Friday, 20 June 2014

Why you should be sleeping on your back

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping. So what can we do to make our sleep time more beneficial?

I'm currently attempting to train myself to sleep on my back. Inevitably, with your face, neck and chest against your bed, it will be rubbed around a lot in the night, as you move about. Ever woken up with a wrinkle on one side of your face because of this? You get the idea. Doing this over extended periods of time (i.e. 8 hours a night) can cause some damage - as we age, we produce less collagen and our skin finds it more difficult to "bounce back".

Even more reason to make the switch: laying on your stomach constricts blood flow to your face. This can lead to a build up of blood to your under eye area. Even though you've gotten 8 hours shut eye, you can still look a little shabby.

So how can you go from sleeping on your stomach to your back with as little drama as possible?

1. start on a night where you know the next day won't be hectic. It'll take longer than usual to fall asleep, so it won't help to be frantically worrying about how little you'll have slept by morning.

2. get comfy. Buy a pillow that supports your shoulders and neck - you will be less tempted to roll about the place.

3. be persistent! Habits take time, and this is a big change so don't expect miracles over night.

What do you think of my new beauty resolution? Have you made the switch yet?
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