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Gwyneth Paltrow: 'Sleep is more important than diet'

Gwyneth Paltrow "knows" there's correlation between sleep and looking good.

Gwyneth Paltrow advocates getting at least eight hours of "good quality" sleep each night.

The actress and lifestyle guru is known for her clean eating habits, but her attention to her health extends further than just a good diet.

Writing for Britain's Daily Mail Online, Gwyneth, 44, has explained why getting enough sleep is so important.

"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," Gwyneth explained.

"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."

The Iron Man star adds that sleep plays a "powerful role" in determining appetite and energy levels, and that for the Oscar-winner, concentrating on sleep is her first priority, even over diet.

Gwyneth, who founded lifestyle website Goop in 2008, admits she's "eternally curious about health and wellness" but doesn't see herself as an expert. Because of this, she has built up a support team to help her learn more.

"My nutrition expert Dr Frank Lipman has explained to me that poor-quality sleep can be unsettling for the metabolism and hormones, which can lead to weight gain, bad moods, impaired memory and brain fog, as well as serious health concerns such as inflammation and reduced immunity (which can increase your risk of chronic disease)," she continued. "And it goes without saying that poor sleep is terrible from a beauty perspective.

"Call it vanity, call it health, but I know there's a huge correlation between how I feel and what I look like when I roll out of bed in the morning."

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