Did you know that your pillows absorb sebum (an oily substance secreted from the sebaceous glands in the skin) from the skin and hair while you sleep? That sebum residue can be transmitted to your face as you are sleeping on your sides or on your tummy. When this happens regularly, it can lead to skin issues like blackheads, whiteheads, redness, and irritation. When you sleep on your back, your face will automatically be away from the pillow and hence there will be much lesser chances of dirt and oils clinging to it.
Apart from preventing wrinkles on your face, back sleeping can also help you have fewer wrinkles on your neck. Your neck can easily be scrunched and tweaked when you sleep on your stomach, causing unwanted lines and wrinkles on the area. When you sleep on the back, though, you won’t be scrunching your head down into your chest and your neck will be extended. This will help it remain less wrinkly.
Do you often wake up with your face puffy or swollen, particularly in the areas of the upper cheek and around the eyes? Sleeping on your stomach or sides may be causing that. When you lie down with your face on the pillow, the pressure of your face into it creates more puffiness around the eyes. That’s because more blood and fluids flow into your face as your head and your heart are lying at the same level, giving the impression that the area is swollen. A few good nights of back sleeping, where your head is elevated, will help control where the fluid goes and can help you avoid bags and puffiness around the face. You are then likely to wake up looking fresh.
Switching to a different sleeping position isn’t easy for those who have become accustomed to flopping down on their bellies or curling up on their side at night. Moreover, not many find sleeping on the back to be comfortable. The good news is that you can train yourself for back sleeping by using some simple strategies.
* Use a body pillow to stop yourself from rolling onto your face and stomach.
* Put a rolled-up towel under your lower back or a pillow under your knees while sleeping. This should help move pressure from your back and support the body in those places that have natural curves.
* Get a wedge pillow or a bolster pillow from the market. A wedge pillow can assist you with head elevation while a bolster pillow will go under the knees comfortably to support your back.
* To get used to your new sleeping posture, consider creating low lighting in the hours before bedtime. It will help you feel comfortable. You can also put some relaxing scents, like lavender, near your bedside.
* If you feel uncomfortable sleeping on the back, just spread yourself out on the bed. Like a starfish. This will prevent you from moving around much and you can simply spread your limbs fully until you are comfortable enough to doze off.
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