We’re always on the hunt for the next great bedtime routine. In our Sleeping With… series, we ask people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life how they make sleep magic happen.
Jane Fonda has been standing up for what she believes in long before hashtags and Instagram challenges. Though these days, some of us might recognize Fonda, 83, from her TikTok presence, her public arrest while protesting fossil fuel use in Washington, D.C., or her hit Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, others revel in Fonda’s classics: 9 to 5, Jane Fonda’s Workout, and her long history of activism.
SELF caught up with Fonda, who is currently promoting a line of hemp products from Uncle Bud’s, to talk all things self-care in quarantine. “I don’t smoke pot to get high anymore,” Fonda tells SELF. Now she uses CBD roll-ons in an effort to care for her osteoarthritis and smokes a Dosist pen before bed to help her fall asleep. Rad. Read on below for Fonda’s bedtime beauty routine, her thoughts on the weighted blanket trend, and why she absolutely loves being single at 83.
I’m totally alone three days a week. And I love being alone.
I have my dog. That’s important. And I’ve never minded being alone. I do not get lonely. I read a lot. I write a lot. I’m active on social media. I prepare for my Fire Drill Fridays [a weekly virtual rally for climate change]. So I like being alone. The rest of the week, there’s a pod. There’s my assistant and a man who handles house things, if something goes wrong with the house, and he also cooks. So I’m not 100% alone all of the time.
But when I say I’m alone, I mean there’s nobody in bed with me.
Oh, my God, I mean, one of my husbands liked to go to bed early like I did. But needless to say, when we got in bed together I wasn’t reading or watching TV very much. Another husband liked to write during the night. Two of my three husbands were night owls. So we didn’t often get in bed at the same time.
I sleep, on average, nine hours a night. My dad always told me as you get older, you don’t need to sleep as much. I find it’s not true for me. I really don’t do well unless I get a lot of sleep. I know it’s good for me, so I’m glad that’s the case.
I’m an early-to-bed kind of person.
Around 6 p.m I put Weleda Skin Food on my legs and arms. I used to get way too much sun, and on my legs and arms the skin gets dry, so I use a very rich cream. To clean my face off, I use a L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelette. It comes in a little package. So I use that. And then I have a tonic, from Mila Moursi. She is a French woman who has products. There’s a cleansing toner that I spray on my face, and while that’s drying I brush my teeth using Sensodyne.
Then I’ll put different things on my skin after it’s clean.
Sometimes I use Uncle Bud’s Organic Hemp Oil Overnight Face Mask. [Ed. note: Fonda is an Uncle Bud’s spokesperson.] Sometimes I use a product, again, from Mila Moursi. It’s called the Anti-Wrinkle Cream. And that’s what I put on my face.
I’m usually in bed by 6:30 or 7 p.m.
See, I live by myself. I don’t have a husband or a lover, so I can kind of do whatever I want. I’m usually in bed pretty early. I have a bed where you can lift up the head and lift up the feet. You know, like a hospital bed. It’s a very comfortable mattress. So I raise the head and I raise the feet, and I start to watch television.