Although, it was recently announced, Alison Sweeney wouldn’t be returning to serve as the host of NBC’s hit show, “The Biggest Loser,” it hasn’t slowed down the unstoppable leading lady, wife and mommy of two. Ali has been extremely busy these days, serving as the executive producer of “Love on the Air,” a new movie that recently aired on the Hallmark Channel, as well as starring in the second movie of the Murder She Baked franchise set to premier this Fall.
We also can’t forget about her triumphant homecoming to daytime television, as Samantha (Sami) Gene Brady, on Days of our Lives, in honor of the shows 50th anniversary. However, in true Sami fashion, Sweeney warns us to grab our tissues and be prepared for a lot of tears, with her characters return to Salem.
But that’s not all, Sweeney has also partnered with Sleep Number, to educate, enlighten, and create awareness on the pivotal role the amount of sleep one receives each night can have on our day-to-day. We had an opportunity to speak with Ali, as she discussed her latest venture in promoting healthy sleeping habits not only for herself but for her children, Ben and Megan as well.
Dontaira Terrell: Why was it important for you to become a spokesperson for Sleep Number?
Alison Sweeney: To be honest, I’ve learned so much by working with Sleep Number. I was definitely someone who came into the conversation with an unhealthy mentality, of minimizing the importance of it all. At a point in time, I was literally, only getting five hours of sleep a night; and that’s at the most! Working with Sleep Number, has brought so much awareness to me that getting more sleep [at least eight hours] isn’t a luxury, it should be a necessity because it affects your mental and physical health. As a good role model to my children, I want to encourage them to do the same thing.
DT: How important does receiving an adequate amount of sleep, play in our daily lives not just for children but also adults?
AS: For everyone it makes a tremendous difference. You see it in kid’s especially young kids but the same thing also happens for adults. When you don’t get enough sleep you’re not as good, sharp and focused throughout the day. You’re more likely to have a weaker willpower and crave sweets because your brain is trying desperately to receive quick energy. You’re also more likely to be moody, not as engaged and able to stay focused, which more than likely will cause you to develop unhealthy eating habits.
DT: As a mother on the go, what would you say are the biggest challenges working mothers face when it’s time to finally get some rest?
AS: I don’t know if other moms are like me but I can’t stop my brain from working. When it’s time to go to bed I feel frustrated because I probably haven’t gotten everything I needed to get done throughout the day. At that point, I really just want an hour of me time, where I can sit and watch a show, read a good book or hang out with my husband and have a glass of wine. Sometimes it feels so frustrating! The day has disappeared; now is the time you should be going to sleep but you really haven’t had anytime to relax.
Another challenge for me is when, I lay down at night and my mind begins thinking about a million other things I need to do for the next day. Everything is flipping through my brain because it just doesn’t stop.
On the other hand, finding the right techniques to help me relax has been extremely crucial. It’s all about creating a slow-down routine similar to how you deal with your children. For instance, take away the electronics, stop checking and/or responding to emails and texts, turn the TV off, read a book and just slow-down before it’s time to lay your head down.
DT: Can you share with me a few tips and tricks for getting your kids to go to sleep?
AS: I wish there were tricks but it’s not. It’s more so planning ahead and trying to have the same routine every night. We try not to eat really late, so the kids can be settled, rested, relaxed and ready for bed. Also, if I’m going to let them have a snack or treat during the day, I try to give it to them right after school instead of around bedtime because I think the sugar kind of gets them more riled up again.
DT: What is your personal routine for getting your two children to bed on time?
AS: We give it about a half-hour, we start with brushing our teeth, putting on our pajamas and we read together for 20 minutes if not longer. Then, I sing a good night song to each of my kids separately.
DT: Switching gears, what are you going to miss the most about the Biggest Loser?
AS: The contestants. Meeting all of these amazing people who are so brave for coming onto the show to change their lives. That’s the part I’ll definitely miss the most because it’s been so inspiring to me.
DT: Are you returning to Days of our Lives? If so, what can we expect?
AS: Yes, I’ll be back in October and a little in November for the 50th Anniversary. Expect a lot of tears; it’s all the things you’ve come to miss about Sami, filled with a lot of emotions for sure.