I love to sleep. I truly do. if it was a job, I would be a multi-millionaire by now. It is essential for me to be energized the next day and it is also important for my overall health and beauty needs. However, how I sleep has been really affecting how I see myself in the mirror. Yeah you guess it, I sleep on my side with my legs up. And at times I sleep on my stomach with my right side flat out on the pillow, scrunched up and fighting for air. It’s the only way I can fall asleep quickly and comfortably.
However, over the years I noticed that my face has become more asymmetrical with my right side of my face with more wrinkles than on my left side. Taking photos makes it a clear sign that my left side is more photogenic and I tend to force people to trade sides with me before they can snap a shot, lol. Yes, a bit of a narcissist and neurotic at the same time, but a picture lasts forever and so do wrinkles.
After reading various articles about the importance of sleeping on your back and the many benefits of it, I decided I needed to really try my damn hardest to sleep correctly. and make it stick forever.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Helps reduce headaches
- keeps your spine aligned
- Helps reduce pressure on your neck and back
- Decreases wrinkles on your face
So here is my journey, along with photos guiding you on my results:
February 1, 2020: I decided what the hell, let me try once again to sleep on my back. I placed two small pillows underneath the left and right side of the pillow I was sleeping on to create a barrier. I wanted to create a feeling of sinking into a pool of soft feathers. Plus this would help prevent me from tossing and turning but providing me with some side support just incase my face turned slightly to the left or the right side. It was pretty difficult that first night but I managed to stay on my back for most of the night. And crazy thing is, I noticed a change on the right side of my face with my laugh lines.
Now keep in mind I have been using a face mask that I created for months but the last photo on the lower right hand corner is from February 2, 2020. The other three are from weeks ago. I should have taken a photo before I fell asleep on the 1st but believe me, I saw a change already and the photos help prove it. The photo below is from February 2, 2020. I wanted to display how my right side (here it shows it on the left) has drastically changed with only one night of sleeping on my back.
February 2, 2020 (night): I set my intentions for the night and was determined to stay on my back for as long as possible and for most of the night. I slowly drifted to sleep (with some help from my nightly tea mixed in with collagen powder). I didn’t toss and turn as much and I did wake up a few times in the middle of the night. However, it didn’t take me long to drift back to sleep.
February 3, 2020 (morning): I woke up feeling more refreshed and not as sleepy as usual. Was it due to my sleeping on my back? I don’t know but I usually feel like I need a midday nap by 12/1 p.m. Today I didn’t feel like I needed a nap at all.
February 3, 2020 (night) – February 4, 2020 (morning): Sleeping was brutal, if you want to call it that. I felt I didn’t even sleep a wink. I kept tossing and turning but made it a point to never be on my side but on my back the entire time. It was difficult to fall asleep and when I did, I felt it was such a light sleep that the slightest sound woke me up. I am proud to say that I didn’t sleep on my side at all and I am not feeling so tired but it is 7:45 in the morning. Let’s see how I feel by the afternoon.
February 5, 2020: Last night was difficult. I finally drifted off to sleep around 12:00 / 1:00 a.m. I kept waking up but I quickly went back to sleep after a few minutes. Work up feeling okay.
February 6, 2020: I purchased a silk pillowcase through Amazon and slept with it on my pillow. It doesn’t make a a difference in helping me sleep on my back but it did feel smoother on my face. Getting to sleep is still difficult but I am still resisting the urge to sleep on my sides. I may give up for about 1 minute but I always revert back and force myself on my back. I do see a difference on my laugh lines. Keep in mind I am also micro rolling (see my other post), but I do feel sleeping on my back has decreased the lines on the right side of my face.
February 7, 2020: Last night was Law & Order: SVU so I went to bed later than usual, therefore I was exhausted. It didn’t take me long to fall asleep. I actually think it might be getting easier for me sleeping on my back.
February 11, 2020: Getting used to sleeping on back back. I fall asleep within minutes now. Yay!
March 21, 2020: My sleeping patterns have changed dramatically due to the stress of the Corona virus. However, I am still maintaining my sleep habit of sleeping on my back. It’s been over a month now and falling asleep on my back has become a natural habit. Didn’t think after sleeping on my side for 40 years that this would ever happen. But when there is a will, there is a way. The photos on the bottom have not been altered, filtered or retouched.