I went to an interesting evening at the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall earlier in the week. They were promoting “Artist in Residence”, now in it’s third year and is Corinthia London’s annual initiative to support emerging talent and the Arts. This year we watched two short films, both designed to complement their 2014 initiative “The Power of Sleep”.
“Sleep” itself seems to be another focus of the moment. Are we getting enough or too much? What should our pattern be? What should we do if we wake up? Count sheep? Drink warm milk? Do nothing? Neuroscientists are warning that sleep deprivation is affecting our health – particularly in those people who work hard, play hard. More than likely most of us are not getting enough sleep and we are not coping very well with the 24/7 culture.
Dr Guy Meadows, Director of The Sleep School and author of The Sleep Book was present as the key expert for the evening and we chatted to him about his theories. He runs workshops and courses in the art of sleep – interestingly it’s International sleep pattern day today and we should all really be finding ways of sleeping better. It’s important and we are meant to stick with a regular pattern and pay attention to our bodies requirements.
With a key trend being Mindfulness and sleep for 2014 this is an area that hotels are focusing on.
“How do people go to sleep? I’m afraid I have lost the knack” Dorothy Parker, is the first line in the introduction to The Sleep School’s Insomnia Cure. When you ask a good sleeper how they get to sleep, chances are they will have no specific secrets – just put their head on the pillow and away they go. Whereas if you ask an insomniac what they do to get to sleep they will give you a long detailed list of what they do during the day, how they wind down and what they do to get themselves back to sleep.
Dr Meadows argues that good sleep comes from doing nothing other than getting into bed and putting your head on the pillow. That is to say, don’t stress about the sleeping. Do nothing. They offer a five week programme that they believe can radically change you sleep without a struggle essentially by letting go. All very interesting indeed and thank you to the Corinthia Hotel for a fabulous evening