Clean sleeping was coined by actress Gwyneth Paltrow who claims it’s last year’s biggest health trend. What is clean sleeping? It’s the idea of putting sleep above all else and creating a healthy sleeping schedule. This concept is not a new one -- clean sleeping is a reminder to all of us that sleep matters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults get seven hours or more of sleep every night. Do you? We’ve all felt the effects of a bad night’s rest. Research is suggesting that quality of sleep is linked to management of chronic diseases. Sleep disorders have been associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. To reduce your risk of chronic disease and to be healthier and happier, consider establishing a better sleep routine.
Simple tips to sleep better:
Remove electronics from your room. Consider getting an alarm clock and not sleeping with your phone by your side. Keep your TV in the living room and not in your bedroom. Try reading a few pages from a book or a magazine to help you fall asleep.
Keep caffeinated drinks as a morning ritual. Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon may be beneficial for your sleep cycle.
Avoid eating a large dinner or snack right before bedtime. Give yourself time to digest before heading to bed.
Exercise. Being physically active during the day might make it easier to fall asleep and sleep well throughout the night.
Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Creating a quiet, dark and relaxing bedroom may make for a better night’s rest.
Create a consistent bedtime routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time can help you establish a good sleeping routine.
Written By: Charlotte Walker, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern