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Keeping calm under pressure

Business travellers can be the bread and butter for many hoteliers. How can you go the extra mile by ensuring that these guests, so essential to your business are getting the best night's sleep as well as the best facilities and service?

While many people brag about running on little sleep, a lack of sleep only results in mood swings, forgetfulness, lack of focus - there are many side effects of not getting enough sleep that can impact your guests work and behaviour.

Sleep is absolutely critical in restoring the cognitive functions workers need to solve problems effectively. Insight, pattern recognition and innovation are all hit hard by sleep deprivation.

Many corporate guests will be staying in hotels or apartments for most of the week, month of even year. As hoteliers and sleep experts we have a duty of care to ensure that they are having a great night’s sleep when they are staying under our roof.

58% of workers say they don’t get enough sleep at night and this is a figure we need to reduce together. In the corporate world there's a lot of stress, and coming home with a lot of stress -- but not knowing how to manage it -- can impact sleep and cause insomnia

Below Hypnos Contract Beds resident sleep expert, Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, offers her latest insights on keeping calm during these stressful times.

Please share the below insights from our resident sleep expert with your guests, helping them to get a great night’s sleep, thus giving the corporate guest a more positive experience whilst staying at your hotel or apartment!

Keeping calm under pressure

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So how do you keep calm during a time of stress, worry and anxiety? The key is practising mindfulness and learning new techniques that can help us to get a better quality of sleep to ensure we all remain connected and calm.

Sleep should be the most natural thing in the world but for many of us it can be hard to get a good night's rest when we’re worried and anxious about our performance at work or an important meeting.

It’s important to remember that getting enough sleep means we are more receptive to ideas, creative and retain more information, but we can also cope with stress much better.


Change your state of mind to help you sleep better

Getting enough sleep means that we are more receptive to ideas, creative and retain more information, but we can also cope with stress much better.

But all this means that as our lives and circumstances change, we may need to try new techniques to sleep well and to help us in supporting our loved ones. With this in mind, trying to carve out an extra 30 minutes of sleep or rest at night and in the morning can really help.

To do this I’ve created a meditation exclusively for Hypnos that can listen to below:


Try making time just before bed to listen to this in order to help your mind and body relax and drift off into a more peaceful and stress free slumber. Or if you’d prefer, listen to it in the morning upon waking to put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

Listening to something calming such as this on a daily basis will help it to become part of your mindful routine, instilling calmer emotions and aiding slumber.

In the moment, take a mindful pause

When things start to feel overwhelming and negative or stress-based thoughts start to creep into your head, take a moment to do a ‘mindful pause’.

To do this simply close your eyes and simply become aware of your posture and breathe deeply. What do you notice with your eyes shut? Perhaps the shapes and light patterns on the inside of your eyelids? Use this process to take yourself out of a busy mind and into a mode that lets you just be.

The act of doing this helps you to think about something else, something that’s not negative or anxiety inducing. It’s a nice and easy technique to use in a moment where you need a quick breather and to gain a fresh perspective.

Take 10 for zen

During especially busy times when we need to bring our A-game it’s important to make time for yourself. Do this by taking 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to meditate and practise some mindful breathing. You can either do this on your own or together as a family – there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Start by seating yourself somewhere comfortable. Loosely place your hands on the backs of your legs so that your palms are facing upwards to the sky. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out, in and out. Notice the pauses in your breath as you do so. Notice how it makes your body feel as you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. The sounds your body makes as you do so. Repeat this until your time is up or you feel more rested and tranquil.

This exercise is all about noticing the rhythm of your breathing patterns and in breathing deeply so that you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system to release calming hormones in to the body.

Name it to tame it

Whilst mindful techniques can help in combating stress, so too can positive thinking and psychology.

In times of intense pressure, humour can be a welcome step change and a great way of taking the fear out of a situation. So, if you’re going through an anxious time, try re-naming the feeling or period of stress with a human name, a comedy nickname or even an alter ego code word. It’s helpful to identify that this stress will pass and isn’t something to be feared. In fact, it can help us to grow and shape how we tackle things in the future.

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