Travel & Sleep: Meet the World’s First Ever Sleep Influencer

Move over Travel & Leisure magazine, there’s a new kid in town, Travel & Sleep is his gig and by gig, we mean he’s the world’s first sleep influencer.

Meet Alex Shannon — better known as @FollowTheNap on Instagram — who found a gap in the market, and he’s been making himself comfortable there ever since. declared Shannon as the first-ever “sleep influencer” to amass a significant following on the internet. The 35-year-old jet sets around the world to sleep in some of the most luxurious hotel suites money can buy. 

Through his gorgeous, staged photos and tongue-in-cheek captions that “kind of poke fun at the whole influencer thing itself,” Shannon has amassed an Instagram following of over 51k. Follow his anything but sleepy adventures on Instagram @FollowTheNap

Here are three of our favorite posts from his feed and yes, they all and if you know, you know we picked the ones with arches in them. 


When it comes to East LA (DTLA aside) hotel options are pretty thin. Cara Hotel is everything a low-key Los Feliz hotel should be—elegantly earthy, minimalist yet warm, functional (the restaurant is fantastic), and comfortable.

Located just below Griffith Park, Cara Hotel feels like a friend’s airy home, which is on point given “cara” is Gaelic for friend and the owners are Irish. Rooms come with elevated amenities like Harry Josh hairdryers, silky Frette sheets and robes, plus minibars filled with locally made snacks. The hotel bar is by the small courtyard (reflective) pool, shaded by pretty olive trees with a wine list heavy on French bottles from Chateau La Coste.

Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant is a hit in the neighborhood—meaning that Los Feliz residents don’t want anyone else to know it’s there. Currently closed for in-room dining, the Cara-at-home menu speaks Los Angeles’s farm-to-table language with a nod to Irish favorites. Tuck into charcoal smoked roast chicken, heirloom carrots, and buttery colcannon (a mix of mashed potato, kale, and cabbage every Irish kid grew up eating).

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