Cat Deeley survives on four hours sleep a night

Cat Deeley has come to terms with the fact she doesn't get a lot of sleep.



Cat Deeley survives on four hours sleep a night.

The 47-year-old presenter – who has sons Milo, eight, and five-year-old James with husband Patrick Kielty – finds it hard to switch off at the end of the day but always wakes up early, and after trying various methods in an attempt to get more shut-eye over the years, she’s grown to accept that she just doesn’t need to rest for very long.

She told Top Sante magazine: “I do struggle with early starts and with sleep too.

“Even when I was a little girl, I would wake up and have read two-thirds of a ‘Malory Towers’ book before my mum had even opened her eyes.

“I find it difficult to turn off my brain. First I make a to-do list – ‘Did I cancel the boys’ violin lesson? Have I booked tennis?’ – and then my mind just disappears into an abyss of nonsense and worrying about things I can’t control.

“I’ve tried everything too, magnesium, salt baths, pillow sprays, sleepy teas, meditation, breathing exercises.

“I’ve tried stories – as lovely as Matthew McConaughey’s voice is [on the app Calm] whispering sweet nothings in my ear, it still doesn’t work.

“I’ve just come to terms with it now and as long as I get four hours, I’m OK.”