Posted on February 1, 2018

Why Sleeping on Your Back is Healthy for Your Skin

Beauty/ Skin

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.




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  • Reply Enrique Pasion June 28, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I would agree that sleeping positions are very important to our overall health. To think that we spend hours being on the same position. Thank you for this article.

  • Reply Yang March 14, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I never knew that sleeping position would have an impact on the skin. I sleep on my left side most of the time and I have recently noticed my eyebags are bigger on the left side. Tonight, I will be sleeping on my belly. I will be using two big pillows to keep me from shifting position.

  • Reply Seersucker Sass February 18, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I have been meaning to pick up a silk pillowcase. This post just confirms that I need one! I started sleeping on my back when I got eyelash extensions, and thankfully it has stuck a little bit, even though I do find myself laying on my side in the mornings to cuddle with my dog 🙂

  • Reply Paige February 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    This is SO interesting! I had never thought about sleeping on my back being beneficial for my skin, although my back, shoulders and knees feel better when I do!

  • Reply April February 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    This is definitely interesting to read about! I’ve always been a side sleeper myself and I don’t think I could adjust to sleeping on my back. But I definitely should invest in a silk pillowcase!

  • Reply Michelle February 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I have been trying to stop smashing my face into my pillows and convert to back sleeping for a little while now but I’m STRUGGLING. I’m going to try a couple body pillows, thanks for the tips!

  • Reply alex February 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I never would have even thought about sleep position being good or bad for your skin, but I guess it makes sense!!

  • Reply Azanique February 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I had no idea about this! I always sleep on my front and feel like my skin breaks out more because all of my hair oils seeping into my skin.

    -xo, Azanique |

  • Reply Molly February 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This is so interesting–I’ve never really thought about this! I just can’t get comfortable sleeping on my back…but maybe I need to try a little harder.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • Reply Bella February 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    So stunning!! I love the green on you.

  • Reply Le February 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve heard this and started sleeping on my back more often than not. I had no idea! I haven’t gotten the proper pillow yet though :/

  • Reply Amanda February 13, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I always start out sleeping on my back but then end up on my stomach and smushing my face into the pillow– so bad!

  • Reply Annaliese February 13, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Oooh I always sleep on my back. My mom has always told me that’s not good though!

  • Reply Deborah February 13, 2018 at 6:25 am

    hmm I never thought about how the way I sleep can affect my skin! I think I need to get a better pillow haha

  • Reply Tori February 13, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I never thought about this! Luckily I always sleep on my back haha


  • Reply Grace February 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I can’t sleep in any position but on my back!

  • Reply nicholle February 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I always sleep on my back! I can never be comfortable in other positions!

  • Reply Shaguna February 12, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I definitely notice that the side of my face I sleep on is oiler!

  • Reply Rachel February 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I always slept on my back when I had eyelash extensions because I didn’t want to crush them in the pillow and it was probably the best 8 months of my skin’s life LOL!

  • Reply the sophia diaries February 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    wow, i actually never thought of this… but that is definitely something to keep in mind! i’ve developed myself into a back sleeper, so that’s good at least for my skin in the future haha

  • Reply Brie February 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    This is so true, I always sleep on my boyfriend’s chest and my face always breaks out on that side! I once had a roommate who taught herself to sleep on her back but she looked like she was in a coffin when she was sleeping haha but maybe I should follow her lead

    xo Brie

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