Sleep is a wonderful thing, but a lot of people don't get enough of it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of three American adults are not getting enough sleep.
This is problematic.
Sleep deprivation is linked to the development of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress.
We all need to try to get at least seven hours of sleep, but ideally eight — the recommended healthy duration — in 2017.
In a recent article for the Daily Mail, Paltrow and the editors of Goop wrote,
You might think it's just a midlife thing, but if you find yourself feeling irritable, anxious or depressed, if you get easily frustrated, forgetful or struggle to cope with stress like you used to, it could be because you're not getting enough good-quality sleep. 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. 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... Although there are beauty tricks that can make a difference, there's no comparable substitute for good sleep in terms of how it can make you feel.
It's tempting to ignore celebrities on serious topics like health, but Paltrow has a point.
Research shows sleep deprivation is linked to eating more.
In other words, if you don't get enough sleep, you might find yourself packing on the pounds.
Getting more sleep is essential to avoiding a slew of health problems.
Establishing a healthy sleep schedule is all about discipline. It means avoiding things like caffeine and alcohol later in the day, and staying away from cell phones and other similar devices before bedtime (the blue light is bad for getting a good night's rest).
Give yourself more of an excuse to be lazy in the coming year, and embrace the refreshing beauty of clean sleeping.
You won't regret it.