In a bid to help guests have the best night’s sleep possible, UK hotel Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has created a new library filled with books that are proven to help people fall asleep.
See the hotel library curated just to help guests nod off to sleep
We all have our moments when nodding off doesn’t come easily – especially when we’re in unfamiliar surroundings and/or on another time zone. Which is exactly why the Park Lane edition of the Sheraton Grand hotel has created a library for its guests to use that is filled only with books that possess sleep-inducing powers.
Aiming to ensure its guests get the best rest, the hotel teamed up with Sleep Expert and Chartered Psychologist David Lewis as well as the oldest bookseller in London, Hatchards, on the project. Between them, they conjured a library that is filled with 30 different fiction and non-fiction titles (with more than one copy of each title, naturally) that have been scientifically selected to help people unwind and switch off.
A set of guidelines that the titles selected must follow in order to induce drowsiness was created by the team of experts. These included the use of short sentences that are easy to digest and chapters with strong conclusions satisfying the brain’s desire for ‘completeness’ allowing it to shut off. Books included in the ZZZ-list library were also categorised into age brackets such as Generation Z, Millennial and Generation X.
Explaining the project, Dr Lewis said: “A leading theory suggests that sleep may provide the brain with an opportunity to ‘rebalance’ itself. Falling asleep in a bed that isn’t your own can be difficult and the ever-growing use of smartphones and tablet computers during evening hours can cause sleep disturbances – meaning those staying in a hotel can sometimes find it harder to get to sleep.”
While General Manager at the hotel, Justin Pinchbeck, said: “Adding ZZZ-list access to our Club Room offering was a natural step for us to elevate the hotel experience for our guests. We are also lucky enough to have a number of international guests, so it was really important for us that the ZZZ-list included stories relevant to all cultures.”
The project comes out of the research that founds that one of the biggest challenges travellers face is falling asleep in an unfamiliar bed – despite all those fluffy hotel pillows and tightly tucked sheets.