If you are wondering why you would want to train yourself to sleep on your back, let me tell you my main motivation- it prevents wrinkles! If you have lash extensions, it extends their life. It also helps with drainage in your sinuses! Do I have your attention yet? Well, let me share how I did this because for all my life, I have been a side sleeper and I couldn’t imagine a restful night without sleeping that way!
For a long time I was in denial that I needed to address my side sleeping habits. I used a satin pillowcase, which I’ve read is more gentle on the skin for side sleepers. It helped a little, but I really burrow my face into the pillow when I side sleep, so I would wake up with marks in my cheek and under-eye area and started to notice that they didn’t go away as quickly as in years’ past. Still, I would try to sleep on my back only to finally give up when I couldn’t relax and fall asleep in that position. I’d watch one of my favorite YouTubers, Angie from Hot and Flashy, and she mentioned that she had trained herself to sleep on her back and I remember thinking, “How can you even do that?” I thought, you either slept on your back or you didn’t.
If you read my blog post about injectables, then you know that I recently got a filler in my cheekbone area to address my concerns about under-eye wrinkles and loss of volume in my face. Making that investment really made me get serious about sleeping on my back because I don’t want to undo the efforts I have made to improve the appearance of my skin.
So how did I do it? I arranged pillows all around me that first night – under my knees to make me more comfortable, and on my sides. It did take me awhile to fall asleep but I was successful! I knew it took about 2 weeks to either break a habit or instill a new habit so my goal was to continue this process every night until it sleeping on my back became easier for me. Some nights were easier than others, but my determination to do this kept me trying until two weeks had gone by and I was still sticking to it!
I did learn a trick that allowed me to turn my body to the side, but keep my face from smushing into the pillow. I hug another pillow and prop the top under my face so it stays somewhat elevated. I don’t totally turn my face to the side, just move it about 45 degrees. So far it’s working or me and now it’s been about 6 weeks of consistently sleeping on my back.
I guess it’s one of those things like taking a vitamin and eating your vegetables – you know it’s good for you and the right thing to do, but until you commit to doing it, you won’t have success. I had tried and failed several times before, but once I realized the benefits were too numerous to ignore and saw what it was doing to my face’s appearance, I got serious and finally was able to enjoy success!
How do you like to sleep?