Celebrity Sleep Secrets, and What You Can Learn From Them
Who's sleeping, who's not?
Celebrities lead fabulous and often hectic lives—jetting across the country on a whim, partying at late-night hot spots, following rigorous touring or filming schedules—so it’s no surprise that sleep may not always be a number-one priority. Insomnia and prescription medication have even been implicated in some high-profile celebrity deaths, raising the issue of how dangerous sleep problems can be if not treated responsibly.
What other members of the glitterati have spent their nights tossing and turning? We’ve compiled a list of famous men and women, past and present, who have spoken out about or become known for their unique sleep issues. Here, see who gets too much and not enough—and what you can learn from each of them.
As a result of her busy schedule, Zellweger, of Bridget Jones and Chicago fame, doesn't always have time to sleep. "Your body doesn't quite register...that it's time to sleep," she told W magazine in 2005, recalling a 10-day, 10-country promotional tour for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. "But you don't fight it, and you don't ask questions after a while. You just kind of let it happen to you." Overworked people, celebrities or not, can have trouble winding down before bedtime and might lie awake worrying about their commitments the next day. Experts suggest a relaxing bedtime routine, starting an hour or two before lights-out time, to help your body transition into sleep.
But with the birth of her twins in 2008, she was forced to sacrifice some of that beauty sleep. She told People magazine the babies were keeping her up until 6 a.m.
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Sleep experts caution against daytime naps for people who have insomnia because it can further disrupt your sleep schedule—but for people who don't mind getting their z's in smaller segments at different times of the day, they can be a good way to get much needed rest.
But watch out: Studies show that averaging less than five or six hours a night can be hazardous to your health, compromise your immunity, and put you at risk for heart problems, which may shorten your life span.
The night before he died, Jackson reportedly lay awake, immune to anti-anxiety medications and muscle relaxants, until receiving a propofol injection and falling asleep around 11 a.m. Shortly after, the performer stopped breathing. His doctor's unorthodox methods have resulted in a homicide ruling, and, hopefully, served as a wake-up call to those who go to extreme and unsafe lengths to get some shut-eye.
A recovering drug addict, Goldstein had reportedly been clean for 11 years but started using again just days before his death. Friends say that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have caused him to crave harder drugs, and one addiction specialist told People magazine that former addicts with insomnia, a common symptom of PTSD, are at least three times a greater risk for relapse than people who sleep well. Goldstein told People in late 2008 that he worried about having fire-related nightmares "forever."