Does your sleeping habits cause facial wrinkles?

Sleeping positions are one of the main causes of static wrinkles. Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on end also leads to wrinkles. These wrinkles, AKA sleep lines, eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow

Causes Of Sleep Wrinkles

Sleep wrinkles are caused by repeatedly pulling, stretching and pushing the skin on the face during sleep. This generally is a problem for those who sleep on their side or stomach. Patients who tend to sleep on only one side will develop sleep wrinkles on that side of the face only. Expression wrinkles generally appear on both sides of the face. Just like sleeping positions can cause sleep wrinkles, lack of sleep can also cause wrinkles.

In a recent clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder and conducted by physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, the term “beauty sleep” may reflect truth. The team studied the skin of 60 women. Their findings concluded that women who slept only 5 hours per night for one month had double the amount of wrinkles and spots compared to those who slept at least 7 hours. The 5-hour sleepers also recovered from sunburn at a slower rate than those who slept 7 hours.

How To Deal With Sleep Wrinkles?

It is important to remember that your body attempts to repair itself during slumber. Your energy and cellular functions set out to repair damage and help your body recover. As far as your skin is concerned, sleep prepares it to defend itself against the environment. If you are not getting enough sleep, you are not allowing your body’s natural defenses to work for the period of time needed. A minimum of 7 hours a night is recommended by experts to achieve the ultimate skin health. To benefit from sleep the most, you should sleep on your back if at all possible. There are certain sleep pillows designed to prevent sleep wrinkles on the market that may be helpful to you. You can also try to retrain your body to remain on your back. You can do this by falling asleep with the intention to remain on your back. Make sure you find the most comfortable position. If you are uncomfortable, you are more likely to switch positions in your sleep.

Satin pillowcases provide a slippery surface, which helps to reduce* friction between your skin and the pillow. If you can stop* the fabric from bunching, you may be able to reduce* the lines that get ingrained in your face during sleep. Consuming alcohol close to bedtime creates facial puffiness, which can enhance* sleep wrinkles.

Avoiding sleep wrinkles is a difficult challenge for everyone. As with any type of wrinkles, prevention is the best option. But if you find yourself stuck with permanent ones, we highly encourage you to talk to Dr Darryl Chew to discover the best treatment for you. Click here to contact us.