This Insanely Easy Trick Taught Me How To Sleep On My Back
A while back I decided I was going to teach myself how to sleep on my back. A lifelong "womb" sleeper, no matter how I fall asleep I've always found myself in the fetal position when I wake up. While there's nothing inherently wrong with that (or any of the sleep positions), lately I've started stressing about sleep-induced wrinkles. Unlike wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, these lines come from pressing your face into your pillow while you snooze. Unfortunately, if you sleep on your side like I do, you're at risk of vertical creases down your cheeks and chin as well as lines around your lips. Cute! Another catalyst: I recently had some cartilage piercings done and was told not to sleep on my ears while they healed. While I did manage to successfully fall asleep on my back a few times, I continued to revert to my favourite fetal position while asleep. Annoying. This irritated the piercings which made them even more uncomfortable to sleep on. (On a few nights I even woke up having rolled onto one side because of the pain in my ear—it wasn't pretty.) A stern talking to from my GP later, I resolved to learn how to sleep on my back no matter what it took. Trying to do the same? Keep reading for my very simple secret.
First let me say I know first-hand how frustrating it can be to resist turning over on your side only to wake up with your face smooshed into a pillow. Before accidentally uncovering my now go-to method, I tried a lot of other tips to no avail. I barricaded myself with pillows on all sides to physically block myself from rolling around. I even made a habit of stretching my hamstrings before bed to prevent back pain which could hypothetically cause me to move during the night. No dice. I slipped a disc a few years back so in my mind that was a (completely dreamt up) potential contributing factor. I was 100 per cent convinced I was simply unable to sleep on my back. Then, I had a moment of clarity. One night after a particularly relaxing yoga class I realised I had never had any trouble falling asleep on my back in shavasana. Light bulb! Mental block removed, I happened upon the secret trick I use to sleep on my back by total accident. It's so simple I'm almost reluctant to share, but because I can't resist passing on a tried-and-true life hack I will. Ready? It's all about sleeping on the sofa. Yep. That's it.
Before you scoff, hear me out. After a long night of bingeing on Stan a few weeks ago I dozed off on the sofa laying on my back. When I woke up the same way I was surprised but pretty happy. (My ears had healed a significant amount overnight—happy happy happy.) So I did it again. And again. And again. And every single time I woke up in the morning still on my back. It was insanely gratifying and stupidly obvious at the same time. The reason sleeping this way worked so well is that though I could comfortably lay on my back I also had no room to turn over. One way, and I'd be so close to the back of the couch I'd struggle to breathe. The other, I'd tumble onto the living room floor. I'd heard before that learning to sleep on your back takes time as your body adjusts so I stuck with the sofa for two full weeks. (Sorry, husband.) After that I was back in my bed and guess what? Since then I have only rolled onto my side during the night twice. Not perfect I know, but I'm calling it a success.
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