If you’re an actor or an actress, you know that getting your beauty rest is vital to perform at your best. You can’t be exhausted and spend an entire day on a hot, lit up stage with make up crew constantly in your face. The other thing you can’t do is act while you’re in pain, it just doesn’t work. If you’re waking up sore, your performance may decline. You have to be at your best to perform at your best.
How To Get Good Sleep
There are quite a few ways you can ensure that you are getting the proper sleep so that you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to get on set for an entire day.
Get Your Sleep-Wake Schedule Regulated
Your body produces a hormone called Melatonin. This helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle and is controlled by exposure to light. Once the darkness hits, your brain is supposed to secrete more melatonin than it would during the day in order to make you tired. Unfortunately, there are many different aspects of your day that can disrupt this natural schedule. If you’re spending all day filming a dark scene even though it’s light outside, your body is going to think it’s time to sleep when it’s really not. Same goes for if you’re shooting a daylight scene all night in a fake environment and your body isn’t producing the right amount of melatonin. Fortunately, there are a few different ways for you to naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle and boost your melatonin production if you’re having trouble.
Get A Good Bed
If you’re waking up sore and stiff in the hips, it may be time to invest in a good mattress for hip pain. These tend to be not too firm but not too soft, more on a medium firm scale. If you have hip pain, you may not perform at your best, especially if you are required to be physically active in your roll.
Your exercising habits play an important role in your sleeping habits. If you exercise thirty or even twenty minutes before bedtime, it’ll help you a lot. You don’t need to do all thirty minutes at once, but you can break it up into short five minute sessions. You can do some housework, take a short walk, do some gardening, and maybe even some sit ups. Eating properly in tandem will also help with your bedtime habits.
Don’t Give In To Anxiety & Stress
Stress, anger, and anxiety can cause anyone to not sleep very well. When you can’t sleep or find yourself waking up, jot down what’s bothering you. This may help you figure how you can get your stress level to decrease or to get your anger under control. We are all full of worry, but you can’t let it get to you on the set. It can compromise your career and life.
Sleeping is essential in order to perform well. You can’t work a full day on only an hour or so of sleep. If you spend your night tossing and turning from pain, worry, stress, anxiety, or any other reason, you aren’t going to be ready for the day ahead of you. You need your best beauty rest for your big screen career.