Surprising sleep habits of the world’s biggest celebs

Celebrities lead glamorous and often hectic lives – flying across the globe on a whim, attending galas and partying all night. In this blog post, we look at how their lifestyle impacts their sleep habits.

Doctors suggest that every adult should have eight to 10 hours of sleep to function properly during the day. The lack of sleep and rest often lead to problems like health issues, depression, anxiety and headache.

Medication prescription and insomnia have been involved in celebrity deaths, reminding us of the dangers of sleep deprivation if not treated responsibly.

Even if you’re the average Jane or Joe, it’s not uncommon if you find it difficult winding down before sleeping – staying awake worrying about the responsibilities at work the next day.  

We’ve put together a list of famous celebrities, who have spoken out about their unique sleep habits and what you can learn from each of them.

1. Mariah Carey

The infamous Mariah Carey is an American singer, writer, actress and also a mother. She has received numerous awards throughout her career as a performer. Her dedication and positive attitude are what made her successful as an entertainer and admired by many.  

Mariah Carey claims that to maintain her beautiful voice she has to sleep 15 hours every night. That’s more than half the day! She keeps at least 20 humidifiers running when she sleeps to ease her throat and keep her voice in tune.

If you want to emulate Mariah Carey’s success story, now you know her key secret. Get enough sleep and be aware of the moisture inside your bedroom – it elevates mood and transitions your body and mind into relaxation.

2. Renee Zellweger

We all know Bridget Jones, the neurotic and hilarious young lady who frequently second guess her life decisions. The character is played by the well-known actress Renee Zellweger – one of the highest-paid actresses in America.

To be at the peak of her success, there’s a price to pay. She says that because of her long work hours and travel to different time zones, she finds it hard to keep her regular sleeping hours. To cope with the issue, she enjoys working out at the gym six times a week to stay happy.

Chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by The People magazine, Renee Zellweger believes that true beauty is leading a simple life.

3. Kim Catrall

Best known for her role as sassy Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, 60-year-old Kim Catrall says she has is struggled with a sleep disorder. The actress sought medical advice and was later diagnosed with insomnia.

She claims her insomnia led her to withdraw out of a leading role in the Royal Court Theater’s production. She found it difficult to memorise scripts, feeling tired and having mood swings during rehearsals.

Although she felt terrible letting down her fans, her instincts told her she needed to prioritise taking care of herself.

Doctors suggested medications, but she refused and went a different direction. She opted for sleep therapy and re-learned how to relax.

To this day, Catrall occasionally struggles with insomnia; however, she values her time and continues to evaluate her priorities.

4. Jennifer Lopez

Some stars make it a priority to get sufficient amounts of sleep. Jennifer Lopez swears by eight to ten hours of sleep every night. It’s one of her daily beauty routines.

She makes sure her sleeping environment is peaceful, and her mattress provides the best comfort. (How does your mattress impact your sleep habits? You don’t have to be a millionaire to sleep well – browse the Sealy website to find out more about our Sealy sleep solutions designed to support your lifestyle.)

To keep up appearances, she believes a good night’s rest is equally important as drinking water and using a good brand of facial cleanser. She also exercises regularly, practices clean eating habits and spends 15 minutes meditating before going to bed to help her relax her body and mind.

5. Geoge Clooney

The suave actor George Clooney has admitted to suffering from insomnia. He finds it hard to sleep the full hours most nights; as he usually wakes up a couple of times. As a result, he has severe headaches from time to time.

He also suffers from pain as a result of a spinal cord leak he had in 2005. The trauma was intense and led him feeling despaired and lonely.

He then practiced Bikram Yoga as his basic workout plan. This workout helped alleviate his muscle and spine-related problems and improved his sleeping habits.

His diet plan includes healthy and nutritious fare – vegetable and fish and reducing caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

As you can see, celebrities struggle with sleep, just like the rest of us. This often leads to multiple health issues. So take steps and ensure that you address your personal sleep requirements and get the best quality sleep you can.

Desperately want better sleep? Here is what you may be doing wrong

A wise person once said, “Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” And we can’t agree more.

The repercussions of a sleep deficit are not just limited to ineffective planning and slower responses but go as far as disrupting the ability to form memories. People who either get less than the recommended amount of sleep during nighttime or struggle to get any shut-eye at all are not only good candidates for a host of health problems such as heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, and depression but also face a hard time in their relationships and perform badly in focus-driven tasks like driving. 

Scary, right?

A study conducted by American and British researchers on insomnia reveals that your genetics may be blamed for why you toss and turn in desperation each night. However, there are certain habits that induce a less-than-optimum quality of sleep as well. Some of the habits below might be keeping you from getting that all-important shut eye: 

Habit #1

Do you find yourself craving and ultimately succumbing to a caffeine surge later in the day?Stop in your tracks!

It’s not groundbreaking news that caffeine consumption is linked to insomnia. Did you know that it takes anywhere between 8 to 10 hours to break down just half the amount of caffeine in your system and that this process slows down as we age? 

Side note: drinking more than four cupsof your favorite brew in a day will steal your sleep away!

Is that 4 pm espresso still on schedule?

Habit #2

While we humbly acknowledge that technology took us to unimaginable places, regrettably, it also robbed us of some of the greatest pleasures of life, including slumber.No matter how many times you’ve heard this before, we shamelessly reiterate this again: TURN OFF all the screens around you when the clock suggests its bed time. Period.

‘Internet Addiction (IA)’ is one of the biggest reasons that keeps us glued to our screens all day long and even during night time. A study conducted on Korean adults found that individuals with IA have a tough time maintaining sound sleep as well as getting to sleep in the first place and are more prone to suicide. Need more reasons to ditch Instagram and Twitter in the pm?

Habit #3

Are you sleeping on the wrong mattress?

As simple as it may seem, this might be a problem from which all your sleep issues emanate. Common sense dictates that comfortable bedding is needed for getting that envious sleep which equips you to face the day ahead, but there is more to it than just that. According to Arya Nick Shamie (MD), who is an associate professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress you sleeps on should neither be too firm nor too soft. Michael Breus, Ph.D., who is a WebMD sleep expert and author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep states that the right mattress makes you feel like you are floating in the air and may not be the same for everybody.

Keep that in mind when you browse the Sealy website find the perfect bed for you. 

Habit #4

Ah!! That vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and then sleeping in late to make up for it. On the weekends, do you find yourself partying late into the night and then sleeping in on the weekends? Bad idea. Here’s why.

What you’re ACTUALLY doing is jeopardising your biological clock and confusing your body (wake up? Sleep? What do you want?!). You oversleep one morning, keep tossing and turning in the night, oversleep the next day again and voila! You have officially messed up your sleep routine.

Do your body a favor and hit the bed at the same time seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you are out of danger zone.

If you find yourself doing any of the above things then it is time to step back and make amends. After all, nothing is more precious than your physical health and the well-being of your brain. And it all starts with sleeping well!

Do your kids have a bedtime routine?

Encouraging your kids to sleep requires instilling good sleeping habits. Children respond to and need routine, so create a bedtime ritual that will lead to good sleeping habits and ensure that they get the zzz’s they need. Try these tricks to get their bedtime ritual started…

– Set a time for bedtime and stick to it
– Bathtime is a great way to relax your kids and prepare them for sleepy time
– Encourage them to get into their PJ’s and make it fun by letting them pick out their own PJ’s
– Limit TV time before bed and instead read them a feel good bedtime story
– Give them a kiss, tuck them in and say goodnight

Do you have any other bedtime ritual tips and tricks? Comment below and let us in on your secrets.

A good bedtime routine encourages better sleep habits.
A good bedtime routine encourages better sleep habits.