Helen Mirren: Sleep keeps me going

Helen Mirren has revealed a good night’s sleep every evening has helped her career as an actress.

Helen Mirren, the Oscar-winning actress, has revealed the secret to her successful career – sleep. It’s not just down to her superb acting skills after all, as in an interview with the Daily Mail, the in-demand star said that sleep had become more important as she got older.

“If I’m on a film, I even try to catch some sleep in my trailer at lunchtime,” she explained. “I really try to sleep as much as possible.” Sleep has been proven to help performance, as you will know yourself, the less sleep you get, and the harder it is to concentrate the day after. When you have hundreds of lines to learn, sleep will become a priority.

She added that she had managed to keep her good looks and vitality through a combination of sleep, a healthy diet and the occasional bit of exercise. Ms Mirren went on to say that the combination was key to keeping her energy levels up as she moved from film to film. An admired actress, Ms Mirren recently hit the headlines after being photographed in a bikini on holiday. Her healthy diet and recommendation of lots of sleep have certainly helped keep her looking young.

Advice from the Better Health Channel would seem to agree with her assessment. According to its guide to sleep, getting your daily rest is just as important as eating the right food and drinking enough water. This is because a lack of sleep impairs your judgment and makes you more accident-prone, it suggested.

Hundreds of people get into trouble by driving when they are tired or not looking where they are going. Lorry drivers can be particularly susceptible due to working long hours and as a result all follow strict rules about the amount of hours they can drive, for the safety of themselves and others.

The majority of scientists agree that sleep is important for physical and mental health as it refreshes the mind and repairs the body. A lack of sleep can cause poor memory and concentration, as well as fatigue. It can drastically affect your mood; impair your judgement and reaction time, as well as leaving you with poor physical coordination.

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