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The best sleep position for youthful skin

Believe it or not, the way you sleep could be preventing you from possessing that youthful glow you’ve been coveting… It might be called ‘beauty sleep’, but if you’re lying in a certain position for 8 hours a night, you’re at risk of compromising your complexion. According to research by Facial Aesthetician Dr Spiegel, prolonged exposure to skin against fabrics can cause lines and wrinkles. We’ve looked at 3 different sleeping positions, and ranked them from worst to youth-preserving.

Your stomach

This position is the worst because it puts the most stress on your body, and your skin – including your face – is pushed up, which increases the risk of wrinkles. The pressure of your face into the pillow leads to fine lines, mostly on your forehead, as well as puffiness around the eyes. Puffiness occurs when your head and your heart lie at the same level when you’re sleeping on your stomach, which means more blood will flow to your face. Wrinkles can be largely avoided by day if you wear skincare containing SPF, and a silk or satin pillow will prevent skin chafing at night.

Your side

Although the best position if you have sinus issues (generally, you won’t snore if you’re lying on your side), it can lead to wrinkles on the side of your face you lie on, as well as in your décolletage. If you’re a heavy sleeper and tend to lie on one side, the skin pushed up against the pillow on this side sits in this position for hours at a time, which means lines tend to form down the cheeks and chin. It can also reinforce frown lines and line arounds the lips. Not ideal. However, as an aside, if you’re pregnant lying on your side can reduce swelling and is said to help blood flow, which encourages essential nutrients to the baby.

Your back

This is the best position for youthful skin. Not only does it prevent wrinkles due to the lack of wrinkle-inducing pressure and friction, but you’ll prevent morning puffy eyes, too. An extra pillow will elevate your head, which ensures no fluid build up whilst you sleep. If you suffer with a bad neck or back, sleeping on your back displaces your weight, which means less stress on your skeletal frame. So it’s a win-win for your skin and body, ensuring you wake up with good skin and no aches or pains.

If you want to make the transition to a better sleeping position, prepare for some trial and error. Habits are hard enough to break when you’re awake, let alone when you’re unconscious. To prevent sleeping on your stomach, invest in a body pillow, as this will prevent rolling onto your face and stomach – this will ensure you’re at least sleeping on your side. To attempt the ideal sleeping position, i.e. on your back, try placing large pillows (the type you might use on a sofa) under your knees or beside your knees or torso. The larger the pillow, the less likely they are to move – and the more likely you are to stay still.

Sweet dreams…