harder to concentrate or think clearly. Going on a sleep retreat could help anyone.”

Most of these stays offer a baseline of doze-inducing massages, yoga, meditation or reflexology so, regardless of health reasons, they’re tempting propositions. Pack your sleep mask and earplugs and check into one of these groundbreaking sleep retreats.