Getting a good night's rest is as elusive as hailing a cab in the rain—just when you need it most, it's an impossibility. The worst part is that sometimes our lack of shut-eye is voluntary (we blame Netflix's autoplay feature—might as well stay up and watch another one, right?). A sleepless hangover the next day surely isn't worth rewatching a Gilmore Girls season for the umpteenth time, which is why establishing a sleep routine is so crucial.
We've turned to hypnotists and sleep experts to glean their tried-and-true tips for falling into a deep slumber. However, while their line of work calls for them to be fluent in sleep, there's another, less conventional group we find ourselves reaping massively fascinating sleep tips from. The group in question? Celebrities. They have crazy and fleeting schedules, after all, so if anyone knows the importance of sleep and ensuring they actually get enough of it, it's them. From Mariah Carey's steam room/bedroom to Mindy Kaling's unorthodox pre-pillow cocktail, keep scrolling for the most interesting sleep habits of the rich and famous.
The model credits this pricey silk pillowcase as "the most crucial step of [her] night time routine." Her reasoning is that because sleep is so reparative, it's important to have the best conditions so that your skin can do its thing without being hindered by outside factors. Silk pillowcases don't crush your skin or absorb products and bacteria like cotton does; they even keep your hair intact too (less frizz and muss).
The Elusive Chanteuse needs to keep her vocal cords smooth and velvety, so she'll lay out 20 (count 'em, 2-0) humidifiers around her bed at night. If you think that's a recipe for mildew, Carey's 10 steps ahead of you: She's got a bedroom that doubles as a steam room with pitched ceilings so that the condensation can drip down without affecting the songstress. Would you expect anything less?
Michele told us in an exclusive interview that sipping hot tea with lemon before bedtime is a necessary ritual. She also loves doing a presnooze soak with Shiffa's Basil and Rosemary Body Scrub ($91). While this may not seem that off-kilter, it's the time of night she settles in that's interesting: Instead of staying out late, Michele prefers what she calls an "early-bird special" and starts her nightly routine at 8 p.m. "Sleep is the number one thing," she assures us.
While initially a skeptic, DeGeneres closes her eyes and hones in on her personal goals with transcendental meditation. What this involves is about 15 to 20 minutes of repeating a mantra with your eyes closed while relaxing and easing anxiety. Jen Aniston is also a fan of the technique, and we can understand why—affirming your self-worth in a quiet, calming state sounds like the perfect way to fall asleep.
The actress says that the recipe for perfect rest is "eight or nine hours [of sleep] after having, like, two Moscow Mules—that's my feeling of happiness," she tells People. Alcohol isn't exactly a catalyst for beauty sleep (in fact, we'd argue against this trick), but Kaling nonetheless finds solace in the copper cup before hitting the pillow.
Paltrow is a self-proclaimed sleepaholic, telling us that "In a typical day, I most look forward to going to bed, and I least look forward to waking up." Without skipping a night, GP soaks in an Epsom salt bath and sips violet water, insisting that it "clears bad energy."
The model spills the contents of her busy mind onto a notepad before bed as a cleansing ritual. "I like to have a notepad next to my bed to jot down any ideas I've had during the day that could keep me awake at night," she tells Well + Good. "Sometimes I use it to write a to-do list. Did you know that, historically, it was common to wake in the night and write down your dreams or whisper them to your partner in bed? Sleep was valued more. I hope we shift back to that way of thinking again."
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