Up until now, getting enough ‘beauty sleep’ has been drilled into us as one of the most important parts of our regime. But that’s all about to change. Yep, according to certified dermatologist Dr Murad, sleeping could actually create new wrinkles. Eek!
How, you ask? Dr Murad explains: “The American Academy of Dermatology supports the idea that sleeping in certain positions will increase and cause wrinkles.” He adds: “The reason for this has to do with repetitive motion leading to wrinkles over time and gravity.”
In other words, ‘pillow marks’ can actually be made permanent as the skin is pushed and pulled around, which over time can damage our skin-smoothing collagen.
As disheartening as this may be, there’s a pretty easy solution. While sleeping face down or on the side of your pillow can cause lines to form, lying on your back throughout the night can help prevent the formation of skin creases.
New York dermatologist Debra Jaliaman and author of ‘Skin Rules’ says the best way to do this is with a neck pillow: “Put a U-shaped pillow around your neck and prop yourself with other pillows all around you so you don’t turn in your sleep.” As well as that, Ms Jaliaman says that investing in an eye mask is a good way to help make sure your sleep goes uninterrupted.
It hasn’t all been a waste of time (or sleep), though. Dr Murad maintains that sleep is still the most important time for your skin and body to repair and rejuvenate, while wrinkles are all down to excessive tossing and turning. In short, the next time your other half complains about you keeping him up with your fidgeting in the night, you might want to take note..