Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The science of sleep: Three unusual hotel pillow offerings 

In an always-on world, sleep has fallen by the wayside. After all, why hit the sheets early when you can catch up on some work or watch a new show on Netflix?

However, scientific studies have time and again demonstrated that good sleep and good health are natural bedfellows – and hotels are cottoning on. Enter the pillow menu, which is aimed at helping travellers optimise their shuteye. These menus are fast becoming de rigueur at many luxury and business hotels, and they’re getting increasingly creative – think pillows equipped with speakers or imbued with anti-ageing ingredients.

Rest your head on these three unusual offerings  

1. Anti-ageing pillow

Catch up on your beauty sleep, quite literally, at The Montcalm at The Brewery London City in London. The hotel’s bespoke pillow menu features an anti-ageing option, which is fitted with a 100% cotton cover infused with Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

 Leela Convention Ambience Hotel
Leela Convention Ambience Hotel’s pillow menu includes an ecological pillow filled with spelt chaff, horse hair pillow, neck supporting pillow and more

2. Horsehair pillow

Natural fillings for pillows typically include feathers, goose down and buckwheat, but the Leela Convention Ambience Hotelin Delhi offers one stuffed with horsehair. These fibres have excellent ventilation properties thanks to their hollow shafts, effectively wicking away sweat and ensuring a cool night’s sleep. 

Conrad Centennial Singapore pillow
You’ll be spoiled with 15 types of pillows from Conrad Centennial Singapore’s pillow menu

3. Tatami pillow

Traditionally used as a flooring material in Japan, tatami – a type of mat woven from dried rush straw – regulates heat and humidity; it also gives off a subtle grassy scent that purportedly promotes relaxation. Try it in pillow form at the Conrad Centennial Singapore in the Little Red Dot, where it’s one of dozens of options on the hotel chain’s pillow menu. 

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