Venus Williams—tennis champion, equal pay advocate, fashion and beauty mogul, and recently acclaimed interior designer—has a lot going on. That’s just the way she likes it. “You know, it’s better than nothing going on,” she says with a laugh. “I have such a crazy schedule but that’s a blessing when you’re doing what you love to do.”
Williams recently added wellness entrepreneur to her list of titles with the launch of self-care brand Asutra, which features a dreamy line of pain relief and sleep support products that dropped at Target stores across the country this spring.
When it comes to sleep, she’s an expert with a nighttime routine she takes seriously. “I think taking some time for yourself at the end of the day is so important. A lot of us are just moving in so many different directions, whether it’s work or family or whatever—hopefully the last part of the day is just a moment for you to breathe,” she says. “I have to have those moments for my own sanity.”
As Williams puts it, “to do what you love well, you gotta sleep.” So we asked her for her favorite products that help her unwind, and how she makes sure she wakes up with the energy of a woman at the top of half a dozen careers.
My favorite sleep aid
I think a lot of people don’t really know the power of magnesium. I actually travel with magnesium drops, I don’t leave home without those. You can also absorb it through your skin and it helps to ease sore muscles but it also supports sleep. So I really love using Asutra’s Melt the Pain Away Body Butter before bed.
The bed requirements I won’t compromise on
The bed is extremely important. I actually have one of those beds that raises up. Serena has one so I had to upgrade my bed for my sister. Bamboo sheets are definitely a must. The mattress protector has to be soft too.
The sleep kit I never leave home without
The Sleep Tight Kit from Asutra has lavender in the eye cover and also a lavender spray that really relaxes. So that’s my favorite—on the road, I always have to bring it. I actually always run out because I’m always giving it away.
What’s currently sitting on my nightstand
Water. Popcorn. My Asutra Mist Your Mood lavender spray, an ankle brace, and my mom got me an Alexa.
The nighttime skincare product I swear by
My rose oil from Asutra. It’s so beautiful, it smells like roses and it’s got little petals in it and it makes your skin glow. I don’t use it just on my face I use it on my whole body. It’s good when you’re wearing something short, which I always am.