Sleep Vacations for Parents are the Best Idea Ever

Health Check 10

sleeping coupleWhen our second daughter was born nearly five years after our first, my husband and I were mentally prepared for months of sleep deprivation. Our firstborn had been colicky, and didn’t sleep through the night for nearly a year.

There was a large age gap for a reason, people.

One night, when our baby daughter was four weeks old, we both woke in a panic in the wee hours of the morning, having slept through the night. We jumped out of bed to the cradle in the corner, hearts in our throats -- and there she lay, sleeping peacefully. Confused, we looked at each other and one of us said, “Maybe she’s our consolation prize.”

Granted, we’ve had many sleepless nights for one reason or another with both children, and I’ve never met a parent of young children that claims to get enough sleep. If they do, they’re probably lying … or Gwyneth Paltrow, but that’s a rant for another day.

Even during spells when our kids are sleeping, we tend to fall into insomniac patterns. Sometimes it’s because we’re on edge for that cry we know is just around the corner, sometimes we just want to enjoy some me-time before finally crashing, and sometimes it’s, “One sheep, two sheep, cow, turtle, duck, Old McDonald had a farm, HEEY Macarena!

Sleep deprivation among parents has become such a phenomenon that Sleep Vacations has become a thing. A five-star resort in Europe is offering a ‘Week of Sleep for Exhausted Parents’ package, claiming to “restore balance to frazzled parents by providing the right conditions for healthy sleep.”  

While staying at the beachfront, boutique hotel, you’ll be fed meals full of tryptophan (that sleepy amino acid found in turkey that’s responsible for many a Thanksgiving day nap), participate in relaxing yoga sessions, and be massaged into snooze-ville. Most importantly, you’ll work with psychologists who will teach you tips and tricks for relaxing at home, so that you can fall into sleep, sweet sleep, even after you arrive back home.

Unfortunately, the staff at Hotel Sleepy won’t accompany you home to get up with your hungry baby, cranky toddler, or sick kiddo at 2A.M. But hopefully you’ll be rested enough that it won’t be as big a deal as it was before.

Does a sleep vacation sound like heaven to you? 


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puasa... puasaurusrex

My husband and I already do something similar. Every now and then, maybe one night every couple of months, when he's home, we take the kids (3 and 2) to his parents for a sleepover early in the day and don't pick them up until the next afternoon. We sleep, have dinner peacefully, watch movies, play video games, sleep more. And more. And more. In a 36 hour period, we easily sleep about 15 or more hours depending.

we2an... we2angels

If I could get someone to take on the kids for a week I'd be there! It should come standard with all newborns

kelti... kelticmom

Oh my lord, where do I sign up? Between my.hubby being deployed and my 14 hour shifts in the ER, I need this!

jalaz77 jalaz77

OMG yes!!! I would in a heart beat. So long as I was done breastfeeding cause this lady doesn't want to pump in the middle of the night!! I got goosebumps thinking of this dream that will NEVER happen! Hahahehe. Fun to dream though.

wamom223 wamom223

Can I just say thank God for grandparents so I don't have to be able to afford to fly to Europe.  Only problem is I have a diabetic dog that has to get his shot at 8 a.m. no matter what and that is the kind of thing you need to be awake for.  I think this is a great idea, especially since they give tips on how to relax and get healthy sleep at home.  Not all parents are as lucky as we are to live near their parents or have parents who are willing to take your kids so you can catch up on sleep so I hope this idea spreads to the states.  I will admit even though I still have to wake up early the nights my son is gone I sleep deeper and wake up feeling more rested, and I know many women that could benefit from that kind of deep sleep.

Tracey Plummer

Oh, wow, this makes me feel so lucky, because I am the only person I know with a baby who slept through the night....starting when she was three and a half weeks old. She's never changed either, that kid loves her sleep! The only time she keeps me awake at night is when she is sick. It's crazy, because I waited a bit later in life to have her, and I was all prepared for the sleeplessness and exhaustion, but instead I got a kid who loves to snuggle up and go to sleep, while all my friends are exhausted. I even took her to the doctor to see if something was wrong with her when she was a baby and he laughed and told me to just enjoy it. The only thing that keeps me up is the whole...One sheep, two sheep, cow, turtle, duck, Old McDonald had a farm, HEEY Macarena! thing. LOL!

mindy... mindyjane283

I so wanna go.  Teething babym night working hubby, day working roommate that I have to take to and from work. cleaning the house up after everyone, taking online classes and trying to do the mystery shop thing to earn some extra cash Im dead all the time, so tired.  Baby wakes up when Daddy gets home, wakes up around 3am then 7-9 and we are up and usually I feel like I have no sleep in me, Ive suffered with insomnia for years, and have a hard time falling asleep too.  I try to convince my daughter into naps with me on the couch and they sometimes work other times not so much. but this would be heaven....

storm... stormystar15

If I could afford it and had someone to watch my two boys I would do be there even though my youngest is almost 2 I still don't sleep like I did before kids.

MomLi... MomLily67

Mine  is 7 yo  and seems to have started a pattern of being waken at 2 or 3 a.m. with bad dreams, needs to go the bathroom, or just want to come sleep with us, growing pains maybe?

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