Health & Beauty
Position Yourself for Better Sleep
Waking up on the right side of the bed could be as simple as changing your sleep posture
Sleep Ranking: Bad news ...
Who/What It's Good For:
Sleeping on your stomach isn't necessarily good for anyone. If you have problems with your sinuses or allergies and really can't sleep on your back, it's better to try sleeping on your side than snoozing on your stomach (the transition is also easier).
Who/What It's Bad For:
Sleeping on your stomach comes with an entire list of problems, from more wrinkles to increased neck pain. But keep reading! There are subtle changes you can make to transition into a different position. "Waking up in pain is the clearest indication it's time to change your sleep position," says Dr. Breus. And if you're sleeping on your stomach, you're bound to experience neck pain, because the position keeps your neck turned at an almost 90-degree angle, straining the muscles.
Sleeping on your stomach is also the No. 1 worst position in terms of wrinkles and aging. The pressure of your face pressing into your pillow will lead to more fine lines, in addition to puffiness around the eyes. "When you sleep on your stomach, your head is at the level of your heart, especially if you sleep with a flatter pillow, so you are going to get much more blood flow to your face," says Dr. Day. However, it's also important to remember that your lifestyle still plays into aging. "Sun protection is important no matter what position you're sleeping in. The sun is what's breaking down the collagen in your skin. If you sleep on your stomach but you're someone who never goes out in the sun, you're going to be less likely to get that sleep wrinkle." For a gentler night's sleep on your skin, it's worth investing in a higher thread count or satin pillowcase to avoid chafing.
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