In our Sleep with… In the series, we talk to people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life to find out how they’re doing sleep Magic happen.
Jemele Hill is a versatile sports writer – but don’t tell her to stick with the sport. The author and presenter ended a 12-year career at ESPN in 2018, where she co-hosted the 6 p.m. hour of sport Center. She has since joined The Atlantic as the contributing writer and host of the popular Spotify podcast Jemele Hill is undisturbed. Your final step in your career is Keep doing sports, a new late-night show on VICE TV that she co-hosts with best friend (and veteran sports journalist) Cari Champion.
One day in Hill̵
On her new sleep schedule
I would like to say that I’m the guy who gets nine hours of sleep, but that’s kind of impossible too. During the week, I think it’s a win if I can fall asleep before midnight. I feel like my sweet spot is really between 10:30 and 11:30. It’s funny though – I kind of feel washed up because I’ve probably had a good 12 to 15 years of my career not having to get up early for anything. I was a sports journalist covering teams and leagues. So you have a different team plan. There’s usually never anything early in the morning because you’re reporting on games at night. It was perfect because I got to sleep late and didn’t really have to be anywhere long before noon, so I was a night owl. But when I started doing television when I was on ESPN, my schedule completely turned around. I become what I hate most about what an early riser is, even to the point that I’m the type that I now find it hard to sleep after 8:30 am on the weekends.
When I’m not a morning person
Although unfortunately my schedule doesn’t allow me any other option, I’m not a morning person. I also still adapt to life on the west coast. This is my first time living on the west coast and anyone who lives on the west coast can tell you how it feels to work two work days at the same time because you take into account the people you have on the east coast to treat. Your day might end at 6 a.m., or sometimes 5 a.m. So it’s a much earlier start time than ever before in my life. On many days you can start at 6 or 6:30 a.m. and go straight until 7 or 8 p.m.
I am the type of person who needs to relax in my day. My husband is just the opposite. The alarm could go off and he’s about to wake up. I am the person who slumber three times. And when I hit snooze, I still lie there for a good 20 minutes. I could check my phone or just turn on the TV. I don’t have to feel like my day starts with a shotgun launch. I just have to relax into the day.