Out of bed with Kelly and Michael, author Kristen Brown takes questions from her own

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 7:26 AM

When last many saw Kristen Brown, she was in a bed on ABC’s “Live with Kelly & Michael” with the hosts of that show.

The Twin Cities author was promoting her latest book, “The Happy Hour Effect: Twelve Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life.” Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were gamers, changing into pajamas for the segment. Kelly said she was wearing her actual pajamas, while Michael was faking it as he admitted he sleeps in the buff.

Brown advised the TV hosts to enhance their sleep by laying out the next day’s wardrobe, just as they would do for their kids. Other recommendations included keeping your room’s sleep temperature between 62 and 68 degrees, turning off the electronic monitors well before you want to sleep, and drinking hot tea in a bedroom with dimmed lights. Brown has posted the video of the segment at her website: www.HappyHourEffect.com.

Hearing all Brown’s advice made me curious to see her Twin Cities bedroom. It was very tidy, but it wasn’t the way it will ultimately look, as the room was being prepped for a paint job when I came over with my camera to shoot a startribune.com/video.

Brown’s bestselling first book, “The Best Worst Thing,” is a memoir about her husband, Todd Brown, dying in 2007 when their daughter, Brooke, now 6, was a baby. Brown’s in the market for a man. She’d like someone who looks like Bradley Cooper but makes better dating decisions, as you’ll read here.


Q What’s the correct phrase: “stress release” or “stress relief”?

A Both work. We want release from the tension and anxiety of stress and relief from the symptoms and challenges it can bring.


Q How do you become a stress relief expert?

A It’s all about the combination of personal, professional and educational experience. I experienced extreme personal stress as a young widow mom. I have been in corporate America for years, which is a stressful place to be much of the time. Plus, I have been a stress expert for five years through my writing, media appearances, coaching and speaking. And on top of that, I’m a certified holistic health coach and master’s certificate holder in integral theory (the art and science of multiple perspectives and growth). So it’s a mixed bag.


Q What are the finer points of a good bedroom?

A When you are in bed, ensure it’s a place you want to be. You want to be in a place where eight hours of your life are going to be spent. For me, it’s a nice soft blanket, nice bedding.


Q Let me see your sheets.

A All right. They don’t even match the bedspread. I go for soft — nothing fancy.


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