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Lisa Hedley, Founder and Creative Director, Mayflower Inn & Spa
Sleep—we’ve always focused on it. We knew we wanted that. We’ve had programming all along and I’ve been looking on ways to enhance it. I think there are many more spas out there, and there are many more interested in creating long-term benefits from guests. People are looking for areas that are of interest to their guests. The research that has come out that is reaching a fevered pitch now suggests that many of the areas that people feel stress can be made better by sleeping better. We are chronic insomniacs. We are plugged into BlackBerries, electronic equipment, TV, and those things increase a series of bad habits that prevent people from sleeping well and for the amount that they need.
We are getting people to look at their lives and nutrition and habits and the way they stress during the day, and help teach them how to manage that so they start to wind down in the afternoon. If you’re going to drink coffee, do it in the morning and not past 2pm. That is true for a lot of things. If you are doing anxiety-based work, do it during the morning hours.
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