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Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together

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Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together
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Sleep – the best medicine to rejuvenate your body and mind. An adult requires seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but how may of us can truly say we are getting the sleep we need? A healthy life is a result of a combination of a good diet and exercise, the rest are the main ingredients. Simple, yet easier said than done. 

Due to the highly demanding nature of contemporary lifestyles, getting a good night’s sleep eludes many of us. It is no wonder that sleep disorders such as insomnia are becoming more of an epidemic in modern society. Sleep disorders can be caused and triggered by internal health issues or our external environments and are often a combination of both.

Retreats offer the best way to treat your sleep issues in a holistic and lasting manner. When you check into a sleep retreat, you are consciously choosing to enter a space where you can tap into your centre and chase away the inner demons that are stealing your rest time. Treatments are an integral or indirect service offered at most health spas, ashrams and wellness retreats; however, sleep retreats offer sleep treatments and nothing else. Everything from the decor to the location and ambience aims to help you sleep better. You will find formal sleep therapy, relaxation programmes, as well as sleep education and personal evaluations to understand and improve your sleep patterns. The end objective is for you to leave the retreat not only well rested, but also with a new and improved lifestyle and approach to wellness. 

Many sleep treatments rest on the belief that there is an intrinsic link between sleep and spirituality. A person’s mental and spiritual state has a deep impact on sleep patterns. Research shows that good habits are an ongoing daily process. The way you spend your day influences your evening. In order to get the best sleep, you need to be in the right frame of mind. There are more than enough quick fixes available to temporarily alleviate your stress levels, but without a concrete change in lifestyle and overall well-being, no lasting shift can take place. 

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Sleep retreats exist to help awaken your spiritual side and teach you how to be more peaceful using tried and tested methods of wellness therapies. You will typically find tranquillity, peace and oneness with nature, akin to a vacation with the benefits of individually designed scientific therapies to fight sleeplessness, improve habits and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the underlying reasons for your struggles. 

Sleep retreats use a combination of spa treatments such as tailor-made exercise programmes, massage treatments and nature and wellness therapies. hidden sensory tools such as scents and sounds are also used. Nothing at a sleep retreat is an accident, with every single detail aimed to help guests sleep better. Even the food served is free from stimulants such as caffeine and sugar. 

Depending on your needs and specifications, sleep treatments can be packed into weekend programmes or those lasting days at a time. Treatment is administered in groups, offering a great support system to help those in the same boat overcome their sleep problems together. 

Chiva-Som, Thailand 

Chiva-Som is a luxury health resort with international standards in health and wellness management coupled with Thai hospitality. Everything here is done with a focus on holistic health for the mind, body and spirit. 

The retreat offers guests complimentary health and wellness consultations and personalised programmes to reach their health goals under the advice and therapy of personal consultants. The staff at Chiva- Som include expert health professionals, consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.

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Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia

The gaia Retreat is a world-class seaside resort that guarantees the best sleep you’ve ever had. The internationally recognised multi-award-winning gaia Retreat & Spa is nestled on 25 acres of the breathtaking Bundjalung Country hinterland of Byron Bay, the region known as the healing heartland of Australia. 

Gaia’s ethos and nurturing environment is a haven to develop, create and actualise your sleep goals. gaia is simply a facilitator to provide the space, solitude and inspiration required to embrace healthy change. You will be guided by qualified sleep therapists who help guests continue a healthy sleep journey long after they leave the signature gaia experience. 

Although not exclusively a special sleep retreat, gaia offers a large range of treatments and consolations that certainly benefit people suffering from sleep ailments.

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The Sleep Retreat, UK 

In the heart of the UK, The Sleep Retreat is located at the spectacular Riversdown Estate in hampshire, just an hour away from London. 

The Sleep Retreat caters exclusively to sleep ailments and provides a variety of natural treatments, giving guests the time and space to explore and understand their sleep patterns in a private setting and leave with confidence. 

The Sleep Retreat uses evidence-based techniques proven to improve sleep, based on years of research and practice developed by experts from all over the world. It equips guests with the behavioural and psychological techniques required to ensure they sleep better in the long term. 

At The Sleep Retreat, wellness is paramount, and there is a range of wellness disciplines to choose from including gym, yoga, massage, walks, sauna, cycling, golf, tennis and many other activities.

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Ananda in The Himalayas, India

Ananda in the himalayas is India’s most famous spa and has somewhat of a legendary reputation that it truly deserves. To many India is the heartland of spirituality, and there is no better place to tap into your spiritual side than in the foothills of the himalayas. Its Ananda Spa offers wellness programmes in a spectacular atmosphere and setting. The spa itself is huge with 24 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools and more than 79 treatments to offer. In addition, guests can enjoy daily yoga, meditation and reiki classes. 

Although not strictly a sleep retreat, the Ananda Spa is equipped to provide sleep treatments and cure sleep ailments in a natural, Ayurvedic and holistic way. 

Como Shambhala Estate, Indonesia 

Como Shambhala is one of the world’s best-loved destination spas in Asia, offering a holistic approach to health and well- being through healthy eating, exercise and soothing treatments that nourish the mind and body. At Como Shambhala, pampering is elevated to an art form with the ultimate goal of total rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit via various Asian and Western holistic treatments. Each guest is offered an initial wellness consultation, which is then developed into a tailor-made treatment and activity plan.