Wrinkled Like Dogs

There is absolutely no debate that a good night's sleep is essential to our mental and physical health. Sleep is even vital to our appearance. That's why everyone suggests getting seven to eight hours of beauty sleep to prevent dark circles under our eyes and to produce more HGH (human growth hormone) that helps keep skin thicker and more elastic. But is there a wrinkle hiding in all that beauty sleep?

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to an accumulation of wrinkles or sleep lines that etch into the surface of the delicate facial skin. These aren't the impressions of the pillow or wrinkled sheet that eventually disappear. These wrinkles remain and increase as we age due to the repetitive stretching and pulling that occurs against our face while we sleep.

The average person sleeps about 2,500 hours each year and that's plenty of time for wrinkles to form. The position that your head rests on the pillow will determine the location of the sleep wrinkles. Side sleepers see wrinkles on cheeks and chin. Stomach sleepers compress their face into the pillow and will see facial distortion and wrinkles on the forehead.

Who has the fewest sleep wrinkles? Back sleepers. Since the face does not make contact with the pillow, there is little distortion to the tissues through the years.

Tips To Prevent Sleep Wrinkles

  1. Sleep on your back. The only way to avoid sleep contact wrinkles on your face is to prevent your face from touching the pillow.
  2. Choose a firm pillow that does not bunch up and cause impressions on the face. A contoured memory foam pillow that promotes proper head and shoulder alignment is more likely to support your head and encourage a back sleeping position.
  3. Use a pillow cover like silk or satin that allows facial tissues to glide over the fabric. Even using a higher weave count (more threads per inch) of cotton produces a silkier fabric than a pillowcase with a lower weave count.

Changing your normal sleeping position can be difficult. Even if you start out falling asleep on your back, the average person changes positions around twenty times during the night. But any time spent on your back will reduce the accumulation of wrinkles on your face.

There are ways to train yourself to sleep on your back. Using a u-shaped buckwheat shaped pillow to support your neck can discourage turning. Place a pillow under your knees. Adding body pillows on each side of you can also help keep your sleep position from changing. Even if you do turn to the side, much of your weight will be supported by the body pillow relieving pressure on your face. Alternatively, the Nature's Sleep Glacier Gel memory foam mattress is designed to support sleepers on their backs, all night long, in proper comfort and alignment.

If sleeping on your back is just impossible, use the body pillow to prop up your shoulder and part of your chest. Then throw your leg and hip over it. This position will keep your head turned somewhat away and lifting weight off the pillow.

No matter your sleep position, remember, skimping on sleep will cause much more harm than a few sleep wrinkles!