Watching a new cast member join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—or any Bravo series, really—is like watching Cady Heron's first day of high school.
It takes a strong will, extreme confidence, and sometimes a pinch of delusion to thrive in the social minefield that Lisa Vanderpump established almost a decade ago. If she falls flat, she risks ending up in the dreaded one-and-done Housewife Hall of (No) Fame. I mean, when's the last time you thought about Carlton, the original Witch of WeHo?
So when I ask Garcelle Beauvais how she slept during her first season filming RHOBH, I'm not surprised to hear a laugh followed by "Not very well!"
Beauvais shouldn't have been so restless. We're only a few episodes in, and the actor has already befriended fan favorite Erika Jayne, debated which vibrator was best for a trip to New York City, and opened up about the time she put her cheating ex-husband on blast by sending an email detailing his affair to his closest friends and colleagues. In other words, she's on her way to Queen Bee status.
Still, "I needed my routine more than ever," she says of the experience. "Not only was I shooting Housewives, I was also shooting the Coming to America sequel in Atlanta and filming something in Nashville. And then I have my twin 12-year-old boys, who have so much gusto. So I needed a lot of restful sleep during that time."
Now that she's quarantined at home in Los Angeles, the secret sauce is setting the right mood—candles, R&B music, and a warm bath included. They're a nice treat after a day spent working hard on her upcoming podcast, Going to Bed with Garcelle, a weekly late-night talk show that premieres May 7. "It's going to be a late-night podcast where women come on and we talk about anything and everything that's on our mind," she says. "Grown and sexy is what we're going for."
Speaking of going to bed, we asked Garcelle Beauvais about everything else she considers a nighttime essential, below.
It’s all about setting the right vibe.
You know what's really good for me? When I can let go of my phone at least a good hour before I start getting ready for bed, because so many times the phone's in my hands all day long. And then I play music, light a candle, take a bath—things that help me let everything go. I discovered these new soothing bath bombs by Simon Wolff with CBD in them. When I'm in the bath, I try to come from a place of gratitude so that I can sleep better. Sometimes I put lavender on my sheets or pillow. Anything that will help me slow down. Sometimes my mind races because I've got so much to do.
$18.00, Simon Wolff
But first, focus on skin care.
Moisturizing, for me, is really a big deal because I have eczema. Keeping my skin soft is important because it tends to be dry; plus, it's a great way for me to relax. If my moisturizer has lavender in it, even better. I just discovered a product I'm obsessed with: Ultra Repair Cream. I saw it on the Today show; they were talking about how it's great for people with eczema, so I immediately ordered it. If I could put it on my entire body, I would. I feel like there's a difference.
$32.00, First Aid Beauty
Drape yourself in soft fabrics.
I'm a big pajama girl. Whether it's high-end or Target, I don't care. They don't have to be silk, just soft and light. I have a cashmere robe that I got last Christmas from Restoration Hardware, and it is so comfy and long. If I'm sitting on the couch, it can wrap around my legs. It's really yummy.
I like having a fuzzy comforter on me while having the room cool. I think that's just a comfort thing; I like the weight of something on me when I'm sleeping. I'm also a big sleep mask person. Maybe it's the weight on my eyes, I don't know, but I feel like I sleep deeper. It's like having blackout curtains, just for your eyes. There's a silky one I got from Bed Bath and Beyond. It's probably like $7, but I just love it.
$179.00, Pottery Barn
$9.00, Bed Bath & Beyond
But, no matter what, kids will change your sleep routine.
I have my kids one week on and one week off because I coparent with their dad. So when I have them, the routine is just drop on the bed and fall asleep before my head even hits the pillow because I'm so tired. I'm an early bird. I like waking up in the [early] morning because I feel like the day is longer and I can get more things done. It's so funny because sometimes, when I have my kids, I feel like the only time I really sit down is when I lie down. But then I'm up around 5:30 a.m.
So will a quarantine.
I feel like I'm not as active during the day as I would have been otherwise. So sometimes going to sleep is a little tougher. I'll try to force myself to stay up later so I can sleep in, so the day is shorter. You know, quarantine is our new normal. I just haven't found that balance yet. I'm trying. I think it's because it kind of all blends in. When I cook, when I don't, it all blends in now. Everybody's trying to figure it out.
The most important thing of all is...
Candles are big for me. I mean, if we ever have a blackout, I am good because I have so many candles. Candles are important. I love scented candles; I like tropical scents, lavender, gardenia, sea salt, and vanilla—anything not too sweet, but clean. It's important to have the lights dim. I think all of that sets the mood for sleeping or...whatever else. And you want to have the right partner in bed—otherwise, I'd rather starfish.
Anna Moeslein is a senior editor at Glamour.
Originally Appeared on Glamour