It is World Sleep Day on Friday 15th March so I thought a piece about sleep would be appropriate from a hotel that prides itself on delivering a good night’s sleep, which is, all too often, so underrated.
If you’ve ever stayed at our Brecon hotel then you know what a peaceful night’s sleep feels like. But if you’re struggling to get your full quota, don’t be fooled by what you might hear – a lot of sleep does not equate to true rest. Experts consistently preach the benefits of a good sleep. Health, Environment, Attitude and Lifestyle all need to be considered. In this blog, we will be offering some of our own tips to ensure you have a good night’s sleep.
Sleep has been shown to protect the immune system, but how much time we all need to spend sleeping is different; it is recommended that a healthy adult should sleep between seven and nine hours a night. Accumulating these hours will mean that you awake refreshed, having been allowed your brain to process all the information from the previous day.
This is your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, mastering your unique circadian rhythm is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. Continuity for when you go to bed and rise will set your internal clock and it will ensure that you have true quality sleep. We all want to wake up without an alarm and full of energy. It is possible! Light exposure can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle but if your melatonin is disturbed then your circadian rhythm can suffer. Remember – more melatonin is produced in the dark, less in the light, so allow bright sunlight to wake you up in the morning and keep your room dark and cool at night.
The aforementioned final tip can be one of the most important and one that the hotel has the most influence over. To begin with we don’t buy hotel contract beds, we buy top quality Vi-Spring Elite divans and mattresses, handmade with all natural fillings. These we get from Webbs of Crickhowell. We invest in luxurious White Company linen, laundered in-house so we can ensure freshness and quality. This is topped with a goose down duvet.
And the crowning glory of a luxury bed, luxury pillows. Our pillows are the, ‘Heritage Lucy Goosedown’ pillow from Mitre Linen, based just over the hill from Gliffaes in Merthyr Tydfil. We think these pillows make a huge difference to a good night’s sleep compared to unforgiving foam pillows often found in hotels.
You could win a pair of Lucy Pillows in our Sleep Awareness Day Giveaway. In conjunction with Mitre Linen we’re giving one of our lucky newsletter subscribers a pair of Heritage Lucy Goosedown Pillows. If you want to be in with a chance to win please make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter.
We hope these tips have been helpful – a good night’s sleep is guaranteed at our Brecon hotel. To experience a stay at Gliffaes book online today.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.