Follow up to my last Jeff Bridges story that highlighted that the Hollywood actor had become a parody of the characters his father, Lloyd played in movies like Airplane (Flying High) or Hot Shots
The Huffington Post writes
Take it from The Dude himself: “You gotta sleep, man.” That was Jeff Bridges’ advice to HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri on Monday about the necessity of getting some quality shut-eye each night. In fact, sleep is so important to Bridges that he has released an album called “Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes,” a mix of “relaxing sounds, guided meditations and stories designed to lull you to sleep.”
Bridges said he generally gets about six hours of sleep per night, and he shared a trick he uses to relax his mind when slumber eludes him. “Close your eyes. Now I want you to look while your eyes are closed to see with your eyes closed — what do you see now behind your lids? See if you can describe that,” Bridges said. “I try to get very specific, and I try to describe to myself the visuals that I’m picking up. And I think about these visuals — are they a function of my eye? Are they a function of my mind?”
I dont think saying he gets about 6 hours sleep despite his own tapes and techniques is a ringing endorsement for his product ! Listening to him, I wondered whether other substances may be modulating his sleep a view picked up by Gillian Orr from the Independent.
Going to sleep with the acting legend is a bit like listening to the ramblings of an uncle who did one too many LSD trips in the Seventies. It’s hard to say how effective it is, but I enjoyed listening to it, mainly because it is absolutely bonkers. “Hummmmmm” was possibly the most soothing part. It consists of Jeff humming over sparse piano chords and the laughter of children. Sure, it may sound intensely creepy and not unlike the opening to a slasher movie, but it’s the last thing I remember hearing, so I’m guessing it was the one that managed to knock me out.
Gillian later experienced a night terror when the tape ended up on some loop waking her up with Jeff’s piece about drinking water at night. Or was he complaining about his aging prostate ? Who could tell the difference – the ommms and other chants could either be pain, pleasure or a prostate reminder.
Professor Ron Grunstein is a Sleep Disorder Specialist based in Sydney, who consults at the Woolcock Clinic and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and undertakes research at the Woolcock Institute, University of Sydney.