Dr. Heck explains how sleep positioning can affect wrinkle formation.
Patients frequently ask me, ”Does it matter how I sleep for formation of wrinkles?” and it does. But I say, first and foremost is to get a good night’s sleep. Poor sleep contributes to aging so if you have to sleep on your stomach, that’s fine. Sleeping on your back, keeping the pressure off your face does help you age better.
You do get sleep creases as you age. They can be minimized through choice of fabrics. So if you choose a slick fabric such as silk or satin, that’s a better choice than cotton, which has a higher friction coefficient.
If given the option, sleeping on the back, minimizing pressure on the face is better and allows better aging and less wrinkle formation.
About Dr. Shannon Heck, M.D.:
Shannon Heck, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board certified dermatologist and a partner in a large, thriving dermatologic practice in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. She specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology.