We’re all curious about the lives of the rich and famous, right down to the smallest details such as what kind of bed they sleep in or how much sleep they need. A look through the pictures of celebrities bedrooms in the glossy magazines reveals a wide variety of bedroom furniture styles and sleeping habits.
Former Philippines First Lady, Imelda Marcos, for example, enjoys the kind of opulence in her bedroom that you’d expect from a lady famous for her extensive shoe, gown and jewellery collection. Glittering chandeliers hang over a magnificent four poster bed, with an elaborately carved headboard and red velvet hangings.
By contrast, royal couple Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have opted for simple furnishings in the bedroom of their 12-acre estate in Wales. The ordinary-looking bed has a plain square headboard in a pale colour and the décor throughout is light and neutral.
Celebrities crave luxury when on the road as well as at home, and only the best hotel bed will do. The 5 Star Lowry Hotel in Manchester, UK raised money for Comic Relief by auctioning one of their beds that had been slept on by celebrities including Oasis, Kylie, Prince and Tom Jones. The luxurious king size bed came with 20g Egyptian cotton sheets, feather pillows, a white Italian bedspread and a charcoal wool blanket.
Some celebrities are keen for their taste in bed linen to be shared with the rest of us. Katie Price, aka Jordan, recently launched her own range of bed linen, featuring pink designs covered in hearts. Kylie Minogue’s range was inspired by an eiderdown from the 1930s that she found on eBay, vintage fabrics, a hand-painted book of Japanese kimono designs and the silk and a crystal-studded panelled wall of her own bedroom.
Not all beds are to everyone’s taste. Music producer Mark Ronson has a fear of bunk beds, to the extent that he once passed out on one. The incident took place when he went to summer camp as a child. ‘I got there and, with my fear of heights, found all the lower bunks taken,’ he told the newspaper the Daily Star. ‘I remember going to bed and waking up in the night – just in time for everything to go black.’
Celebrities and their sleeping habits
What do the rich and famous wear in bed? Marylin Monroe famously claimed she wore nothing but a splash of Chanel No. 5. Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has a less glamorous story to reveal. She wears white cotton gloves and thick socks in bed in an attempt to slow down the ageing process. Victoria says, “I put really thick foot lotion on with socks before I go to sleep. I also use the thick hand cream with gloves at the same time. David (Beckham, her footballer husband) thinks I’m a loony because I get into bed with gloves and socks on.”
Celebrities may sleep under silk sheets and fine linen, but that doesn’t stop them having messy habits like the rest of us. TV chef Nigella Lawson tells Oprah magazine:” I do not always practice what I preach and sit down to eat with all my family but rather feed them and then sneak upstairs to eat my supper in bed. I compound this sin, but also my pleasure, by not having a tray; I love beautiful linens and adore my bed, but I am uncaring about the spillage and drips and crumbs I leave in my lazy, greedy wake.”
How much do celebrities sleep? Singer Mariah Carey spends more time in bed than most of us can dream of. “I’ve got to sleep 15 hours to sing the way I want to,” she told Interview magazine last year. She also protects her voice by using humidifiers. “Literally, I’ll have 20 humidifiers around my bed,” she told V magazine. “Basically, it’s like sleeping in a steam room.” Humidifiers are useful in the bedroom to moisten dry air and soothe sore throats, though one is enough for most people!
Politicians may be a breed apart when it comes to sleep, as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was able to get by on just four hours a night. Winston Churchill, however, used to catch up on his lack of sleep by taking a nap during the day. Others are reported to have followed his lead, including Bill Clinton, John. F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.