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  • Writer's pictureLuisa Slay

Beauty Sleep: The Wrinkle-Reducing Secret

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

How our daily decisions impact our overall appearance

Sleeping on your side can potentially lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines on your face AS WELL as impact the symmetry of your face for a few reasons:

  1. Pressure and Friction: When you sleep on your side, your face is pressed against the pillow for an extended period. This constant pressure and friction on the delicate skin of your face can cause creases and indentations. Over time, these creases may become permanent wrinkles, especially if you consistently sleep in the same position.

  2. Neck Creases and Wrinkles:

  3. Reduced Circulation: Sleeping on your side can restrict blood flow to parts of your face. Insufficient blood circulation can hinder the skin's ability to repair and regenerate itself, which is essential for maintaining its youthful appearance.

  4. Collagen Breakdown: Pressure on the skin during sleep can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that provide the skin with elasticity and firmness. When they degrade, the skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging.

  5. Gravity Effect: When you sleep on your side, gravity can cause your facial skin to be pulled downward. This continuous downward force, especially around the cheeks and jawline, can contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin over time.

To minimize the risk of developing wrinkles from sleeping on your side, here are a few tips to consider putting into practice ASAP:

  1. Sleeping Position: Try to sleep on your back, as it reduces the pressure and friction on your facial skin. You can use a silk or satin pillowcase to further reduce friction.

  2. Supportive Pillows: Use pillows designed to support your head and neck properly, which can help you sleep comfortably on your back.

  3. Anti-Wrinkle Creams: Consider using anti-wrinkle creams or serums that contain ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to promote skin repair and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

  4. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration helps maintain skin elasticity and can reduce the severity of wrinkles.

  5. Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen daily, as sun damage is a significant contributor to premature skin aging and wrinkles.

While sleeping on your side may contribute to the development of wrinkles, it's just one of many factors that can affect the condition of your skin. Genetics, sun exposure, and skincare routines also play a crucial role in the aging process. It is important to consider where to make changes in your day-to-day and start putting them into practice.


Side sleeping also affects more than just your skin. Side sleeping can cause or exacerbate shoulder and neck pain, and contribute to muscle imbalance. Therefore, side sleepers need to be aware of their neck and shoulder alignment to avoid waking up with body aches. It is also said that sleeping on the right side affects digestion. Research shows that not only do GERD sufferers who sleep on the right side experience more instances of heartburn than when on their left side, but these episodes also last longer. Even if you don't experience digestive issues, it would be wise to switch from right side sleeping to help aid in digestion. You might find that you will have a better night's rest if you do.

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While there is some debate on the topic, it's commonly believed that sleeping on your side, especially in the same position consistently, could contribute to the development of wrinkles on the neck. This is more likely to occur if the pillowcase is rough or if the skin is not adequately moisturized. You might also want to consider using a satin or silk pillowcase, as these are generally more gentle on the skin and can reduce friction. Additionally, practicing good skin care, including moisturizing the neck area, can contribute to maintaining skin elasticity.

Considering the potential side effects linked to side sleeping, it's a good idea to give back sleeping a try as a proactive step to reduce risks like wrinkles and pressure on your lovely facial skin. Give it a go, and your skin will thank you.

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