How to Get Better Sleep Like the Rich and Famous
Celebrities have amazing lives. The glitz. The glamour. But between filming TV shows and movies, promoting their latest cook book or some other product and keeping that picture perfect body (that’s a lot of work, you know), it’s amazing that celebrities have any time for sleep. Trust me. They get it. In fact, they get better sleep. How? Fortunately for them, they have the means to do what they always do when they need help…they hire someone. Lucky for you, we’ve got 5 amazing sleep tips from Oprah Winfrey’s “sleep doctor.” And the best part of all, they’re free. So sit back, relax, read on and get ready for better sleep.
People spend money on beauty potions, but a good night’s rest makes all the difference.” -Christina Aguilera
Psychologist and “sleep doctor” Michael Breus has helped numerous celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington, get better sleep. He advises that 7.5 hours is the ideal amount of sleep for us to get each night. The risk of not getting enough sleep can include increased chances of stroke, heart disease and stress on your body.
Dr. Breus explains that we need to form better habits with regards to our sleep. “The secret to sleep is to pay attention to what you’re doing in those precious hours before bedtime,” he says. Along with the usual sleep tips we’ve all heard, he has 5 unique tips designed to help you develop a better sleep routine.
5 Celebrity-Approved Tips for Better Sleep
Use a stopwatch
Breus recommends that we set a 1-hour routine before we plan on going to bed. The first 20-minutes is spent wrapping up the day’s last few to-do’s. The next 20-minutes, we take care of our normal nighttime duties, such as brushing our teeth, showing, etc. The last 20-minutes we spend relaxing our bodies, preparing for sleep. During this time you may stretch, do yoga, pray or meditate. Playing CandyCrush or checking Facebook is not relaxing. In fact, put the phone away before you even start this routine. Dr. Breus suggests using a stopwatch, so you know when each 20-minute segment is up.
Forget counting sheep. Dr. Breus suggests counting down from 300 in increments of 3. So 300, 297, 294, 291, 288, 285…you get the idea. “It’s so complicated that you can’t think of anything else.” He adds, “It’s so boring that you’re out like a light.”
Nap with coffee
We all have those days where we just can’t seem to stay awake. Dr. Breus suggests drinking a cup of cold, black coffee right before taking a nap. Be sure to limit your nap to 30-minutes or less. Breus explains that the caffeine in the coffee blocks the chemicals which make you feel tired. After your nap, you’ll to feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
‘Brew’ banana tea
Having trouble getting to sleep? Here’s an alternative to chamomile tea. Dr. Breus says to cut a banana in half. Place it in a cup of boiling water. Yep, keep the peel on. Let it steep for 4-minutes. You’ll have a tasty cup of tea, loaded with magnesium, helping you to finally get to sleep.
Each morning, you should get outside for at least 15 minutes. Dr. Breus explains that this helps when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Sunlight stops the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes us feel sleepy. So by getting outside, we can reset our circadian rhythm and get better rest at night.
Sleep – We All Need It.
While these unique tips work for some, they may not work for you. Getting better sleep is all about finding tips that fit your lifestyle. It could be as simple as changing your mattress or trying out a new pillow. Let’s face it…it’s not just celebrities that are busy. Between work, family, friends and everything else you have going on, you’re a rockstar in our book. So here’s to you not just getting some much needed sleep, but getting better sleep.