Without a doubt, the biggest wellness trend of the moment is clean sleeping. Sleep is just as important for our health as nutrition and exercise, but it’s also what we most frequently neglect.
It has been a misconception for too long that the most successful people sleep for 3 hours of the day and work for the other 21. But with business moguls like Jeff Bezos prioritising sleep, the world is finally starting to realise that to be (and feel) the best, you need the best rest too.
So before we get into what clean-sleeping is, we thought it was worth highlighting how sleep affects your wellbeing in general.
How does sleep affect wellbeing?
The amount of good quality sleep you get has a huge impact on your mental and physical health. You can usually guess when someone hasn’t had enough sleep. A night of bad sleep can make you irritable, stressed, less focussed and less productive - and just makes you feel terrible in general.
Sleep allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to process information from the day. So forfeiting adequate rest on a regular basis can have can have a significant negative impact on your health, as explained by Gwyneth Paltrow in her article about the benefits of clean sleep:
“My nutrition expert Dr Frank Lipman has explained to me that poor-quality sleep can be unsettling for the metabolism and hormones, which can lead to weight gain, bad moods, impaired memory and brain fog, as well as serious health concerns such as inflammation and reduced immunity (which can increase your risk of chronic disease). And it goes without saying that poor sleep is terrible from a beauty perspective.”
The studies that show healthy sleep habits are linked to better cognition, being more alert and improved emotional wellbeing are endless. Improve your sleep hygiene, and you can see a knock on effect with your physical health and mood - who doesn’t want that?
So what is clean sleeping?
Pioneered by wellness queen and Goop founder, Gwyneth Paltrow, clean sleeping is all about making sleep your first priority “even before you think about your diet.”
Gwyneth recommends 10 hours of sleep every night. However, between us, I can’t see myself going to bed at 9 on a Saturday any time soon, so as long as you aim for the doctor-recommended 7 or 8 hours, you should be in the clear.
But it’s not just about how long you sleep for - clean sleeping centres around getting good quality sleep every night. So even though getting a solid 7 or 8 hours is a good start, you need to also make sure you’re getting deep, undisrupted sleep.
How can you improve your sleep hygiene?
So now you understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep - what can you do to improve your sleeping habits?
Maintain a sleep schedule
The first step to better sleep hygiene is to go to bed at the same time every night. Pick a time that works best for you (preferably before midnight), trying to fall asleep and wake up within the same 20 minute window every day.
Before you go to sleep, create an evening routine that relaxes you and helps you feel ready for bed.
Get any chores out of the way when you first get home so that you have plenty of time to wind down in the evening.
Gwyneth Paltrow recommends yoga nidra (a form of meditation) and massaging your feet with moisturiser, but you can do anything that helps you relax. Just be sure to keep all electronics off for 90 minutes before you plan to fall asleep - the light that comes from phone / computer / TV screens can mimic the effects of sunlight and keep you awake.
Invest in the right equipment
One of the major factors influencing how well you sleep is what you’re trying to sleep on. The more comfortable your bed is, the easier you’ll be able to fall asleep.
If you find that your bed isn’t as comfortable as it once was, a new pillow, duvet or a better quality mattress could be the key to a much better night’s sleep.
In fact, in a 2009 study, 59 healthy men and women slept for 28 nights on their regular mattresses, then another 28 nights on a new medium-firm mattress. They were then asked to rate their stress levels based on a number of different factors. Participants reported a significant decrease in stress after using the new mattress - likely due to the better quality sleep.
If you find that you’re consistently waking up tired, or you wake up a lot during the night, it could be that your current mattress simply isn’t cutting it.
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