the art of sleep

The statistics are astonishing:  Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder and an estimated 30 percent are losing sleep over the state of the economy.

(You guessed it – this week is National Sleep Awareness Week, timed to coincide with Sunday’s transition to Daylight Savings Time)

In the heart of noisy midtown Manhattan, however, The Benjamin hotel, has two novel solutions: Anya Orlanska, full-time Sleep Concierge, and a Perfect Night’s Sleep guarantee.  Orlanska offers advice on pillow selection  – choose from 12 different kinds – and other sleep-related issues. “We’re not doctors.  We don’t cure sleep disorders,” says Orlanska.  “But we’ll do everything we can to make sure you get the rest for the next New York day.”  And that includes arranging a relaxing massage at the hotel’s Wellness Spa; delivering a bedtime snack of warm milk and cookies; or loaning out a bedside white noise machine, so you can drift off to the sounds of the ocean surf.

The Benjamin’s sleep guarantee ensures that everyone who stays at the hotel walks away well rested or gets a free night’s stay. Aside from the pillow menu, there’s also The Benjamin Bed, a Serta mattress created exclusively for the hotel, with specially engineered convoluted foam cushioning and layers of fibers quilted to the mattress. The custom-designed bed is covered with Egyptian cotton 400-plus thread count sheets by Anichini and a down-filled comforter. Elemis aromatherapy bath products were chosen to help you relax and prepare for bed.  And in case you’re worried about the noise, the windows are double-glazed with argon gas between the panes to help keep rooms nice and quiet.

Launching during National Sleep Awareness Week, natch, The Benjamin’s two-night “The Art of Sleep” package, starts at $289 per night and is valid through the end of the year.  It features suite accommodations; a consultation with the Sleep Concierge; a nightly bedtime snack of PB&J finger sandwiches; 20 percent off a sleep inducing spa treatment at the Benjamin’s Wellness Spa; and late 2 p.m. checkout. In addition, you’ll get  The National Sleep Foundation’s “Guide to Sleeping Well” kit featuring an eye mask, lavender bath salts, a soothing CD and copy of A Good Night’s Sleep.  Be on the lookout for the randomly placed Benjamin Dream Journals, too. Placed in various guestrooms and suites, the leather bound journals are for anyone wishing to share their dreams.  But beware:  depending on the psychosis of previous night’s residents this might either send you to bed or keep you up all night.

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