In a world where women strive to have it all, even those who look as put together as Angelina Jolie admit that sleep deprivation comes with the territory, even for her. The busy actress and mother of four stays busy but, like many of us. may be sacrificing needed sleep time to get it all done. Here are some tips that can improve your sleep and Angelina’s.
While falling asleep next to your significant other each night sound romantic, it may be having a negative impact on the quality of your sleep. Sharing your bed is more likely to make you restless and reduce the quality of the sleep you do get. If Angelina’s former bodyguard is to be believed, her and partner Brad Pitt sleep in separate beds. If they do, they may be sleeping better than you.
Though rumored to sleep apart, on numerous occasions Angelina has referenced a tradition in her house known as family sleep. During family sleep, Angelina, Brad and their six children all climb in bed together for a nap. While this certainly isn’t something you should try every night, there is something to be said for recharging your battery upon occasion while completely surrounded by the things you love.
Keep a Schedule
Create a bedtime ritual of calming activities that help you unwind and then start your ritual at the same time each night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, maintaining a consistent bed time and wake up time will help your body function better. This means no cheating and sleeping in on weekends. It also means no napping.
Celebrities like Angelina can afford to buy a large house far away from other people and the noises they create, but not all of us are so lucky. Unfortunately, ambient noise reduces sleep quality, so eliminate any that you can. Leave your cell phone in another room or turn it off, turn off your television and silence the radio before going to bed.
Cool It Down
Ideal sleeping temperatures are between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure your bedroom falls in this range. Too cold or too hot and you could be compromising the quality of the sleep you’re getting. If night work forces you to sleep during the day, hang light-blocking curtains to keep the room dark and prevent direct sunlight from heating the space while you’re getting your rest.
You may not be a celebrity or a rock star, but you can sleep like one by following theses simple tips as well as avoiding caffeine at bedtime. If you’re still tossing and turning, consult your doctor for advice. It is important to consult your doctor before taking over-the-counter sleep aids, as well, as these can be habit forming and could make it harder for you to fall asleep instead of easier. Sleep is essential for your energy levels and overall health, so do whatever it takes to get help for sleep problems and get the rest you need to be healthy.