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Best sleeping position for maintaining youthful skin

Best sleeping position for maintaining youthful skin Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

The way you sleep on a pillow can affect the quality of your skin, including wrinkles. Mirror reports how to sleep better at night.

What you need to know

As our skin ages, it becomes thinner, less elastic, and more fragile. Although aging is a natural part of life, fine lines and wrinkles can be a significant concern for many. However, good sleep seems to be genuinely beneficial.

Lack of sleep can weaken the immune system, which may affect the quality and strength of collagen. Experts claim that specific sleeping positions can exacerbate the situation and stimulate visible signs of aging.

The most unfavorable sleeping position for skin quality is a face on the pillow.

When the skin rubs against the pillow or bedsheet at night, it can lead to premature development of wrinkles, especially around our eyes and mouth. Fortunately, simple changes at bedtime can prevent premature aging, including sleeping on your back rather than on your stomach or side.

Sleeping on the side isn't much better. This position accentuates vertical wrinkles, such as frown lines and worry lines, which can be challenging to reduce once formed.

Therefore, the best position for "prolonged and youthful skin" is on the back.

Neil Stanley, the author of the book "How to Sleep Well," found that the most common sleeping position for adults is the fetal position, on the side with knees tucked, with 41% of people sleeping this way.

However, he agreed that sleeping on the back is actually the "ideal position" as it can reduce stress on muscles and joints if you don't have sleep apnea or snoring issues.

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