Celebrities and Sleep
"Sleep is of the utmost importance to everyone. Whether you're a business owner, athlete, or celebrity, getting good sleep is the key to your success."
-Matt Potter, founder of Luxe Pillow
It’s true that sleep is the universal equalizer. Everyone feels more refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and no one can get by on poor sleep for too long. The need for sleep crosses all borders. Sometimes the rich and the famous among us may seem invincible, but they’re human and as prone to exhaustion as anyone else--in fact, maybe more so.
Celebrities make headlines for their skincare regimens and their diets, but the relationship between successful celebrities and sleep is often just as elaborate. When you need to perform your best, you need great quality sleep with a comfortable bed and sleep routine that fits you. No two people are going to be the same, but taking a closer look at the nighttime schedules of some of the most well-achieved people in the world might give you some inspiration to spruce up your own bedtime routine. Let’s look at how our favorite celebrities make sure they’re getting their best sleep.
Which Celebrities Take Sleep Seriously?
- Oprah Winfrey
- Jennifer Aniston
- Mariah Carey
- Kanye West
- Michael Phelps
- Stephen King
You’re probably already aware that it’s better to have a regular sleep cycle. Going to bed at roughly the same time and waking up at a consistent hour even on weekends helps your body build a healthy sleep cycle. You’ll fall asleep faster and sleep better if your body gets used to your individual bedtime. But there are plenty of other ways to establish even more consistency in your bedtime routine.
Oprah Winfrey told Harper’s Bazaar that a relaxing bath before bed is a must for her. And baths are a great option for relaxing before bed, though they’re not the only one. Enjoying a warm beverage or applying a soothing lotion can achieve the same effects. The important part is that your body gets used to your chosen activity being a signal for sleep. You’ll find it easier to fall asleep with a consistent routine because your body will be preparing for sleep before you even hit the sheets.
If you’re a time saver, then this pre-sleep routine can be combined with some other daily activity, like skin care. Many celebrities, like Jennifer Aniston, advocate for a routine that involves shutting off all electronics a good hour before bed. And indeed this routine is backed by some pretty solid reasoning. The nighttime patterns of celebrities vary about as much as they do with us ordinary folk. It might take some trial and error, but you just need to find what’s right for you.
Mind your room temperature
Most people have an ideal sleep temperature range somewhere in the ’60s. But some people take it a step further, including singing sensation Mariah Carey, who told V Magazine that she not only monitors her room temperature at night--she makes sure the humidity is turned way up as well. The celeb insists that this leads to better sleep for her and that she frequently clocks ten to fifteen hours of sleep a night. And she’s not the only one careful about the atmosphere of the bedroom. Olympic athlete Michael Phelps has his room rigged to simulate a higher altitude, including going so far as to sleep in an altitude chamber every night while he prepared for his Olympic races.
Your body induces sleep by lowering your base temperature, but temperature fluctuations while you sleep can wake you up and make getting back to sleep difficult. If you’re hoping to boost the success rates in your life, then finding your body’s ideal temperature and sticking with it can get your well on your way.
Noise can be another factor in the quality of your sleep, and some celebrities have gotten creative with it. Rapper Eminem reportedly plays white noise in the background to help himself get some shut-eye. And it’s a well-known trick to turn a fan on to ease insomnia associated with hearing problems like tinnitus.
Don’t skimp on supplies
A good pillow and a quality mattress can make a huge difference. Celebrities are known for making extravagant life purchases like clothes that cost more than most people's houses. And bedroom furniture is no exception to this. Savoir Beds are a common favorite among many celebrities, including Elton John, Kanye West, and Oprah Winfrey herself.
Pillows are the other piece of the puzzle necessary for a great night’s sleep. Besides a fine taste in quality, layered pillows, celebrities also have some strange pillow rituals. Stephen King has admitted in his book “Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King” that he can’t sleep unless his pillow is pointed in a specific direction. Now that’s dedication to your nighttime routine.
Of course, you can’t forget to try an inimitable LuxePillow. With multiple layers and the ability to regulate temperature, the LuxePillow is the best pillow for anyone looking to get superstar-caliber sleep.