With the recent launch of her critically acclaimed Fenty Beauty line and appearances on some of this year’s biggest pop hits, it seems like Rihanna has more hours in the day than the rest of us. And according to a recent interview, that might actually be the case!
It turns out the Bajan bombshell is living like some kind of vampire, taking in just a few hours of sleep a night. And she still looks like she got a full eight hours. Totally unfair!
“I only sleep three or four hours a night,” the eight-time Grammy Award winner shares in Vogue Paris’ December issue. “I have a lot of trouble switching off. Even when I get home early, which means before 1 a.m., I start binge watching shows or documentaries, which I love. I can’t go straight to bed.”
[Can we just pause for a second and focus on how Bad Gal Riri’s cutoff point for “early” is one in the morning!]
But Rihanna isn’t the only one not getting enough shut-eye. A third of Americans are sleep-deprived, getting less than seven hours a night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only does that leave us feeling like zombies during the day, but lack of sleep is also associated with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
It gets worse: When you’re sleep-deprived, it has the same effect on your body as being drunk. And if you’re like Rihanna and sleeping less than four hours a night, you increase your risk of getting in a car accident by 11.5 times.
If all this doesn’t leave you “four, five seconds from wildin’,” it also turns out that Rihanna’s habit of spending her late-night hours in front of the TV has harmful effects of its own. Research shows that staring at a screen before bedtime tells your brain to stay awake, making it harder to fall asleep.
And don’t think you’re safe just because you turn your computer off an hour before bed! Science is coming for your binge-watching habit too. A 2016 Japanese study published in the journal Circulation found that your Netflix obsession could leave you at risk of a pulmonary embolism (PE).
The Japanese Collaborative Cohort study found that, while the mortality rate from PE for people who watched less than two-and-a-half hours of TV a day was 2.8 (per 100,000), the people who watched two-and-a-half to five hours of TV per day had a mortality rate of 4.8. For those who watched more than five hours, the rate was 8.2.
So if Rihanna is reading this (we’re huge fans), please get more rest so you can continue clapping back at online trolls.
And if you’re an average person who tends to stay up late, check out these tips on how to get a good night’s sleep. It’ll improve your health and ability to function, so you can work (work, work, work, work, work).
Read more: Driving Tired Can Be as Bad as Driving Drunk
What Do YOU Think?
How much sleep do you get every night? Is sleep a priority for you, or are you more of the mindset that you’ll “sleep when you’re dead”? How do you ensure that you get a good night’s sleep? What about binge watching? Is it more of an occasional habit or any every-night thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below!