At Auratek Textiles, we believe that sleep is the most important contributor to overall health and wellness. Without a good night’s rest, people find it difficult to concentrate and often lack the motivation to exercise and eat right. Understanding the importance of sleep, we are excited about recent research by Casper Labs regarding sleeping positions. During the development of their Casper pillow, this team of researchers surveyed study participants as to what they believed their sleeping position to be, then conducted a camera study to confirm what really happened during sleep. Below we are going to explore what the results convey about different sleeping positions, as well as how your sleeping position affects your skin.
Casper Lab Results
The goal of the researchers at Casper Labs was to learn more about sleeping positions in order to design a pillow that would be universally comfortable. Some of the most commonly identified sleeping positions of their participants were side, back and stomach. There’s a good chance that you fall into one of these categories, right? If that’s the case, then you might be surprised by what this study found out about sleeping positions, or should we say lack thereof. Yes, that’s right, the study concluded that the truth is no one really has a sleeping position!
The article states, “We might like to think of ourselves as side sleepers or back sleepers, but a more accurate descriptor, for all of us, is: all-over-the-place sleepers.” The positions most people fall asleep in are different than the ones they end up in. For example, 70% of participants slept on their side at some point during the night, no matter what position or positions they had identified. All in all, having “a sleeping position” essentially just refers to how we prefer to fall asleep.
How your sleeping position affects your skin
Your sleeping position affects your skin in two ways. First, sleep is the time that your skin recuperates from a day’s worth of activity. While you are asleep your body’s levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) are reduced, which is important because too much cortisol can cause thinning skin, stretch marks and discoloration. Another hormone called melatonin increases during sleep. This hormone has antioxidant properties that help reduce the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tones and fine lines. Lastly, getting a good night’s rest will activate growth hormones that repair and regenerate collagen, a protein that is responsible for skin’s firmness and tightness. Therefore finding a sleeping position that enables you to sleep comfortably throughout the night is crucial for revitalizing your skin. It just so happens that “beauty rest” is not a myth after all!
The second way your sleeping position affects your skin is through direct contact with your pillowcase and bed linens. If your sleeping position causes your face to make a lot of contact with the pillow, you will have a greater risk of developing sleep creases. A study published in Dermatologic Surgery confirmed that sleep creases can turn into permanent lines and wrinkles over time.
Even if you think that you sleep on your back throughout the night with your face hardly contacting the pillow, results from the Casper Labs study prove that the majority of people change positions throughout the night. This means that your skin is most likely making more contact with your pillowcase than you think. While your pillowcase might not seem rough or harmful, a standard pillowcase can be too rough for delicate facial skin. Furthermore, some textiles are prone to trapping sweat, oil, and bacteria that rub off of your skin night after night. Sleeping on linens with these impurities trapped inside can clog pores and ultimately lead to acne.
It seems that the logical way to prevent the development of sleep lines and wrinkles would be to change your sleeping position. For example, if you typically fall asleep on your stomach with your face on the pillow, you could try sleeping on your back and using gravity to your advantage in the overnight fight against wrinkles. But that’s often easier said than done. And even if you can alter your sleeping position to one that seemingly would cause less contact with your pillow, the Casper Labs results confirm that most people do not stay in the same position all night. Thus, we believe the solution to this predicament is simple: instead of trying to go against your natural sleeping style, why not just invest in bed sheets and pillowcases that will give you healthier skin no matter what position you sleep in?
Since there’s no question that your sleeping position affects your skin, we recommend investing in a quality, high-tech pillowcase. A textile with a tight, natural weave will preserve the moisture of your skin, as opposed to a looser weave that will wick moisture and saturate your pillowcase. A smooth pillowcase will provide “slip” and prevent your skin from sticking to the fabric, which ultimately leads to the friction that causes sleep lines and wrinkles. The right kind of fabric will enable you to rise and face the day with a fresh, smooth complexion no matter what sleeping position you end up in.
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