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The sleeping mistake that’s adding years to your face

Sleeping seems like the most innocent of actions, but it can be a huge contributing factor to how well you age, even when it comes to your skin. You could have the best lineup of products and religiously follow a strict skincare regimen, and your sleeping habits can still undo all your work and effort. How? It’s all in the way you position yourself for a good night’s rest.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the aging process, the issue is premature aging, specifically caused by something that’s easily avoidable — particularly sleep in this case. If you’re a chronic stomach sleeper or even a side sleeper, this can be contributing to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Dr. Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon told The List previously, “Sleep wrinkles are real and can be permanent. Sure, sleeping on your face for a night after a bender won’t create permanent lines, but if you sleep on your face night after night, year after year, then those sleep wrinkles will eventually stay there permanently.”

The healthiest sleeping position

The key to counteracting this problem is adjusting the way your sleep. But switching up your sleeping position is not easy. It’s not impossible though, and by sleeping on your back — or side if you must — can make a huge difference in the appearance of your complexion. Not just that, but Healthline states that sleeping on your back can also be best for your overall health, protecting your spine, and helping to keep pesky knee pain at bay. 

It’s worth noting back sleepers do not get all the kudos, in some cases. Because this position can be a contributor of pain depending on other underlying conditions you may have. John Hopkins Medicine says that folks with neck pain, acid reflux, and sleep apnea may be better off snoozing on their stomachs or sides. The bottom line is, it’s really a matter of preference and what’s most important to you when it comes to your body.

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