This is a hectic, busy world. Finding time for some much-needed peace and quiet is almost impossible. Swirling thoughts, problems at work, and family matters are keeping you up at night. Maybe you can’t recall the last time you had a good night’s sleep. Your body depends on sleep to function properly, and when you’re sleep-deprived, your daily functions suffer. Reaction time is slower, you can’t think as clearly, and motivation is low, making it hard to get in your daily exercise.
Imagine being well-rested and recharged. When you get enough sleep, you are less stressed, more alert, and more prepared to take on the day. Creativity is boosted when rested, and your mood is elevated, making your work and family situations much easier to deal with. How, then, do you get that coveted good night’s sleep?
If you have already tried all the tips and tricks for at-home rest, maybe it’s time to schedule a dream vacation. Here are some ideal places to visit and recharge with the much-needed rest your body and mind crave. You’ll also make some great memories in the process!
Get Back To Nature
Do you love the sound of the wind in the trees? Do the sounds of nature lull you into a state of relaxation? Sometimes, to find a relaxing destination, all you have to do is look out your backdoor. Well, at least look at your local area. Whether you enjoy “roughing” it or prefer a comfy bed, State Parks often have a treasure trove of spots to recharge your batteries.
Pitch a tent under a sprawling oak tree, go for a hike, and enjoy a campfire before wrapping up in that comfortable sleeping bag. If you’re not too keen on the rustic experience, some parks offer various cabins you can rent for the weekend. If you’re lucky, your park will offer a “Glamping” cabin that has a bed you can roll out under the stars and enjoy nature in the comfort of a mosquito-free, net-enclosed room.
Looking further afield, National Parks are an excellent destination for all your outdoor adventure and relaxation needs. Try the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park. It’s reported to be the quietest place in the lower 48 states. Airplanes sometimes even reroute to keep the area free of noise pollution. With its varied landscape, Olympic offers a natural soundscape second to none.
Want an even more intense relaxation experience with meditative silence? Book a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies for an intensely relaxing 7-day meditation retreat. You don’t have to stay state-side for a natural sleep adventure either. Try sleeping under the stars in the world’s biggest bedroom at the Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya. Whatever natural venue you choose, you’ll get the best sleep of your life.
Take a Caribbean Cruise
Do you desire a little more luxury on your vacation? There’s nothing better than a relaxing Bahamas cruise from Miami. Imagine being rocked gently to sleep in your cozy ship cabin. You can then wake up rested and enjoy all the accommodations of a luxury resort, all while surrounded by crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Disembark at some of the most beautiful and historic locations in the Americas.
Enjoy the Beach In the Maldives
Love the idea of crystal clear waters and a spa resort atmosphere, but get a little queasy at the thought of rolling waves? Then a stay in the Maldives is perfect for you! It is surprisingly affordable not only to get there but also to stay there. Doze off with your toes in the warm sand of pristine beaches, listening to the calming sound of waves lapping at the shore.
Exercise your body by snorkeling in the warm waters. When you are done with your day, retire to the luxurious comfort of your on-the-water bungalow when you can enjoy the sunset before turning into a well-appointed bedroom. A week of this, letting go of all your worries will leave you more recharged than you’ve ever been.
Get Cozy In an Ice Hotel
Maybe you’ve always fantasized about spending the night in an igloo, or perhaps you get great sleep when it’s cold outside. If this is you, then maybe your next vacation should be to an ice hotel. It might seem like a scene out of a Bond film, but there are, in fact, hotels made entirely out of ice that you can stay at! After a day outside participating in winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or snowboarding, you can unwind at the ice bar having some unique drinks. When you’re ready to retire, curl up in your ice bed on a super comfortable mattress and under luxurious and very warm blankets. This unique experience will not only bestow lasting memories but some of the best sleep and rest you’ve ever had.
Take Themed Vacation
Few things beat the rest you get after an exciting day, seeing the sights or having fun. That’s why a vacation to a theme park or fun destination might be the thing for you. Did you grow up loving that silly mouse? Or maybe you fantasize about being a wizard. Perhaps you thrive on the adrenaline of a roller coaster. After a day of fun and excitement at the amusement park, you’ll enjoy a great night’s sleep. Most parks and destinations offer top-notch accommodations with pillow-like beds and spa-level amenities. The memories you make at these destinations are priceless, and the rest you leave you ready to go when you get home.
Stay Close to Home
Who says you have to take a trip to get some relaxation? There are many ways to unwind and relax in your own neighborhood that will help get you the sleep you deserve. A relatively new method of relaxation is to go afloat. Float centers are becoming more common in cities around the country and offer an immersive and possibly life-changing experience. Float centers provide a comfortable and safe sensory deprivation experience and create intense relaxation. You might think of such an experience as a claustrophobic pod, but many places offer an entire cabin or room that replaces the old pods. The experience consists of 60-90 minutes floating in a shallow tank of warm saltwater. It relieves stress on the body and lets the mind drift unhindered. Customers report many benefits, including much better sleep after a session. Other services you can benefit from include acupuncture, massage, yoga, reiki, and guided meditation.
It’s important to take care of yourself and get enough rest to enjoy your life to its fullest. Whether you’re venturing too far-off lands or staying nearby, many destinations can provide the setting and relaxing experience you need to get the necessary rest. So leave your troubles and worries at home, unwind, and enjoy the best sleep of your life!
The truth is no matter where you try to sleep, you may not be successful. If your sleep loss has become a chronic issue, talk to your primary care doctor or call Alaska Sleep Clinic today .