Breaking news – celebs take sleep to an extreme
From following the selfies of the Kardashian clan on Twitter to buying useless, overpriced products from Gwyneth Paltrow on Goop – America is obsessed with the lavish and chaotic lifestyles of the rich & famous.
We’re obsessed with a ridiculous celebrity gossip culture – who cares that Taylor Swift is with a new man or that Jennifer Aniston looks pregnant? We should talk about things that matter, like when Joe Perry collapsed on stage from exhaustion, or when Arianna Huffington hit her head from not sleeping, or that our potential president only sleeps 3 hours per night. Reviewing that list, can we learn anything from people in the public eye when it comes to our well-being and health? We can learn a lot. If we weren’t so obsessed with glamour and nonsense perhaps America wouldn’t be one of the most sleep-deprived countries.
Some celebs have taken on weird habits when it comes to hitting the hay and it’s time to DIY like the average Joe’s and Josie’s we are getting some much-needed sleep.
Eminem – the window “rapper”
The Real Slim Shady, aka rapper Eminem, demands complete darkness when getting shut-eye. He’s been known to seal the windows and doors of his bedroom with aluminum foil, omitting any light from shining through. A source told The Sun, “When Eminem is jumping time zones, this is his technique.”
What you can do – Watching Netflix before bed or checking Facebook will expose you to blue light, causing your brain to wake-up and be more alert. When the sun sets and our homes become darker, melatonin levels rise, making you sleepy. Instead of wasting your aluminum foil to fight the light try these natural tips to manage your environment:
Mariah Carey – the queen of sleeping in
Have you fantasized about being able to sleep for 15 hours a day? Grammy winner, Mariah Carey, spends an average of 15 hours sleeping every day – doesn’t she have twin babies? The diva claims she eats dinner at 2 am, goes to bed around 7 am and never wakes up before 5 pm – all for her ability to hit the high notes. Like Mariah says, “You do what you gotta do.”
What you can do – If you’re sleeping 10 or more hours on a regular basis or feel tired after sleeping that long, then you might suffer from excessive sleeping. This might work for super-songstress Mariah Carey, but excessive sleeping can have serious health risks such as depression, diabetes, and brain impairments. Try these tips to create a better sleep pattern:
Tom Cruise – the snoring room
Nothing is impossible if you’re Tom Cruise, especially if you have a snoring problem. The Top Gun star is just like 90 million other Americans who suffer from snoring, except the actor, who built a snoratoria. The $100,000, snoratoria is very small, dark and soundproof and allows all members of the Cruise household to get their beauty sleep without suffering though his snoring.
What you can do – Snoring is the sleep habit you might now know you have and could be interfering with your partner’s sleep and your health. You might be an-at-risk snorer if you’re a male, are overweight or feel tired during the day. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you eliminate (or at least manage) your snoring.
Michael Phelps – the bubble snoozer
After winning 18 gold medals at the Olympics (and going for 3 more in Rio this August), Michael Phelps must train in his sleep. No, he doesn’t swim in bed but he does enter his high-altitude contraption chamber. The chamber is set at 8,500 to 9,000 feet, aiding performance by forcing the body to work while resting. Phelps told 60 Minutes, “Once I’m already in my room I still have to open a door to get into my bed,” he said, laughing a bit. It’s like ‘boy and the bubble.”
What you can do – From pre-workouts to bodybuilding, fitness, and sports can become a path to a healthier way of life. Take everything that goes into planning a workout and put it towards your sleep routine. You might be a training athlete but you can train your body while getting your beauty rest.
Everyone has their own routine for sleep and there’s always room for improvement. No matter a movie star or an average Joe/Josie, we can share and learn from each other when it comes to snoozing.
Check out Ricky Gervais singing a celebrity lullaby to Elmo: