Our skin is like a business card – it promotes our habits and general feeling to the world so everyone can see. For instance, if you go through a time of sadness, your skin won’t be glowing and healthy-looking, but rather dry and frail. On the other hand, if you like fatty foods and binge eat chips in front of the TV instead of going to the gym, your skin will be oily and with blemishes.
However, sometimes you can do everything right and still see marks on your flawless skin. This happens because food and activity are not the only factors that influence the way our skin looks. So does air pollution, exposure to sunlight, and the way we sleep. And when I speak about sleep, I’m not referencing to sleep quality, but rather to the position you favor while in slumber.
What Does Position Have To Do With Anything?
Well, according to recent findings, if you sleep on the side or on the stomach, you may wake up with more skin problems than when you went to bed in the evening. This happens because when you sleep in the mentioned positions, usually half your face is smooshed into the pillow/mattress.
Because we usually sleep in the same position night after night, you will start noticing that one side of your face gets more wrinkles than the other (because of all the smooshing). But this is not the only problem you may notice; because we sweat at night or maybe you forgot to change the pillowcase on time, dust and dirt may get caught in the pores leading to acne and other blemishes.
On the other side, if you sleep on your back, the skin of your face can breathe during the night. And, there’s nothing pressing against your face, so you don’t get the extra wrinkles or pimples either. But sleeping on your back has a secondary effect that also affects the way your skin looks and that is better relaxation.
Because most mattresses are designed for this position, you get better back support. This means that your new lower back pain relief mattress can actually provide a higher level of comfort. Now, if your sleep is good, you’ll wake up energized and your skin will be smoother and healthier than ever.
What Is There To Do?
Now that you learned about the amazing effects this sleeping position has on your skin, you may wonder how to improve your sleeping habits. Changing the way you sleep can be quite a challenge but it’s not that difficult. Here are a few pointers to follow:
- Get a special pillow designed to keep your head in place – this way, when you want to turn to your side, the pillow won’t let you.
- Get side pillows – these are long and can be positioned alongside your body when you sleep. Just like with the head pillow, these will prevent you from turning in your sleep.
- Saw tennis balls to your pajama – it may seem a bit extreme, but it works. The idea is to make it uncomfortable to sleep in any other position, so by sawing tennis balls on the side of your pajama, when you turn on the side, the position will be extremely uncomfortable.
Finally, if nothing seems to work, you can still take measures to prevent the early aging of half of your face. For instance, specialists recommend using natural silk pillowcases. Silk has a smoothing effect on the skin and doesn’t absorb moisture the same way cotton does. Another thing to do is change your pillowcase at least once a weak to avoid skin problems.
At the end of the day, sleep is just as important for a beautiful skin so make sure you don’t ignore your regular schedule.