If his 80-percent-vegetable diet, total ban on caffeine (to the tune of never having tasted coffee) and personalized, longevity-focused training plan hasn’t convinced you that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lives in some sort of GOOP-on-steroids parallel universe, this revelation might: The NFL star sleeps on a mattress that is literally made from diamonds.
Here’s a photo he posted of himself dragging it up the stairs:
Brady shared the photo in conjunction with announcing a paid, multi-year partnership with the Beautyrest Black mattress line, though his publicist told HuffPost he already slept on the mattress before the partnership began.
The mattress features a combination coil and memory foam system, designed to provide optimal back support, according to the product's website. Micro diamonds are part of the memory foam, and apparently wick heat away from the body to prevent overheating. Prices range from $1,999 to $4,999.
Of course, diamonds won't really help you sleep better
The good news is that you don’t necessarily need diamonds to get a good night’s sleep. Most important is that you are comfortable and find your mattress easy to sleep on, Dr. Neil Kline, a sleep physician and director of the American Sleep Association, told The Huffington Post.
“Mattresses are an important part of the sleep experience -- and it is important that the mattress does not interfere with sleep,” Kline said. “If a mattress has a coil sticking out or makes loud noises when you change position, that can have an impact on overall sleep quality.”
Your mattress choice is a subjective and personal choice, Kline said, though he adds a tip that may come in handy if you’re shopping around: “If it’s not comfortable while you’re awake, it probably will not be comfortable while you’re asleep.”
Still, Tom Brady gets these sleep tips right
One thing Brady does get right is finding a way to stay cool during the night. Evidence suggests that between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal room temperature for snoozing. In a press release, Brady said he keeps his thermostat between 60 and 65 degrees.
And if you're not quite ready to invest in Brady's $1,999 to $4,999 diamond mattress, experts say picking the right pajamas also plays a big role in body temperature throughout the night. Pick lightweight cotton, silk or flannel (for cold nights) or moisture-wicking fabrics if you easily overheat, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Or try sleeping naked.
Two more sleep tips that Brady gets right:
“I leave the noisy gadgets like cell phones and tablets outside the bedroom so they aren’t a temptation before bed and won’t wake me later in the night,” Brady said in a press release.
This is spot on -- in addition to rings or alarms disrupting your sleep, the blue light emitted by these devices are known to suppress melatonin, making it harder for you to fall asleep and actually causing you to get poorer quality sleep once you do doze off.
“A routine, such as reading a bedtime story to help your child unwind, is not only an important part of getting your children to fall asleep, but also helps keep them asleep, so mom and dad can also get a good night’s rest,” he added.
Bedtime routines help kids feel a sense of security and help their bodies understand it’s time for sleep. And in our non-stop, 24/7 society, bedtime routines can help adults relax, release stress, and help our bodies understand it’s time for sleep.
At least Brady can sleep easy, despite what may come from the next chapter of Deflategate.
Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.