You may have heard of clean eating, but have you read anything about clean sleeping? – Backed by Gwyneth Paltrow in her new book, Goop Clean Beauty, she swears that her youthful glow and slim physique are down to a good night’s sleep.
She says: “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 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 10.”
Gwyneth explains that particularly as she approaches middle age, sleep is becoming more the most important part of her healthy lifestyle: “That’s because the body repairs itself and detoxifies overnight, and it’s this process — happening efficiently — that allows you to look your best the next day. But as menopause approaches, changes in hormones can lead to troubled sleep.”
It might be night sweats, or thoughts rushing through your mind, but the undulating hormonal cocktail of midlife commonly leaves women sleep-deprived and stumbling through the day like a zombie.
With some hints from Gwyneth, and some expert advice, we’ve put together the ultimate clean sleeping guide:
If you’re really looking forward to a proper nights sleep, make sure you stay out of the kitchen and away from temptations after dinner. Gwyneth says to ban bedtime snacks and explains that you should have a 12 hour fasting window, which means finishing dinner by 8pm and having breakfast at 8am.
One of the simplest ways to have a good clean sleep is to make sure you’re completely relaxed when you go to bed. Gwyneth recommends a head or foot massage but you can also distress after a long day with a bath with essential oils.
Gwyneth swears by copper infused pillows as part of her clean sleeping lifestyle. The copper can help boost the skin’s collagen and elastin levels and has been proven to have antibacterial qualities.
If you’re not quite on the same budget as the Goop founder, you can always boost your collagen levels through your diet. Collagen is found in dark green vegetables, citrus fruits and peppers.
Although it might not be for everyone, the clean sleeping guide includes wearing some form of heated socks to regulate the temperature of your feet while you sleep.
Gwyneth recommends using “Psychic Sleep”, a form of meditation that allows your body to get all the benefits of sleep while you’re actually still awake! There are many meditation apps on the market and you can find playlists on YouTube.
Not only is meditation beneficial for your sleep it also great for reducing stress and easing anxiety.
You’ve heard it once and now you’re hearing it from Gwyneth, make sure your bedroom is a technology-free zone. That’s phones, TV, computers – everything.
If you’re looking for a little natural help, Gwyneth’s health guru, Dr Frank Lipman has got you covered. For those who have trouble sleeping, one of the supplements he suggests is magnesium.
Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and helps relax our muscles; it is also needed for conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and melatonin, which helps you sleep.
Do you have trouble sleeping? What do you think of clean sleeping? – Just another silly A-list fad? Let us know in the comments below.