Sleep Habits: Gayle Rinkoff, Fashion + celebrity stylist

We chatted to fashion and celebrity stylist Gayle Rinkoff. With over 25 years experience in the industry, she has styled top celebrities such as Helen Mirren and is the Style Director of the Voice UK.

Gayle shares her top sleep tips from a relaxing bath before bed (as long as the kids don’t interrupt) to a digital switch off…

How important is sleep to your personal daily life?

Incredibly important! I can function on little sleep, but I am not that pleasant to be around.

How do you switch off after a working day?

It’s quite hard as I am freelance but if I don’t have a job the following day, I put my phone in another room and make sure I have dinner with my husband uninterrupted.

What does a typical sleep routine look like to you?

I am generally in bed by 10.30pm every night and I either fall asleep within minutes or I lay awake for an hour or so.  I haven’t figured out exactly why that is but having three children (two of them teenagers) plays a part in my overactive mind and thoughts.

What is your bedroom like?

When designing our bedroom, I wanted it to feel like a boutique hotel room and we seem to have accomplished that in some way.  It’s very calm and serene, with minimal clutter.

Gayle's Sleepy Edit. Clockwise from top left: The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway; Gayle's 'boutique hotel' style bedroom; Luxe + Hardy Sleepy Candle

What is your sleep position?

On my front!

Do you follow any self-care rituals to help you sleep better?

Occasionally I will spray lavender pillow spray. I try to have a relaxing bath with candles and soft music but 9 out of 10 times I am interrupted by a child so it all goes out the window!

What are your top “sleep well” tips?

Do not go on your phone, laptop, iPad or any other device at least an hour before you go to bed. Off load anything that is bothering you, talk to your friends, children, husband – whoever you think could help. There is nothing worse than going to bed with a million thoughts running through your head.

Have you read any good bedtime books lately?

I am currently reading The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway and its full of positive ways to improve your life which in turn promotes positive thoughts.

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