Where did the idea of circadian travel come from?
Long before COVID interrupted our peaceful slumbers, some weary
travellers were using circadian science to help mitigate the
effects of jet lag, particularly for long-haul journeys, when body
clocks are drastically thrown off course in a very short period of
To combat the issue, strategies like restricting light exposure,
rest and food intake at certain times were used to help travellers
recover and adjust faster. Intermittent fasting was also
encouraged, as it's a circadian-based diet (eating within a timed
window). Hydrotherapy, timed exercise and taking small doses of the
hormone melatonin also proved beneficial. This considered approach
to recalibrating the body clock after some significant disruption
is what inspired the wider philosophy behind circadian travel.
Et voilà! Circadian science is much more than a nap abroad with
a glass of warm milk. But is circadian travel for you?
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.
The UK's best sleep retreats