Composer Max Richter (The Leftovers) researched states of slumber while writing his eight-hour classical ode to repose, 2015’s SLEEP -- which, along with the hourlong From Sleep, earned 37.7 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Music. Ahead of performing the lullaby in Los Angeles’ Grand Park as attendees sleep on provided beds, Richter, 52, shares how to get the best rest.
Yes -- Count Sheep
“Traditional methods for falling asleep work. Non-taxing, repetitive mental tasks have a lulling effect, and I built those patterns into SLEEP.”
Do As You're Told
"It’s all kinds of obvious: Make sure your body clock isn’t messed up; don’t have coffee or stimulants before bed; stay away from screens."
"We have a very screen-based life -- we’re cogs in a late-capitalist machine, and we’re always on. Sleep is an act of resistance against that."
Follow His Lead
"Sleep is probably my favorite activity. I wrote this piece out of gratitude that I’m able to sleep well as an offering to people who don’t."