Is a Vacation Really a Vacation if You Can’t Sleep?

Christine Schneider
4 min readJun 20, 2023
Mad Violette Cottage, upstairs

Is a vacation really a vacation if you can’t sleep?

As cult hottie Dr. Andrew Huberman said, high-quality sleep is critical, and is the foundation of mental health, cognitive health, and performance.

Have you ever had a vacation where you spent most of the night tossing and turning, trying to conform the pillow to what you are used to at home? Have you finally kicked off all the sheets because you can’t tell if they are just itchy sheets, or bed bug-filled sheets? Have you ever wished that you had actually just brought your pillow with you from home, because the hotel or short-term rental pillows are just not cutting it?

Whether you are hosting a short-term rental, equipping a guest bedroom, or just having trouble sleeping at home, a good pillow, comfortable sheets, and listening to Huberman’s podcast about sleep can make a big difference.

I’m one of the hosts of Mad Violette Cottage, located in the biophilic Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Serenbe is a community focused on wellbeing, farm fresh food, clean air, and intentionally beautiful and harmonious architecture. Our cottage is full of books and board games, and is minutes from two spas, a yoga studio, a pilates studio, and a juice store, with miles of hiking trails a minute’s walk from the house. But all of this is meaningless if our guests are not sleeping well.

We’ve been hosting for almost two years, and I want to share with you some of the things we do to ensure that our guests get a good night’s sleep.

1. Sound Soother Sanctuary. Serenbe is completely quiet at night. Some might say ominously so. Sometimes, the quiet is too much, and sound needs to be added back in for those used to sleeping with city sounds.

Yes, we have a ceiling fan in the main bedroom, and a portable smaller fan if targeted cool air is desired for focused cooling and soothing sound while in bed. We also have a metal roof, which is a nice auditory treat in the event it rains. We added a portable record player and some classical albums, an Alexa speaker in case a guest wants to stream Spotify, and this portable speaker, in case a guest needs sound to sleep but believes Alexa is spying on them. Finally, we…

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Christine Schneider

Atlanta, Georgia. Books, cocktails, theatre, art, writing, music, real estate, but not always in that order. Vice Chair of Board of Actor’s Express Theatre.