We live in an “always-on” society and the majority of people globally are sleep deprived to some extent. In my opinion it has to do with technology: the fact that we are working more hours, trying to look after our homes, development, health, partners, families and children. We are working across multiple time zones, have hours of exposure to unnatural light levels and spend too much time on tech.
I have worked with many personalities across the world and have found that sleep in our profession is both underrated and often disrupted in some way, be it minor, short term or serious.
That being said, Westin Doha, Qatar’s serene downtown sanctuary, and yes, one of our all-time favorite hotels is celebrating the magic of sleep, and just because they have HEAVENLY BEDS. Absolutely heavenly.
So you will sleep when you are dead? Well, if you don’t sleep well, you will be dead sooner! Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, increased cortisol (stress hormone), depression, makes you more susceptible to flu and reduces your resilience to name but a few side effects. We all need to ask ourselves if the risk factors are worth it in the end. So step back, come celebrate with us. Sleep is powerful, more than you know.
We took part in the celebration, and let me just say that the beds at Westin Doha did not disappoint. So go ahead, spoil yourself. STAY IN BED, reward yourself today.
Scientist (and wizards back in the days) have still not found one conclusive answer as to why we sleep, but generally it is accepted that sleep is a period for the body to repair, dream, visualize, detox and recover. For the brain it is even more complex. It has been proven that we cement memories and make sense of our experiences and process what happened during the day. All this is beneficial for your cognitive functioning, reasoning skills and concentration. Hence the term ”Sleep on it”.
We encourage you, and everyone else reading, value your sleep! Come celebrate ‘Sleep Month’ with us at the Westin.