SCI­ENCE OF SLEEP

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has been known for its be­spoke Ayurvedic re­treat. The bou­tique well­ness re­treat in Ubud pro­vides a heal­ing sanc­tu­ary for those who wish to em­bark on three, five or seven days of re­treat. In one of its spa­cious 42 rooms, one can rest, re­lax and un­plug. Why Ayurveda?

“Ayurveda is an an­cient heal­ing sys­tem that dates back 5,000 years, tak­ing into ac­count our body, emo­tion, and spirit. It fo­cuses on three dif­fer­ent en­er­gies that we have: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These three en­er­gies are known as doshas and we all have vary­ing pro­por­tions of each one. Our doshas can fall in and out of bal­ance, af­fected by the en­vi­ron­ment we live in, the foods we eat, and time of the year. When our doshas are out of bal­ance, we see the im­pact in our health, our mood, and our over­all well-be­ing,” ex­plains Kadek Ad­nyani, the cor­po­rate spa man­ager of Adi­wana Ho­tels & Re­sorts. Af­ter de­ter­min­ing the doshas through a well­ness con­sul­ta­tion, a pro­gramme would be tai­lored ac­cord­ing to one’s need. There are daily yoga prac­tices, spa treat­ments at Te­jas Spa and nour­ish­ing daily nosh from Herb Li­brary, the re­sort’s on-site restau­rant to be ex­pe­ri­enced.

There is no bet­ter time to ob­serve Ayurvedic Di­nacharya (daily rou­tine) than now. “Good habits that add health to your years and pre­vent ill­ness in­cludes wak­ing up early in the morn­ing, brush­ing your teeth, scrap­ing your tongue, rins­ing your mouth, and drink­ing hot or warm wa­ter. Also, eat three bal­anced meals at the same time ev­ery day. Lunch should be the heav­i­est meal and dinner the light­est, three hours be­fore bed­time. Daily mod­er­ate ex­er­cise is a must, as is med­i­ta­tion. Aid your agni (di­ges­tive fire) with herbal tea made of gin­ger, mint, cin­na­mon and car­damom tea; as well as reg­u­lar chai made with tulsi (holy basil).” ad­vises Ad­nyani.

If there is one re­sort that has per­fected the art of get­ting a good night’s sleep, it would be The Westin Re­sort & Spa Ubud, Bali. Im­prov­ing the qual­ity of one’s slum­ber ben­e­fits the body. It has proven to lower the blood pres­sure, main­tain blood cir­cu­la­tion, in­crease im­mune sys­tem, re­duce the chance of type 2 di­a­betes, lower the level of in­flam­ma­tion in the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem, and re­duce stress.

Sit­u­ated in the ver­dant hills of Lod­tun­duh, the re­sort of­fers an es­cape to re­fresh one’s mind dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time. Take a dip in the vast in­fin­ity pool, and choose from the myr­iad well­ness pro­grammes cu­rated by Ni Nen­gah Su­siani, the spa & ac­tiv­ity man­ager. “As a brand, Westin has ac­tively pro­moted and cel­e­brated the bed­time call since 2016. We en­cour­age our guests on a daily ba­sis to en­joy their eight hours of sleep on our Heav­enly® Bed, and we pro­vide ameni­ties such as the Laven­der Balm by the bed and Westin Sleep Well Menu snacks that pro­mote rest and re­cov­ery,” ex­plains Su­siani.

As a Well­ness Concierge, she also ad­vises guests to take part in the Move Well pro­gramme. Guests can take light evening walks at the sur­round­ing rice field as a way to wind down be­fore bed. The re­sort is also equipped with a 24-hour The Westin WORK­OUT® fit­ness cen­tre and a team of Run Concierge to ac­com­pany guests while they run along a pic­turesque five-kilo­me­tre trail. End the night on the Heav­enly® Bed with its crisp, white, 250-thread-count sheet as well as plush pil­lows.

Hav­ing worked with sev­eral sleep ex­perts over the years, there are sev­eral top sleep tips that one can repli­cate at home: set the room at 19 de­grees Cel­sius, close black­out cur­tains and any win­dow cov­er­ings, cover am­bi­ent light sources like alarm clocks or TV lights, have a pro­tein-rich snack be­fore bed­time and warm herbal teas such as chamomile or pas­sion­flower and honey, and last but not least, have a light ex­er­cise in the evening such as a walk, or a yoga and med­i­ta­tion ses­sion.

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