Whenever January comes around there’s a host of new health trends to make you slimmer, prettier and healthier. Perhaps it’s eating only raw food, sticking mud on your face or even some form of Zumba/yoga mash-up – it can be hard to keep up with them all. But one you might have heard of was 2016’s biggest health trend, clean eating.
This lifestyle movement encouraged participants to eat only food made from scratch i.e. no processed foods like your favourite binge meal. Think green kale smoothies, fresh fish and lots of avocado (just not in your favourite guacamole beside some nachos). The meal plan helped lots of dieters lose weight and eat healthier for their bodies, so it was little wonder it kept its popularity throughout the year.
Now it’s 2017 and there’s a new ‘clean’ lifestyle hitting the news. Endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow, the Clean Sleeping movement is set to be one of the hottest health trends this year. But what does the plan encompass?
Well, the plan itself is pretty simple. It wants you to get at least 7 or 8 hours of high quality sleep a night without any distractions. Of course, this isn’t exactly a new idea in the world of sleeping, but what the movement also asks people to do is to take their sleeping much more seriously.
More often than not, people will just accept a bad night’s sleep. Which is okay if it’s a one-off, but when you start to get trouble sleeping more than once or twice a week, this is when the problems can start. Indeed, studies have shown that getting less than 6 hours sleep a night over fourteen days can cause the same adverse side-effects as not sleeping at all for two consecutive days. A pretty shocking fact when you think about it.
In her new book, called Clean Beauty, Paltrow says that sleeping well (or clean) is the main reason why she feels she has aged gracefully, stayed slim and even the reason behind her great hair. Which is probably why it’s called beauty sleep!
But sleeping doesn’t just keep us feeling pretty, sleeping is also essential for our emotional and physical well-being too. By consistently getting yourself a good night’s sleep you’ll find yourself feeling less stressed and more capable of doing your best at work or school. Simply put – the less sleep we get, the more we feel ill and incapable of our normal daily routine.
So 2017 is the time to get our sleeping in order – without any excuses! If you are finding it hard to get to sleep at night, then this is the year to get to the bottom of your sleepless nights. Perhaps you need to change your diet, ditch your phone before bed or it might be time you got yourself a new and comfier mattress. You may even need to visit your doctor as you may have a sleeping condition. Whatever the reason, now is the perfect time to get serious and make this year all about sleeping cleanly.