HOW SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK CAN SAVE YEARS OFF YOUR FACE
I realize sleeping on your back may not sound very comfortable or you may think it doesn’t have anything to do with anti-aging. I have discovered the opposite to be true. Sleeping on your back is known for the benefits on your spine and neck, but it also has beauty benefits. While you sleep your body works on repairing damaged cells. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason and one of the best natural anti-aging solutions around.
As someone who’s slept most of her life on her stomach, this was not an easy decision. But the benefits outweighed my bad habit. It was an adjustment for me but I quickly adapted to my new sleeping position. Back sleeping helps your entire body relax, which reduces inflammation allowing better results for cell turnover in the face. Sleeping on your back can also help you have fewer wrinkles on your neck. When you’re not scrunching your head down into your chest while you sleep, your neck is extended, which helps it be less wrinkly over time.
Sleeping on your stomach, with your face deep into the pillow, might be the worst sleeping position if you’re concerned about sleep-related wrinkles. These are different than expression lines that you get from smiling and frowning. Wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity, which reduces skin volume. Repeated pressure from sleeping will eventually lead to wrinkles and sometimes acne too. We all know that our body heals while it sleeps so why would you not want to be in the best position for it.
FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO
So let’s get down to it. First you need to right kind of pillow to support your back sleeping position. Now I know there are pillows on the market that are strictly for training you to sleep on your back but I couldn’t decide which one to get so I created my own method. I use a memory foam pillow (make sure it’s a high quality pillow designed for back sleeping) and I encase it with a satin pillow case. Why satin? A cotton pillow case can become scrunched up beneath our delicate skin as our face lays heavily on the pillow, causing lines when we awake. Over time, these lines become permanent. A satin texture is much more gentler on our skin and makes sleeping feel more luxurious.
SECOND THING YOU NEED TO DO
Second, I take two small pillows (they are actually my decorative pillows for my bed) and place them along both sides of my body, creating a nice snug fit. If you’re afraid the pillows might move or fall off the bed, I place the pillows under my blanket and that helps prevent them from moving. Now if you find yourself moving the pillows at night so you can turn your body, just keep putting the pillows back by your side and you will get used to it. It only took me a couple of days but it might take you longer. Just keep at it, I promise it will be worth it. You will eventually find yourself not waking up in the middle of the night, not tossing and turning, sleep more comfortable, and will awake still on your back. You also won’t wake up with lines on your face and it allows fluid to drain properly, helping to prevent puffy eyes.
Still not convinced you can change from a stomach or side sleeper to a back sleeper? Turn it into a challenge with a reward at the end for completing it. What’s the worse that can happen? You go back to sleeping on your stomach? Just remember that sleeping on your back isn’t just to prevent wrinkles. It’s also healthy for neck, spine, and breathing. Those all sound like win win situations to me. I would love for you to let me know how it goes for you in the comments.