Clean Sleep = deep sleep
Discover the new recipe for a great night’s rest that will leave you feeling on top of the world
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, amazon.co.uk).
‘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
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.