Sleep comes with countless benefits for your health. Unfortunately, most people are not able to get the right amount or quality of sleep. Poor sleep, as expected, comes with many drawbacks. You might have noticed how after a night of sleeplessness you find yourself inattentive, exhausted and groggy all day long. The effects of sleeplessness don’t stop here.
In fact, they stretched to include several health issues including inflammation, lowered immunity, slow metabolic activity, and hormonal disruption among other problems. Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on your beauty as well as it leaves you with dark circles, and dull skin.
While the importance of sleep and how its deficiency can affect your health are long-established, experts are recommending people to get more mindful of their sleep. So much so that this year sleeping well is actually a trend. Essentially, 2020 is all about sleeping healthily without any compromise.
The reason sleep health has emerged as a wellness trend is that it is coming into more focus, how most adults sacrifice their sleep because of the stress and struggle of every day. But such a compromise can weigh heavily with awful consequences.
This brings us to ‘clean sleeping’ a term that has been coined from clean eating by none other than the Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow. But while we know what clean eating is, a healthy diet, what does clean sleeping mean?
What is Clean Sleeping?
You would think that clean sleeping means going to sleep after cleaning yourself up by taking a hot shower or bathing in essential oils. While that is a great way to trigger sleep, clean sleeping is actually simply getting good sleep and making it a number one priority.
Most people skip on sleep due to responsibilities related to home or work which eventually takes a toll on their health. By making clean sleeping an integral part of their routine, they’ll learn to take sleep seriously. Though most other trends introduced by the Avengers actress make less sense, this one is quite a popular and well-received one.
Talking about clean sleeping in her book Clean Beauty, Paltrow said, “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.” However, let’s make one thing clear – excessive sleeping is also unhealthy.
So, sleeping for more than 9 hours is okay if you do it occasionally, but regularly sleeping for 10 hours can be as harmful as not getting ample sleep. Note that both lack or too much of sleep are linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How can you practice clean sleeping?
The first step to becoming a clean sleeper lies in understanding the importance of sleeping well. You need about 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep to wake up refreshed the next day. Not only is your focus raised but your face speaks volumes of how good you feel. Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t only promote clean sleeping for its health benefits but also because it is great for your beauty.
She says that you can make use of copper pillowcases, which can be quite costly, to sleep better and without bacteria that can harm your facial skin or hair. You can simply invest in hypoallergenic cotton pillowcases which aren’t too expensive as an alternative if you find copper pillowcases too high priced.
Other than this, make sure you are using a high-quality mattress as well. Some other ways to ensure you get good sleep include the following:
- Set your timings: attune your body to sleeping and waking at the same time every day to achieve your sleep goals.
- Don’t take daytime naps: with you sleeping during the day, there’s a chance you’ll have trouble catching nighttime sleep which is more important.
- Say no to caffeine and alcohol prior to bed: drink your caffeine and alcoholic beverages several hours before bedtime so that they don’t hamper your sleep.
- Get off the phone: turn off your internet connection at night and don’t check notifications when in bed.
Gwyneth Paltrow also recommends creating nighttime rituals for promoting better sleep. These include taking a hot bath before sleeping or getting a foot massage. What’s more, relaxing and meditating are some great ways to boost your sleep as well.
Should you go for a sleep coach?
Talking about healthy sleep as a wellness trend, did you know that sleep coaches exist? Yep, they do. There was a time when only babies had these professionals helping them practice sleeping better, but now adults are making use of sleep coaches or sleep consultants as well. These experts alter the individuals’ lifestyle in ways that support healthy sleep.
For instance, a sleep coach would tell you how your room’s ambiance can be changed to help you sleep better and which habits of yours should be quit for better sleep. Each person gets a personalized opinion. Sleep consultants can be quite beneficial for those who have trouble sleeping or a condition related to sleep such as sleep apnea, insomnia and the like.
If you are looking to try sleep consultants for improving your sleep, know that prices can be up to $100 and for more extensive sessions they can even cost a whopping sum of $10,000. Clean sleeping though, is not expensive. You simply need to make some little lifestyle changes to get proper sleep at night.