Do You Need a Sleep Makeover? Video
How to find a healthy, long-term solution for a good night's sleep.
We talked to Ying Chu, our beauty director, who had recently gone through a breakup, and confessed that she was having the old martini to try and knock herself out at night with the occasional sleeping tablet.
Insomnia is affecting something like 50 million Americans so really substantial numbers, especially women, I think everything from hormones, we worry a lot whether it's about career or family or relationships. We carry that, all of that with us to bed so it has a great effect on our sleep patterns.
Insomnia is difficulty sleeping and it can be either difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep, or can be seeming to sleep okay but waking up and not feeling refreshed, or any combination of the above.
Sleep is a huge issue for our reader, meaning, you know, modern women who are juggling a lot of stuff.
I've sure become accustomed to not sleeping very much but it's definitely exhausting.
I think what is the most difficult about falling asleep or staying asleep is the stress.
I never have insomnia or trouble sleeping because I'm so tired when I actually hit the pillow, that I'm so thankful to be sleeping that I fall asleep.
We talked to Ying Chu, our beauty director, who had recently gone through a breakup.
I actually went through a big relationship change so that really threw my sleep pattern off.
And confessed that she was having the old martini to try and knock herself at night with the occasional sleeping tablet.
It's really easy to become reliant on it and I think that what a lot of sleep experts are finding is that people are depending too much on these drugs.
You can do the same thing through alternative techniques, through relaxation, through yoga, meditation, those sorts of things.
Sleep is one of those things that all our readers tell us they just don't get enough of. How do you squeeze more sleep out of your day? There are a lot of familiar ways like, you know, not drinking alcohol just before you go to bed, make sure you get enough exercise so your body's physically tired, but it was really about how is your room constructed.
I had a sleep expert actually come into my home and look at, you know, look at the way that my bedroom was set up.
Really reorganizing her bedroom so that she'd get a better sense of energy in the room and she haven't replaced certain things after her boyfriend has left.
Not rely on medication so much but winding, the whole idea of winding down before bedtime.
Nice music, you know, the kinds of things that become sort of a signal to sleep are what you should be relying on every night.
One thing is called guided imagery. Very easy to learn, and basically what you do is you visualize a very restful place and you take yourself there.
One of probably the most interesting tips for me was that he said it's actually okay if you get woken up in the middle of the night or you have to get up but it's getting back to sleep and getting back into deep sleep quickly which is really helpful.
In general, you wanna take the stimulating activity, whatever they are, away from the bed environment.
I've heard having a routine and not watching TV in your bed and things like that, I've heard that that helps.
Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I just read a book in a foreign language and it just forces my brain to work a lot harder than it would normally would.
I guess give yourself time to calm down and make sure that you have full days and, you know, force yourself to wake up early in the morning so that you can have that full day and then you're tired at the end.
I think that a lot of the tips do work but you really have to make a conscious effort to incorporate them into your life.
There are really all sorts of new developments in understanding our sleep patterns and the environment we need to go to sleep in, that can actually help.
So you're wearing Versace.
Yes. Oh, am I? I didn't even know. I love it. I love bright colors. I like pink. I feel so fancy. To me, this is not work, it's fun. Photo shoots. I love this.
So if you were gonna describe Molly's style, what would that be?
Much more comfortable but I dress up sometimes but for the most part, because I'm with my kids all the time during the day, I wear comfort, flat shoes, jeans. I wear Diesel jeans, cute, fun tops, just very comfortable 'cause I'm always-- I live in New York City and I'm walking around and...