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Is ‘clean sleeping’ 2017’s biggest health trend?

Why A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow want us to embrace the trend

By Alexia Dellner, 28 December 2016
Is ‘clean sleeping’ 2017’s biggest health trend?

You've probably already heard of the concept of clean eating, where the idea is to focus on eating as many healthy and whole foods as possible. But have you ever considered 'clean sleeping?'

"Sleep plays such a powerful role in determining your appetite and energy levels that I believe it should be your first priority"

Actress and wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow coined the term in a recent article for the Daily Mail, where she described her own sleeping regime and detailed the importance of getting a full eight hours.

"The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep — and ideally even ten. 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 actress wrote.

Although Gwyneth is certainly not a medical professional, she may actually have a point. Research has shown that consistent poor quality sleep can indeed have a negative effect on your health.

And according to the article, clean sleeping is also the key to ageing gracefully, staying slim, and even having great hair. Hey, there's a reason why it’s called beauty sleep!

"Call it vanity, call it health, but I know there’s a huge correlation between how I feel and what I look like when I roll out of bed in the morning," the A-list actress says. 

But what exactly is clean sleeping?

Essentially, it's just getting a decent night's kip on a regular basis. That means getting about seven to eight hours (or more if you like!) of uninterrupted sleep each night. 

Of course, not all of us have the luxury of being able to sleep a solid 10 hours each night like Gwyneth (we wish!) however there are a few things that you can do to improve your sleep quality. 

Experts say that cutting out technology at least 45 minutes before hitting the sack is key to a good night's sleep. In other words, no television, computer screens or phones in bed! That's because the blue screen lights trick our brains into thinking that it’s daytime, which keeps us alert and unable to get a good night’s rest. 

Getting a bit of exercise every day, staying hydrated and sticking to a routine are also brilliant tips for enjoying good quality sleep consistently, says sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley.

Trends may come and go, but trying to get a good night's sleep each night is one that we can definitely get on board with! Get more sleep advice to help you catch your zzz's here. Sweet dreams...