Sleep Retreats and Circadian Travel: The Reset Buttons You Should Press After Lockdown

As travel restrictions ease, we’re waving goodbye to lockdown insomnia and embracing sleep retreats for a well-earned dose of circadian recalibration.

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After months of lockdown, we’re finding that camomile tea, lavender oil and curling up with a good book just aren’t cutting it when it comes to winding down.

According to a study by King’s College London, half the population has struggled with getting to sleep during the COVID crisis. What’s more, two in five of the 2,300 participants reported that they’re sleeping for fewer hours a night on average. It’s small wonder that the hashtag #cantsleep has been trending on Twitter since the start of lockdown.

If you’re reading this and wondering what you can do to snatch back those precious hours of slumber, a circadian reboot may be in order.

What does circadian travel involve?

Circadian travel involves attending sleep-focused retreats, where sleep specialists have devised a tailored programme around resetting your circadian rhythms.

The approach each centre takes varies in both style and intensity with some adopting holistic methods; some take science-based approaches while others incorporate tailored medical plans and advice. These techniques may include analysing your sleeping habits, oxygen therapy, full-body MOTs, homoeopathic remedies, timed meals and exercise, Ayurvedic massages, mood-boosting music and sounds, as well as light-exposure therapy. You don’t have to be a chronic insomniac to go to one, but if you are, this might just be the thing for you.

Below, you’ll find a selection of hotels that offer specialised sleep retreats, each offering a different approach. You may be after new lifestyle changes, a few days’ escapism, or a detailed plan to help you work through your disturbed lockdown sleep. Wherever you go, rest and relaxation are guaranteed.

Sleep Retreats Recommended

Hotel Café Royal

Soho, London

West Usk Lighthouse

Newport, Wales

Lisnavagh House

Carlow, Ireland

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Bath, United Kingdom

The Sleep Mastery Programme by The Sleep Guru


Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Lanserhof Tegernsee

Bavaria, Germany

Equinox Hotel

New York, US

Six Senses Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan

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