It doesn’t take a sleep expert to tell you that not getting enough sleep can have a bit of a negative impact upon your looks. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
Whether it’s bags under your eyes or stressed out skin, this article from Cosmopolitan can give you a better idea of the damage lack of sleep can do to your appearance.
But could the way we sleep actually be causing wrinkles? Lying down can cause fluid to pool in the face, which is why we often wake up looking so puffy and pale, especially if you lie on your face or on one side.
This puffiness can be exacerbated by not removing the previous day’s eye make-up or excessive salt of alcohol consumption the night before, and can leave you with lines on the face from the pillow creases.
Of course, this puffiness usually wears off within a couple of hours, but the older you get, the longer it takes to disappear, and there is a danger that repeated sleeping in the same position can make these wrinkles permanent.
While there are a couple of different causes for wrinkles, one of them is repetitive facial movements, as small as a dimple or a raised eyebrow, and the same applies when you’re sleeping.
In fact, sleeping in the same position could cause wrinkling in as little as three to six months.
Dermatologists have even gone as far as to suggest that sleeping on the same side repeatedly can cause a skin condition called chondrodermatitis nodularis, which is an inflammation of the ear cartilage and skin which manifests as small and painful bumps and lumps.
And wrinkling isn’t the only problem that your sleep can cause your skin. Sleeping in a room that’s too warm could end up drying out the skin, and triggering conditions such as eczema.
If you do find yourself waking up with irritated skin, ask yourself when you last changed your pillow. If it was more than a year or two ago, it may be time to look into replacing it.
Over time your pillow will accumulate dead skin cells and oils which can irritate the skin or you may simply be allergic to your pillow, in which case you might want to look at our range of anti-allergy pillows such as this Silentnight Anti Allergy Waterproof Pillow.
This is just further evidence that getting a good night’s sleep really is crucial, and you’ll see benefits right across the board.