How to Fall Asleep if You’re Away From Home

A top hotel in New York City shows its guests how to fall asleep during their stay

One of New York City’s finest boutique hotels is helping its guests fall soundly asleep and showing them how to fall asleep during their stays at their elegant Chelsea venue.

Kimpton Hotel Eventi has partnered with a professional sleep consultant and is offering guests a bespoke sleep package which promises the soundest of sleeps during a visit.

The hotel’s ‘Sleep Soundly in the City Package‘ is a collaboration with Dr Janet Kennedy, PhD and helps to combat jet lag as well as managing any sleeping challenges that guests may have whilst traveling-  such as using unfamiliar pillows.

Sleep consultant Dr Janet Kennedy PhD

The Sleep Soundly in the City Package includes:

  • Choice of one of the hotel’s suites or guestrooms
  • Tips to get a good night’s sleep from Dr Kennedy
  • Discounted private sleep consultancy session
  • Foam or feather pillows
  • Sound machine
  • Lavender-scented room spray
  • Eye mask
  • Bathrobe with exotic animal print trim
  • Yoga mat
  • Paraben, gluten and silicone-free Atelier Bloem bath products

The Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group is known for providing a highly customized service to guests at its accommodation venues across the United States.

From its beginnings as the first boutique hotel group in the country, Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group venues can now be found in 33 cities. In New York City there are two further venues in Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District.

Kimpton Hotel Eventi in New York City is billed as an ‘artistic Chelsea hotel’ which befits the local area and is set across an entire block.

This modern skyrise has a comfortable interior with an interesting lobby which looks and feels like a living room.

The lobby at Hotel Eventi in New York City

The 292 airy and inviting guest rooms have floor to ceiling windows and are styled in a neutral, easy on the eye palette with warm splashes of color. Each room has comfortable bedding and calming rain showers.

Several residential-style suites have a Jacuzzi, large private balcony, a sleeper sofa, separate parlor and living area.

The Live Suite has pool table.

The living area of a suite at Eventi Hotel in New York City

As well as catering well to the business traveler via the hotel group’s Kimpton Global Business Program, Kimpton Hotel Eventi has a dedicated Business Bar with laptops, chargers, headphones and portable speakers which can be loaned from the front desk.

The front desk at Eventi Hotel in New York City

Dr Janet Kennedy’s Sleeping Tips:

  • Wait until you are sleepy:  Trying to sleep when your body is not ready is likely to prolong the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. When you want to sleep but your body isn’t ready you will get frustrated. Frustration triggers the body’s “fight or flight” response, giving you a jolt of adrenaline. Adrenaline will keep you awake.
  • Get up if you haven’t fallen asleep after 20 minutes: Tossing and turning leads to frustration, which leads to wakefulness. Do something to distract your mind: reading, breathing exercises, crossword puzzles, coloring books, even watching mindless television. Do this until you feel very sleepy and then go back to bed.
  • Unwind before bedtime: Don’t expect to dive right into bed at the end of a long and busy day. Your body and mind need a chance to relax and settle down. The time spent to transition before bed is well spent. You are likely to get more and better sleep than if you go to bed before you are ready.
  • Skip having a nightcap: Alcohol is calming and will make you sleepy, but it compromises sleep quality by altering the amount of time spent in deep sleep and REM (dreaming) sleep. It also leads to more night waking and bathroom trips. It’s not necessary to abstain completely, but it’s best to avoid going to bed tipsy.
  • Don’t snooze after the alarm goes off: Set your alarm for the time when you have to get up. Then get up when your alarm goes off the first time. Snoozing the alarm allows you to doze, but that type of sleep leaves you groggier when you do finally get out of bed. Sleeping late can also make it harder to fall asleep the next night. If you really don’t need to get up until 8AM, don’t set your alarm for 7AM and snooze for the hour.     ·
  • And remember, fatigue isn’t ruinous: Everyone has rough nights here and there, even under perfect conditions. It can be challenging to fall sleep away from home, but do your best to get reasonably good sleep. If your sleep isn’t cooperating don’t panic. Telling yourself that you must sleep to be able to function just makes you anxious and frustrated. The more anxious and frustrated you are, the more you will struggle with sleep. You might not be perfect after a rough night, but you might not be perfect even if you sleep beautifully. You can survive on a night – or a few nights – of poor sleep. You can be tired and still get your work done or enjoy sightseeing. Once you get engaged in what you are doing, you won’t struggle to get through the day. Fatigue is a great sleep aid to get you back on track the next night.

Dr Kennedy’s Bedtime Formula:

A. How many hours of sleep do you average at home?
B. Add 30 minutes to A
C. What time do you plan to get up in the morning?
D. Subtract B from C to find your earliest bedtime

A residential suite Hotel Eventi in New York City

Photography courtesy of Kimpton Hotel Eventi