Clean Sleep = deep sleep

Dis­cover the new recipe for a great night’s rest that will leave you feel­ing on top of the world

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If you don't snooze, you lose. Dis­cover the new recipe for a great night’s rest

One of the big­gest buzz­words of the last few years, the clean eat­ing rev­o­lu­tion gave us prom­ises of su­per­charged well­ness, but now there’s a new trend de­signed to op­ti­mise ev­ery as­pect of our lives – clean sleep­ing.

But this isn’t just about clean sheets or keep­ing the bed­room reg­u­larly hoovered.

The term was first coined by ac­tress and blog­ger Gwyneth Pal­trow in her book Goop Clean Beauty (£10, ama­

‘The life­style I lead is based not only on clean eat­ing, but also on clean sleep­ing: I aim to get at least seven or eight hours of good, qual­ity sleep – and ide­ally 10,’ she wrote. ‘Sleep plays such a pow­er­ful role in deter­min­ing your ap­petite and en­ergy lev­els that I be­lieve it should be your first pri­or­ity, even be­fore you think about your diet.’

The idea be­hind clean sleep­ing is to get rid of bad sleep­ing habits and try to get at least seven or eight hours of good, un­in­ter­rupted, high qual­ity sleep each night to en­able com­plete restora­tion and detox­i­fi­ca­tion of your mind and body, leav­ing you feel­ing hap­pier and more en­er­gized and pos­i­tive.

If you don’t snooze, you lose

We spend around a third of our lives in bed but many of us com­plain of poor sleep. Ex­perts ad­vise seven to eight hours a night, but the lat­est Great Bri­tish Bed­time Re­port shows that al­most three-quar­ters of us get less than seven, with one in 10 of us man­ag­ing fewer than five hours.

Wor­ry­ingly, the same study in­di­cates that as many as 35 per cent of us have suf­fered from sleep­ing prob­lems for more than five years.

Even if you’ve suf­fered just one night’s bad sleep you’ll know the short-term ef­fects, from lethargy and grumpi­ness to low con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and feel­ing less con­nected to your ‘self’. There are also more se­ri­ous health con­se­quences of long-term sleep de­pri­va­tion. With­out enough restora­tive slum­ber, we’re at risk of con­di­tions such as pre­ma­ture age­ing and heart dis­ease.

Clean­ing up your sleep will re­store bal­ance to your body’s nat­u­ral cy­cle while si­mul­ta­ne­ously boost­ing your mind/body well­be­ing.

‘Ev­ery­thing we do dur­ing our wak­ing day af­fects the clean­ness and pu­rity of our sleep. Clean sleep is sim­ply sleep that is ‘un­mud­died’ by the noise of the day,’ says sleep ex­pert Dr

Ne­rina Ram­lakhan.

Yet mak­ing some small ad­just­ments to your daily rou­tine – try­ing al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies, life­style tweaks and even chang­ing when you eat – could all have a huge im­pact on the qual­ity of your sleep. If you want to sleep smarter, here’s a run­down of what to do for a ‘clean’ night’s shut-eye.

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