Clean Sleeping – a simple and cheap way to improve your health
No doubt you’ve heard about the concept of clean eating, we’re all over that, but what about clean sleeping?
Bizarrely Gwyneth Paltrow mentioned this in 2016 as something she practices to make her feel healthy and well; the good news is, it’s easy to do and doesn’t come with a Hollywood price tag.
There’s no point leading a clean eating lifestyle if you spend the whole night with rubbish sleep. Gwyneth wrote that ‘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.”
A good sleep nights sleep is essential to our health and well-being as it allows our bodies and minds to recharge and repair. However, we don’t make our sleep environment ‘clean’ enough to get the 7-9 hours we should be getting.
What actually ‘Clean Sleeping’?
Clean sleeping is exactly that – sleeping the way nature intended with no pills or gimmicks and in a room which is devoid of ‘noise’.
So how do you do it?
- Have a dark room – Our eyes respond to bright lights so make sure you invest in a good pair of curtains or fake it when away from home using a soft eye mask like the XXX to ensure your slumber is deep.
- Limit noise in the room – make sure you go to sleep somewhere quiet. I know we can’t all live in somewhere remote so this can be tricky but try your best. If in doubt, use earplugs to cheat
- Ban technology – Don’t have technology in the bedroom – TVs, phones, hair dryers – get rid of all that electrical energy.
- Go to bed at the same time each night and don’t eat or drink anything half an hour before bed. If nothing else you won’t wake for a 3am toilet trip.
- Get up at the same time each day and have breakfast within thirty minutes of waking.
- Create a bedtime ritual that you love – for me that is having a bath and putting on pyjamas an hour before bed and writing my plan for the following day. My favourite bath essence is Neals Yard XXXX
- Nothing unnatural in the bedroom! – I’m not being saucy here; what I mean here is no plug in air fresheners, spraying perfumes or deoderants. If you have to do anything then use a bit of lavender on your pillow. I also cannot promote FRESH AIR enough – open a window; it’s free and will keep your bedroom cool.
- Don’t go to bed wired! By this I mean turn the TV off half an hour before bed, write down anything you need to think about the next day and generally start to switch off gradually. Don’t have sugar or caffeine before bed. If you take medication, check it doesn’t interfere with your sleep if you take it at night.
- Keep it clean – Make an effort to keep your sheets fresh and wash them in natural washing liquid. Keep your bedroom walls clean of busy art. The ideal bedroom should simply contain a bed!
- Invest in a good mattress/bedding – I have friends that have spent a fortune on a sofa, hundreds on a single pair of shoes yet have had the same cheap Argos bed for fifteen years. You spend more time in bed than anywhere so make sure it’s a bed that’s comfortable and supportive.
- Always go to bed clean! Make an effort to take off you make up and treat your skin to a deliciously organic moisturizer such as Temple Spa Repose
- Have some crystals by the bed such as amethyst or black tourmaline which will bring healing energy to your dreams and promote deep sleep. You can also use a Himalayan salt lamp to purify the air half an hour before.
The list of benefits that come from great sleep include, but certainly aren’t limited to: a reduced susceptibility to disease, more energy, less brain fog, an improved mood, better weight control, and better sex. Wins all around.
To see if all this works for you, why not keep a sleep journal. Write down what you tried and how it impacted your sleep and let me know! Not everything on this list will work for everyone but I’m sure there will be one thing that may help you.