EMBRACE THE COUSIN OF DEATH
Stuff Rappers Say: “The money don’t sleep, so Weezy can’t rest” —Lil Wayne, “John (If I Die Today)”
Sleep is, er, slept on. Rappers often treat slumber as a time-suck, instead burning the midnight oil in studio sessions and clubs. The under-snoozed reap consequences—Rick Ross suffered two consecutive seizures from reported sleep deprivation, and catnap king Kanye West can barely stay awake in the lab. Retain these tips to keep those sheep clearing fences through the night.
Hustling Too Hard
Touring and after parties can keep revelry raucous until sunrise, but early morning call times can also cut the night short. Sleep specialist Dr. Matthew Edlund says rappers function like shift workers and need to settle into routine, be it evening siestas before a night out or powering off phones before bed. “The body is constantly regenerating itself,” he explains. “Make arrangements to have that process work.”
All Night Fiestas
Popping bottles of rosé throws a wrench into the body’s repairing cycle. Studies show that sipping adult beverages later in the evening can amplify alcohol’s effect on the body. “Watch out for the stimulants. Watch out for the depressants,” notes Edlund. “If you’re going to have drinks, maybe have them earlier rather than later.”
So Stressed, B
Stress is an inevitable byproduct of both the rap game and the real world, but it doesn’t have to cramp a good night’s rest. Edlund recommends starting a dance revolution to forget the day’s troubles (“Dance helps get you fit. That’s one of the great ways to deal with stress.”) Plan B: Roll out a yoga mat for some R&R*.