Health Travel Magazine - Digest 2024

A guide to sleep retreats and the world’s best sleep programmes

There are many reasons why we may go through periods of disturbed or poor quality sleep, whether through insomnia, or external factors such as stress or illness, and this can have a knock on effect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Aside from low mood, low energy, and reduced memory and cognitive function, lack of sleep can also affect our immune systems, put us at greater risk of long term illness such as diabetes and heart disease, and weight gain.

Take control of your sleep schedule and empower yourself with the knowledge of how to improve your sleep routine with a bespoke sleep retreat by Health Travel, and experience a truly transformative experience.

How much should I be sleeping?

The National Sleep Foundation advises that healthy adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, although where you fall in this range is determined by a number of personal factors such as activity levels and overall health.

When it comes to sleeping hour recommendations, earlier rather than later is best, with research suggesting that around 10pm is the ideal time to go to sleep. However, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, the most important thing to consider is consistency – a good routine is key to achieving better sleep.

If you find that you struggle with routine, or to achieve the recommended number of hours asleep, or feel constantly tired and low in energy, a sleep retreat may be the ideal fix for your problems.

All our wellness hotels create calming environments for restful sleep

What is a sleep retreat and how is it beneficial?

Sleep retreats are designed to help revert your body back to its natural, healthy sleeping pattern, whilst giving you the tools to create and maintain better sleeping habits at home. Medical testing and technology is used to assess your body and overall levels of health, enabling the sleep experts to identify the underlying causes behind your poor sleep and effectively manage them.

As with all our retreats, your experience and treatments are completely tailored to you. Your treatment plan may include meditation and yoga, relaxing spa treatments, a nutritionally complete diet, and gentle exercise to help restore your body’s ideal sleeping pattern.

Read on to discover some of our favourite sleep programmes and what they entail.

Sleep at Six Senses Laamu, the Maldives

As if the dreamy turquoise waters of the Maldives weren’t relaxing enough, the Sleep programme at Six Senses Laamu will help you de-stress and establish an improved and sustainable sleep routine, to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Advice from the resort’s sleep doctor is combined with a peaceful blend of yoga, meditation, spa treatments, and low intensity training to reset your body to its natural rhythms. Aside from a boosted mood and higher energy levels, the improvement in your sleeping habits can slow down the ageing process, improve memory, and strengthen the immune system, leaving your body better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

Discover peaceful sleep surrounded by endless ocean at Six Senses Laamu

Sleep Medicine at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

The home of high-tech medical treatments, SHA Wellness Clinic has a solution for every health and wellness complaint, and sleep is no exception. Put yourself in their expert hands and experience a sleep transformation and the many benefits it brings.

An expert sleep evaluation helps identify the causes of abnormal sleep rhythms using different measurements and highly specialised technology. Once the causes of sleep imbalances have been established, appropriate treatments and therapies can be used to re-introduce a natural sleep cycle, setting you on track for a more productive and energetic life.

A neutral coloured bedroom with floor to ceiling windows at SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain
SHA’s sleep experts can uncover the root of your sleeping troubles

Sleep Well at REVIVO Bali, Indonesia

Head to the spiritual centre of Bali, Indonesia to reset your sleep and revive yourself. REVĪVŌ Bali is a sustainable wellness resort with a focus on holistic wellbeing, and its specialised Sleep Well programme helps contribute to the maintenance of a healthy mind, body, and soul.

The goal of this retreat is to regulate and improve your sleeping habits by addressing underlying health problems which may be contributing factors to insomnia. In addition to the mental and cognitive benefits, long-term improved sleep can also eliminate body toxins, reduce risk of illness and signs of ageing, and improve gastrointestinal health.

A four poster bed in a traditional open-sided hut at REVIVO Bali in Indonesia
Improve your sleeping habits and address any underlying problems at REVIVO Bali

Tranquility & Sleep Enhancing at Marbella Club Hotel, Spain

Priding itself on its calming, home away from home atmosphere, the Marbella Club Hotel in Spain creates the perfect environment to deeply relax and unwind, inspired by the laidback Mediterranean lifestyle. Among their numerous and diverse wellness programmes is Tranquility & Sleep Enhancing, designed to improve your sleep using evidence-based techniques.

As well as a lifestyle and nutrition consultation to get to the root of your problems, soothing massages, singing bowls, and spa treatments will enable your mind to relax and reach a better mindset for improved sleep. Marbella Club Hotel’s team of experts will also equip you with helpful routines and guidance on how to achieve better sleep quality once back at home.

An open plan suite with bed and living area and sea views at Marbella Club Hotel in Spain
Marbella Club Hotel’s home from home atmosphere is perfect for drifting off to sleep

Sleep Enhancement at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

A spiritual sanctuary on Thailand’s tropical coastline, Kamalaya Koh Samui is the perfect place to relax and free your mind of any stresses and troubles. This calming, holistic resort holds the key to unlocking deep tranquility, and finding the answer to better sleep through the Sleep Enhancement programme.

Focusing on the mental and emotional barriers to sleep, this programme seeks to calm the mind and create resilience to stress, allowing you to sleep easily and restfully. Naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, and a life enhancement mentor will gently guide your mind and body back to a natural state of balance, so that you can fall into deep, rejuvenating sleep both during your stay and back at home.

Break down the mental and emotional barriers to sleep at Kamalaya Koh Samui

If you are interested in any of our sleep programmes, contact our wellness specialists through WhatsApp or our online enquiry form to begin planning your own retreat.