Is “Clean Sleeping” the Secret to a Better Night of Sleep?

Girl sleeping in bed with wooden backdrop and skylight.

While everyone’s been concerning themselves with clean eating, the queen of eccentric, far out wellness tips, Gwyneth Paltrow, has been making her way over to another “clean” wellness philosophy: the idea of clean sleeping.

To be clear, clean sleeping isn’t quite as revolutionary as it may sound. In fact, the idea basically just calls for people to strive for a minimum of seven or eight hours – up to ten, if you’d like – of uninterrupted, quality shuteye every night. So while the concept isn’t exactly introducing anything new to the wellness scene, it is addressing the fact that sleep is often not considered equal to things like a healthy diet and fitness when it comes to getting and staying healthy. So by promoting the idea of clean sleeping, Paltrow and her team over at Goop are essentially striving to make sleep a priority for people who might otherwise overlook its importance.

“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,” Paltrow wrote in the Daily Mail. According to the celeb – or, more correctly, her nutrition expert – sleep is so closely linked with hormones and metabolism, meaning that poor sleep can ultimately lead to weight gain, irritability, impaired memory, and brain fog, among more serious health concerns like reduced immunity.

So, yes, the idea behind clean sleeping isn’t really much of a revelation. But it does help keep us conscious of how we think about sleep in relation to other healthy habits. After all, if we’re putting better sleep on the same level as, say, eating more whole foods, chances are we’ll be in pretty good shape.

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