David Yi has been breaking the mold since his days as a fashion writer for Mashable. After reporting on everything from Chanel bags to Rihanna's tour looks on the tech site, Yi set out to redefine beauty and created Very Good Light: “the ultimate men's grooming destination for Generation Z and young millennials.” Today, six years later, Very Good Light stands not only as a men’s beauty site, but as an inclusive beauty community with a full product line.
“Sleep has always been vital to me,” the entrepreneur says. “I need at least eight hours or I feel cranky, or worn out, or out of energy. When I was younger, I could sleep for up to 12 hours but these days, my body can do 6-7 hours and I need a supplemental nap here or there.” Here, he shares what he keeps next to his bed.
What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Strangely, always the right side – is this normal?
What can you not sleep without?
When I lived in NYC it was so noisy, I had to sleep with a specific brand of ear plugs. Now, even in quiet Colorado, I cannot sleep peacefully without them. I've become so dependent on it!
What is currently next to your bed?
A nightstand full of books filled to the ceiling. I have so many books to read and I intend to go on a week-long journey somewhere to just read books. I love anything non-fiction or upmarket fiction by only women of color. There are also creams, moisturizers....
What is the strangest thing that's next to your bed?
I keep a watch next to my bed, something I haven't touched since the beginning of the pandemic. But still, I'll pretend that I may wear it one day, so it still sits next to my bed.
What would you not be able to sleep without being next to your bed?
I cannot sleep without two pillows – either because my neck craves it or I need to hug something.
Do you keep any electronics next to your bed?
I keep this Google Home but she needs to be disconnected – one time she freaked me out by turning on by herself and having conversation alone! It was so rude.
What is your nighttime routine in 5 steps or less?
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