Shares his sleep secrets with Nairita Mukherjee
Sleep is very important because it rests your body and also helps you feel energised and rejuvenated. Unfortunately I belong to a profession where your sleep pattern goes for a toss because of the erratic hours and of course, the stress that comes with the profession. However, I try to get as much sleep as I can through the day.
From a very young age, I’ve had the habit of sleeping for 12 hours. Now it sounds funny, but at one point my wife was actually worried about me, and I went and got myself tested. Fortunately, the test results came back as regular. So, I’m the kind of person who loves to sleep. But when I can’t get a long sleep, say due to hectic shooting schedules or because I’m travelling, I try to break it down in parts, just so that the total number of hours are compensated. I can just sit on a chair and doze off for a quick power nap if I have to.
One trick that I use is that I switch on the air conditioner at least 15 minutes before going to bed. This cools down the room considerably, and it always helps your body and mind fall asleep when the environment is cool. On days when I am working out at the gym, these tricks come in handy because your body tends to generate a lot of heat as you workout. I don’t really listen to music or read books to facilitate falling asleep.
Due to a back problem, I use a special orthopaedic mattress and pillow which is neither too hard nor too soft, that supports my spine. In case, that isn’t available, I prefer sleeping on the floor with just a duvet and a hard pillow.