Beauty & Wellbeing

World Sleep Day 2021: How your spa can help guests to rest easy

By Mark Smith


By Mark Smith

19 March 2021

To mark World Sleep Day, European Spa takes a look at the rise of ‘coronosomnia’ – the rise of sleeplessness during the pandemic – and how spa and wellness operators can enhance their offering to treat this.

There has been a dramatic rise in sleep deprivation and insomnia around the world since the Covid-19 pandemic began in late 2019. According to a 2020 study by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI, 50% of the UK’s public reported an increase in sleep disturbance since the first lockdown, as well as accounts of feeling less rested due to worry-induced sleep anxiety.

This is a global phenomenon which is set to continue as government’s grapple with the ongoing pandemic. According to The Global Wellness Institute’s The Future of Wellness 2020 report, the sleep economy is expected to reach $585 billion [£451 billion/€498 billion] by 2024.

Like Lefay Resort & Spa in Italy and Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, which have introduced sleep-based wellness retreats, all wellness businesses can help to support their guest sleep hygiene with practical advice and the latest tech to improve slumber.

Here is a selection of the latest advances in the sleep market.

OTO CBD Sleep Drops


Developed to reduce the effects of anxiety, stress and pain – which are said to be the three main causes of sleep deprivation – OTO CBD Sleep Drops contains 10% CBD as well a complementary blend of botanicals to calm and soothe. Lavender and butterfly pea flower are blended with this tincture that features a refreshing taste of mint to be taken under the tongue after brushing teeth in the evening.

Lanserhof Sleep Spa Footpad

The Lanserhof Sleep Spa Footpad feature a harmonious combination of lavender, tourmaline, peppermint and other natural ingredients to promote a general sense of well-being. Applied to the soles of the feet overnight (for at least 8 hours) they promote a relaxed sleep by supporting an individual’s sleep rhythm.


Take a sauna


Thermal suites can help to boost health and vitality for spa guests, and recent studies point to the benefits for sleep. Sauna bathing has been linked with an improvement in sleep and it was cited as a popular motivation for sauna use for people in the 2019 Global Sauna Survey by Joy Hussain, Ronda Greaves and Marc Cohen.


When asked about their sleep quality, over 80% of respondents said that their sleep quality was significantly improved as a direct result of sauna use.


Jake Newport, managing director of Finnmark Sauna, explains: “It is widely believed that it’s due to whole-body cooling via sauna-induced peripheral vasodilation. This leads to a core body temperature reduction which has been found to have strong correlations with sleep onset. There’s also enhanced cardiovascular activity associated with sauna bathing which is believed to aid in the increase of perceived tiredness and contribute to such effects.”

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist

Deep Relax Sleep Mist is a hand-crafted blend including grounding vetivert, soothing chamomile and relaxing sandalwood pure essential oils to help fight daily fatigue. Used as part of a nighttime ritual before bed it is said to slow a racing mind and prepare the body and soul for undisturbed, restorative sleep.

Ōura Ring


Ōura Ring is a sleep and activity tracker that measures a range of physiological signals including heart rate, temperature and movement. The ring analyses all stages of sleep progression, including awake, light sleep, deep sleep, REM, via a small water-resistant ring worn on the finger. Data is linked to the user-friendly Ōura app, which offers daily feedback to improve sleep health habits.

Sea Magik Salted Magnesium Bath Flakes

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body and is said to improve sleep. Sea Magik’s pure magnesium flakes are rich in concentrated magnesium, promoting optimum skin health and total relaxation. Easily depleted under stress, boosting magnesium levels through the skin can help to conserve stocks within the body, for overall wellbeing and balance.

Temple Spa Silent Night Sleep Aid Kit


A collection of calming products to aid relaxation and induce sleep at home or when travelling. This collection of hero products will help to balance and soothe with Drift Away bath oil, Repose aromatherapy night cream, Aaahhh! Soothing balm, Quietude calming room spritz and eye mask and ear plugs to ensure a deep restful sleep.

Luna Eyes Self-Heating Sleep Masks

Infused with the dream-inducing and deep aromatherapy sleep scent of natural lavender, these masks have been designed to help people drift off naturally into a relaxing and restorative slumber. Each individual foil-wrapped eye mask holds its heat for approximately 25 minutes and includes 85-minutes of Crystal Sound Healing music and a guided meditation to enhance the pampering experience and help rebalance chakras.


Be calm...

For more information on the OTO collection, click below


Be inspired...

For more information on Lanserhof’s health programmes and wellness products, click below


Be well...

For more information on Finnmark Sauna and its range of thermal and spa experiences, click below


Be uplifted...

For more information on the wellbeing blends from Aromatherapy Associates, click below


Be connected...

For more information on the health and wellness applications for the Ōura Ring, click below


Be mineralised...

For more information on the range of wellbeing salt blends and spa services from Sea Magic, click below


Be soothed...

For the full range of spa products and services from Temple Spa, click below


Be warm...

For more information on the range of spa services from Sensory Retreats, click below


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