Why clean sleeping is the 2017 health trend you need to know about

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Make 2017 the year we sort our sleep out.

2016 was all about clean eating. Every meal had to be made with whole foods. Ingredients were analysed. Green juices were chugged.

And now we’re all a bit tired.

So it makes sense, then, that 2017’s biggest health trend is all about giving us the rest and recuperation we all deserve and desperately need.

According to beacons of health and wellness (apart from when they’re recommending vagina steaming) Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop team, clean sleeping – meaning at least seven or eight hours of good, uninterrupted, high quality sleep each night – is the health trend everyone needs to get involved with in 2017.

What is clean sleeping?

Clean sleeping is, essentially, just getting a decent night’s sleep on a regular basis.

That means at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night (or more, if you fancy), free of interruption and distraction.

It’s all about taking sleep a bit more seriously and dedicating the time to getting the sleep we all need. No excuses.

Now, to be clear, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t a new bit of advice – we’ve been banging on about the importance of rest for ages.

But let’s make 2017 the year we all stop messing about, working too hard, and skipping something that’s really bloody important for our health and wellbeing: sleep.

 

Six easy ways to improve your sleep:

  • Give yourself a bedtime – and stick to it even at the weekends

  • Use the hour before bed as quiet, relaxing time free of technology

  • Stop drinking caffeine from around 4pm

  • Avoid alcohol before bed

  • Keep your phone on silent and away from your bed

  • Get outside and exercise during the day

Gwyneth recommends clean sleeping in her new book, Clean Beauty, explaining that getting a good night’s sleep does wonders for your appearance.

She credits clean sleeping as the key to ageing gracefully, staying slim, and even having great hair.

Which is all true – there’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep.

But consistently getting a good night’s sleep is also essential for your physical and mental health, lowering stress and ensuring your mind stays sharp enough to process information and react to it.

So, now we’re in that weird in between Christmas and New Year stage, take these days to dedicate yourself to getting eight hours of sleep on a regular basis.

Let’s make 2017 the year we stop being exhausted, overworked messes. Let’s get some damn sleep.

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