Alexandra Daddario's always on the go: filming shows and movies (like last summer's Baywatch and the upcoming San Andreas 2), traveling, getting her DIY on by building her own shelves and backyard garden, working with Nothing But Nets to combat malaria — you know, just the typical human-squeezing-35-hours-into-each-24-hour-day thing. But that doesn't mean she can't unwind. In fact, the 32-year-old actress has developed a few tried-and-true tricks to truly unplug — and ensure she gets her best sleep ever.
"Making sure you sleep enough is so important to me — it keeps your energy up, it keeps your skin clear," Alex says.
There are certain things you've heard a million times before — invest in blackout curtains, choose soothing colors for your room, keep the A/C just chilly enough that you don't get the night sweats. And while those are all great to try, here are the four things that really work for her. (Spoiler: You're going to want to try them, too.)
Keep It Clean.
Whether she's napping on a plane or getting her eight hours in at home, Alex swears by two products in particular: vinegar for everyday household cleanups, and Kleenex Wet Wipes for everything else. "Planes aren't always cleaned that well, so I like to use Wet Wipes to wipe down the plane," she says. Vinegar's a go-to because she tries to use as few chemicals as possible.
It's part of her destress and wind-down routine, which makes sense: After all, who likes to go to bed feeling grimy?
She Maintains A No-Phone Zone.
One hour before bed, Alex ditches her phone. No calls, no texts, no mindlessly scrolling Instagram. "It takes discipline, but I have to allow myself to shut myself off," she says.
If that means charging your phone in another room and using an old-school alarm clock, so you're not tempted to pick it up, so be it.
She Has One Nightly Ritual That Makes The Biggest Difference.
In that final hour before bed, Alex does yoga or meditates — every night. "I think yoga's important, because we get so much information thrown at us all the time, and I use that time to shut my brain off," she explains. It helps her break that cycle of being go, go, go all day long — and gives her something to do to keep her from reaching for her phone.
She's A Big Supporter Of The Midnight Snack.
"I can't go to bed hungry," Alex says. "If I'm going to have a delicious snack before bed, I'm going to do it."
And she doesn't believe in depriving yourself. Some of her late-night favorites are two scoops of vanilla ice cream, half a chocolate bar, and homemade chicken tacos with sriracha, corn, and quinoa.
"Do what makes you feel good," she says. Amen to that.
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