Erika Jayne Lounges in Lisa Rinna's QVC Duster, Sleeps on Custom Sheets, and Listens to CNN 24/7April 15, 2020
4:30 a.m. is magic hour for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan favorite, Erika Jayne. It’s the time she peeled off her fishnets and went to bed every night while living in New York, where she starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway from January to March. And it’s the time she wakes up—get this, naturally—during her day-to-day life back home in Los Angeles, where she wrote her memoir, Pretty Mess, rehearses her dance tracks, and lives with her husband, Tom.
“There’s something for me about 4:30 a.m.,” she says. “It’s when I’m either going to bed or waking up.” And when Jayne says “wake up,” she means wake up. There’s no lounging in bed until the clock strikes the more reasonable hour of 6 a.m. “My eyes open, I know it’s 4:30, and I start my day,” she says of her morning routine, which involves reading, checking emails, making coffee, walking her dog, and taking in the view from her backyard before entering the cat fights and hair extensions of filming the Bravo series, which is now in its tenth season.
“I enjoy the quiet. That’s my private time to myself before everything else starts,” she says. “And the truth is, I like to watch the sunrise.” But let’s wind the clock back a few hours; here’s how Erika Jayne goes to bed.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premieres on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST.
My Skin-Care Routine
If I’ve worked, it’s a three-step process that starts with oil to take off all the paint, then I moisturize and use under-eye cream. I use iS Clinical—it’s really hydrating.
My Evening Ritual
I have a really great bathtub, and I unwind by taking baths. Depending on whether I need to relax or scrub up, I’ll use oils or salts. If I’m home after a show, I’ll sit in Epsom salt—sometimes you can find them with CBD, which adds an extra layer to take down the inflammation. If I’m feeling dry, I’ll sit in oil—whatever oil I have left over, or sometimes I’ll even use facial oil. There’s a television by the bathtub, so I’ll watch the news or some sort of murder mystery.
My PJ Game
There’s a pandemic going on, so there are much bigger things happening in the world than my pajamas, but I’m feeling vulnerable, so comfort, warmth and ease is how I want to feel right now. Do I have all the beautiful lingerie from Agent Provocateur? Do I have all those gorgeous Kiki de Montparnasse gowns and robes? The answer is yes, I have all of that beautiful shit. But nine times out of 10, I’m in a T-shirt and shorts, or I’m in a Lisa Rinna duster. I swear to God, it’s true. The other day, I wasn’t feeling too great so I took a bath and put on the duster, and texted Lisa, ‘Your duster just brought a smile to my face.’
My Sleep Splurge
I sleep on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, and I have custom made sheets. They’re white with some patterns, and the highest thread count of Egyptian cotton you can get. They’re really nice. I had all of my sheets made for the California king bed that Tom and I sleep in. They were a splurge—they’re not cheap.
My Sleep Essentials
Tom snores, so I’m constantly hitting him [in the middle of the night], but the truth is, I don’t use ear plugs. At home in L.A., my drapes are these really gorgeous, heavy blackout shades, but I didn’t have that when I was living in New York [for Chicago], so I had to use an eye mask. I’ve had my Gucci eye mask forever. When you go to bed at four and the sun is up at six, it’s a little nuts.
The Last Thing I Do Before I Fall Asleep
The television in my bedroom is always on, so after I get out of the bath and put on my jammies, I sit in bed, curled up in my comforter with Tom, and we watch the news together until we fall asleep. The news stays on all night at a low volume—there’s not a time in my house when CNN is not on.
When I moved in with Tom 20 years ago, this was how he lived, but I wasn’t raised that way. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV at night—are you crazy? [Laughs] But listen, when you get married, you accept these things. This is something that he did that he wasn’t going to change, so I learned to adjust. But obviously, when I was in New York doing Roxy, everything was off at night, and I went back to my old, quiet, same way.
For the Best Night Sleep
What works for me is a cold room with a great comforter, and I always sleep with socks on, regardless of what I have on. And never go to bed angry—I don’t like that. I will stay up, talk, and will accept responsibility for something I don't even think I even did, just to go to bed peacefully.
My Insomnia Cure
Sleeping pills. Insomnia cropped up in my late forties, and a lot of us are affected by it. Whether it’s anxiety, hormones, your life, the pandemic… I’m sure many people aren’t sleeping. There’s a lot going on. Also, when you travel often and do lots of shows, it’s hard to come off stage, unwind, and fall asleep. That’s why I went to bed at 4 a.m.—that’s how long it took to unwind and let the brain decompress.
My Midnight Snack Rule
No snacking! After dinner, there is no eating until the morning. My mom was really big on that.
How I Plan for the Morning
I will have a list and my clothes laid out [for the next day]. The clothes will be in the car or by the door—I want to make sure all of that busy work is out of the way so I can get after the day.
My Tried-and-True Wind-Down Hack
Last year, I worked with an occupational therapist, who suggested that any time I come home from filming or working, I need to go back to my office, take off my work clothes, and then go home. The idea is to leave work at work, whether it’s Housewives or another project that I’m working on. We were discussing anxiety and not sleeping well, and she said, ‘I think you need to get into a ritual where once you leave work, you take off your costume, take off your makeup, and put back on your normal, everyday Erika clothes.’ Then when I’m home, I’m decompressed.
If we’re on location and shooting around town, I'll always go back to my office, take off everything, and go home in sweats, having left all of that behind. I did the same thing on Broadway—you wipe down, put your clothes back on, and leave Roxy at the Ambassador Theatre. She doesn’t come home with you—that performance life doesn’t come home. It’s a ritual and makes a big difference for me.
How I Disconnect From My Devices
I keep my phone on my night table, but once I go to sleep, I try not to check it because I feel like, God, what if you get some text from a friend? People text me with all of their meltdowns and I’m like, ‘I can’t do this right now.’ [Laughs] I’ll see them at 4:30.
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Caitlin Brody is the entertainment editor at Glamour.
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