wishful thinking! I’ve said this to myself for years! If you notice your baby doing this and/or have already started to notice that your baby has developed a flattening, alternate the side of the crib that you place your baby’s head on. I know that sleeping on one side can promote sleep wrinkles as you’re constantly pressing on one side of the face. Like Xin commented, gotta train ourselves to sleep on our back. As adults, we can sleep however we please, but certain front or side-lying positions can pose as a risk to babies. I don’t know why I did that, but now I’ve recently noticed that the right side of my face is a little flatter (looks skinnier) than the left side. It is more likea see saw because my cheek bones stick out si far My skin on the other hand, hates me. Hm, I have not tried it with a pillow under my knees. The flat part…I hope my body remembers alternates sides then! The only thing I can add to this conversation is that the velvet-y microfiber pillow covers are the worst offenders when it comes to creating “sleep sag” on your face. Parents can minimize positional molding by rotating their baby’s sleeping position from side to side to back, making sure the baby doesn’t sleep in the same position all night, every night. Aha…something new learnt. That was something I started out doing initially to get to the routine. These techniques are simple to do and very effective. Like AngMoGirl pointed out, it can help with the pulling of the skin. From the WebMD Archives. So your friend has a similar experience too? How did you train yourself to sleep on your back? Hi Sesame, thanks for sharing a wonderful article with us. A satin or soft pillow case can help with the pulling but still the pressing is gonna do some damage long term. By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter . But some nights, I’ll toss and turn and end up still sleeping on my side. But sometimes I can’t sleep with it and prefer my flatter and softer pillow. The problem is more with the pressing. But on the sides, definitely lines around eyes and cheek/mouth area due to the pressing. I knew something of that for head shape of infants as I was advised to change the sleeping position of my boy constantly in his first few months so that his head shape would be well balanced. I can live with that though… however the most serious damage my sleeping habit has given me is having wrinkles on the corners my left eye (right eye is smooth), having deeper fine lines from my nose to my mouth on the left side of my face and having an eyebag on my left eye but not on my right eye! Sometimes, a strong light from a door or window will also encourage them to turn In one direction. PF: Maybe change to a lower pillow or if you like, those tempur ones. I prefer low pillows cos when I sleep, the head tilts a little backwards and my head and face won’t defy gravity. Because of her work, she has come across many customers and she’s obviously in tune with face shapes. So I thought I’ll pose this question to all you – what is your sleep position like and if you sleep on your side, do you notice that side of your face being flatter than the other? Cone shapes tend to round out after a few days as the birth trauma settles. My 12 year old daughter has slept on the same side for years and she has noticed that it’s flatter on one side. However, I haven’t thought about how our sleeping position can affect our face shape. However, to prevent back problems, we have to use the right type of pillows and have sturdy mattress–not the super soft springy and bouncy type. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly. I’ll love to have a chubbier face myself. The sleep-on-back position is the safest and the best sleeping position for infants. Anyway, I think it’s better to just sleep at our most comfortable position if it’s not possible to train ourselves into a desired one. Besides, I get neck and shoulders pain when I sleep facing up D: Ihave very prominent cheekbones and have slept on my side all 35 years of my life. I do not think sleeping on the back will result to flatter butt because our butts contain much more fat to serve as cushion. I would really appreciate your reply. It is the most suggested sleeping position for babies as it keeps the airways open and has minimal risks of suffocation. This is a Singapore beauty blog with a focus on natural skin care and holistic living. I’ve tried pillows under my knees and such but it’s just not comfy! ». Better than nothing I suppose. If only I can afford the memory mattress. at one time, i tended to sleep on right i think and one day i suddenly noticed quite obvious asymmetrical boobs…i’m sure most people have some imbalance on both sides but it was like an inch difference between the nips of my boobies, so i freaked out and started sleeping on the other side. But also must take note of your sitting position. I’ve tried so hard to sleep on my back, but I always end up on my side. Their skulls are softer than those of full-term babies. I remember a friend of mine once calling one side of her face, ‘the fat facem!’. I bought one to use as a neck bolster and it put 5 years on my face in a matter of weeks. 20 Delicious And Nutritious Beauty Lunchboxes To Bring To Work. I’m 50 and I don’t see a difference. It does not affect brain growth or cause brain injury, ear infections, hearing difficulties, jaw or bone problems, or vision problems. The positions of your baby in the womb becomes important as your due date approaches because they should be in the best position for delivery. And remember, "normal" heads come in many shapes and sizes. I had to train hard to sleep on my back. Positional plagiocephaly happens most often to infants who are "good sleepers" (who sleep through the night), babies with an unusually large head, and babies who are born prematurely and have weak muscle tone. It is very important that baby's head is not resting on same position for long time (for example: through the day). HI Sesame, I have been sleeping on one side since i was a teenager as i thought that sleeping on our back may cause wrinkles to our neck! It’s best if you’re able to sleep on your back, otherwise, alternate if you’re aware. Well obviously it is only in comparison to animals such as gorilla or chimpanzee, not like dogs or rabbits! Even though they CAN sleep on their backs, they don’t was the teacher’s point . Every single night I try to remind myself to check what position I wake up in. My hub has the tempur pillow that I sometimes “hijack”. Your sleeping position affects both you and your baby's health. But it’s quite funny comparing to animals too cos it’s quite hard for those animals to sleep on their backs anyway. Neck lines are formed more because of poor sitting posture. Sleeping on my back does not seem so appealing although it would solve both the wrinkling and the flat face problem. Sleeping positions are a little more complicated for babies than for adults. I think that have a gd quality pillow is one of the key to promote gd nite sleep. I’ve tried to revert this by sleeping on my right, but haven’t noticed much difference. We don't give sleeping positions much thought, but how you curl up each night can impact your health in some surprising ways. I guess at the end of day, it really depends on what you want to compromise. Since then, the rate of SIDS has decreased greatly. Sometimes babies are born with plagiocephaly. Parents often hear that certain sleeping position can make a baby's head become abnormal. Oh gosh….thats me too!!! It is the most relaxing position. you see more of my Bone structure and jaw line on the left. But why? With a baby’s skull being so soft at a young age, the weight of the head can result in a misshapen head. The most common cause of a flattened head is a baby's sleep position. But when a baby is repeatedly in the same position, the skull can flatten. But face shape… Come discover skin care tips, ingredient analysis, green product reviews, sunscreen recommendations, DIY beauty remedies, K-beauty, clean food recipes, and much more. This is absolutely true because while I try to sleep on my back, there are times I couldn’t help it and turn to sleep on my side. that’s interesting coz my brother who’s into fitness and all said that he reading something about benefits on sleeping on the right side, so as to not put too much pressure on your heart, which is on the left! maybe eventually it’ll even out. These things should come with a warning! This means that they run the risk of their head becoming misshapen from continued pressure to the same area. It’s a bit of playing catch up and also to pick up new beauty information. My husband uses such a pillow and he does have a regular pillow case on it. I have actually developed sleep wrinkles on both cheeks so I guess I sleep on both my left and right side. !I’m currently 22 & I’ve always loved to sleep on my right side. Because infants sleep for so many hours on their backs, the head sometimes flattens in one spot. In other cases, sometimes changes in head shape due to spending too much time in one position. Sleep Position Unlikely to Harm Baby in Pregnancy. Many babies like to sleep with their head facing towards their Mum if they’re at the side of the bed in a separate sleep system. Haha…flat butt! Stop Your Baby From Looking In One Direction All The Time: When the shape of the head is uneven, your baby will try to look at one direction all time. I just wrote about a related topic: sleep wrinkles. It’s obvious when view from the side. NEVER EVER USE ONE. A baby’s skull bones are soft and pliable at birth. If your baby has a nice, rounded head shape, make certain to alternate their sleep position so that they do not develop asymmetry or a flattened area. just like i cant help it when i have to drink something before sleeping :/ They examined risk factors for the severity of asymmetrical head shape, known as deformational plagiocephaly (DP), in … But sleep on the back with palms facing up is always the best. I haven’t heard that one about lines on the neck. Hmmm…, I guess not sleeping on the side means not pressing and might have contributed to the face looking chubbier. I wish I learn about this when I was younger. As adults, we can sleep however we please, but certain front or side-lying positions can pose as a risk to babies. There are three causes of abnormal head shape in infants. But I guess it’s only obvious when you scrutinize. So not sure how to solve it yet…so look forward to hearing your tips. . Also not to rest the shoulder on the pilow as you are utting unwanted stress on the shoulder area and neck, so you might feel very stiff and aching around your shoulder in the morning. LOL. I wish I had known when I was younger to go back a nd forth from each side instead of just sleeping on only my right! Continue to place your baby on his or her back to sleep, but alternate the direction your baby's head faces when you place him or her in the crib. Does that mean that PPB causes developmental abnormalities? And my face is really flatter. Sleeping position influences the body shape most in the period below 3 years old. always bigger than my left. With the recommended advice that babies should sleep on their backs until they are old enough to roll themselves over, this means that some babies tend to sleep with continued pressure to the same areas of the head. and yeah, they evened out :p, but i thought that sleeping on the back may cause the boobs to be apart more as we were not recommend to wear bras while sleeping…hmmm…. These methods can also help a flattening to improve if it has already developed. Very strange…maybe it’s just too fat. But now after reading this i guess i am gonna sleep on my right side for some years. The fabric grips your skin so that every time you turn, it pulls and stretches your face. According to her, it’s very telling if one has been sleeping on one side as that part of the face or even the ear is noticeably flatter. If I sleep on my back, my neck is stretched and it should not cause lines to form. For the study, cranial images and measurements of each baby's head shape and size were also obtained using a 12-camera, 3-D system that allows for 360o imaging of the head. Love what you tackle in your blog and especially your product raves! But I did notice that having a satin or other slippery material pillow casing helps reduce the pulling of the skin. But face shape? This softness also allows a baby’s head to grow after birth, and remains flexible throughout childhood, gradually becoming harder as the child grows. I don’t really know which side I usually sleep on at night, but i recently noticed that my right cheek looks much chubbier because my facial features have shifted to the left?! What you say is true too cos like our feet and hands are not balanced too; usually one is larger. http://www.elanso.com/ArticleModule/SiONU0L9T3NsIsHvHvONHvIi.html. The thing about me is I can sleep in most positions so sleeping on my back wasn’t that difficult, just that I had to be more mindful. To prevent this, keep changing your baby's position from one side to another even while he or she is asleep. The US NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) recommends the sleep-on-back position for short naps as well as for sound sleep throughout the night in babies. After reading this, I may not sure which position is the best to avoid all unwanted lines…haha. Perhaps make sure your pillow is not so hard if you really cannot sleep on your back. I am 23 and i just started noticing that my left side is flatter than the right side.At first i thought i am just being dumb and crazy. I wish I could sleep on my back, I guess I am gonna invest in one of those silk pillow cases on of these days…it’s supposed to help a bit. Do the ceiling kissing exercise every day…helps to some extent. well in my teens I started to notice that I had a puffy bag under my right eye. For babies to be able to pass through the birth canal, they are born with soft and malleable skulls that can adapt to the space. As I grew older, I know why she didn’t want me sleeping on my right side all the time. If you notice that your baby has a tendency to lean on one side of their head when they are on their back whilst playing, use toys to encourage head movement and a more even pressure to the whole head. i do try sleep on my back but it just feels so uncomfortable, i actually cant get to sleep unless im on that side. The silk pillow cover helps only to some extent. Good thing was, my son took my bolster and so I thought, heck, time to sleep on my back. Sleeping on the back is the safest position for babies as it opens the airways and minimises the risk of choking. When that happens, I’ll wake up to find that side of my nasolabial groove deepening. Unlike other people who have a flatter face when sleeping on their side, my face is actually bigger than my other half, and it’s so noticeable. The change in head shape may begin when the baby is 1 to 2 months old. I wonder if the effects are more pronounced when we’re younger cos we’re still developing our structure and so forth. But once I fall asleep, I know I sometimes still turn to one side. This is because your baby’s head shape will naturally improve as her head grows and her gross motor skills develop. Infant sleeping positions: Hi All, It is very important to take proper notice of baby's sleeping positions. Anyway, even the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sleeping on our back to reduce sleep wrinkle as “sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow”. How can I remove it? I have to toss here and there in order not to feel stiff after maintaining a position for a long time. I hadn’t notice the cause of my neck lines before you highlighted. You might also hold your baby with alternate arms at each feeding. i can never imagine have a long trip w/o it. This position avoids the adverse impacts of supine sleep and may be especially important to remedy position-dependent snoring and sleep apnea. One of the most obvious negative impacts of infant positioners is flattening of the head. When putting a diaper on the baby, keep his body straight, avoid hunchbacked and bandy-legged. I was never really bothered until someone this year asked if one side of my face is swollen because in pictures it’s so noticeable. Yet, there is some amount of pressure exerted on the baby’s head during delivery which could result in it becoming elongated or cone-shaped. Modify their sleeping position by placing your baby’s head at opposite ends of the crib on alternate nights. But I wonder if placing a pillow under the knees help if one sleeps on their back? I can’t sleep on my back for some reason. To Renee: Oh really? They feel plush and soft to the touch but act like Velcro on your face. My beauty therapist told me to get a silk pillow cover but that does not solve the wrinkle problem. *sigh* There’s just no perfect solution that comes cheap in this case. Access the Technology in Motion ordering app here. The body shape forming during this time is also the future body shape. Q: Can OP be prevented? Actually I’ve seen a fat cat in my neighbourhood sleeping on its back but more of a sitting position. I think it def matters which side you sleep on. but are equally bad. Don't put your baby to sleep on his stomach to avoid plagiocephaly, because tummy sleeping puts him at risk for SIDS. As long as an unusual head shape doesn’t cause developmental or social problems, there is no need to worry. It’s also linked to other health benefits in babies, such as being less likely to develop an ear infection, stuffy nose, or increased body temperature. As your baby grows, they may move around a … FRIDAY, March 27, 2009 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping position doesn't affect the extent of head flattening in infants, U.S. researchers say. The Back to Sleep campaign has had fantastic results in reducing the incidence of SIDS in babies in the USA, the UK and across the world. Or place your baby's head near the foot of the crib one day, the head of the crib the next. I think it balanced because of my tossing , I never have good night sleep for a very long time due to my back and shoulder pain. In general, the infant should be wrapped by diaper in the first month, should not wear clothes too early. A: The best way to prevent OP is to avoid keeping your infant's head in the same position all the time. I tend to alway sleep on the side (not a particular one, I’ll toss all night) and I can tell that it affects my skin negatively – but what to do? For more information on tummy time, check out our guide! If you must use a pillow with one of these covers, definitely put a regular pillowcase over the microfiber cover. I haven’t taken particular notice about that. To put it comparatively, research has suggested that babies who sleep on their tummy are between 1.7 and 12.9 times as likely to succumb to SIDS. . It has helped the pain in my back on awakening and I do not think the face flattening is any worse. I learned that in biology class, and the teacher said that is why no animal sleeps on its back (like monkeys and other bipedal animals). Oh my….yes…I got deeper lines under my left eye…coz I sleep on my left. This … I sleep on my right side only, very specific lol. LOL. So, I I downshifted to a twin bed. Here are some ways this can be done. (If you look at my face straight on, my eyes, nose and mouth literally looked off center) I used to sleep quite a lot on that side too so left side of the face, more wrinkles. Notice the face got chubbier than it used to be. The largest group of infants with an abnormal head shape is those who have positional deformities which develop during pregnancy or while sleeping. I find those help to tilt the head slightly backwards and will help prevent line formation. The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) started the ball rolling with this piece of important advice to parents in 1992. Ah…I see. I cannot fall asleep on my back and I heard that is bad for your knees anyway because when your feet are pointing out to either side it twists the knee joint unnaturally. One such move is the Fencing Reflex or Tonic Neck Reflex (8). That’s interesting cos I’ve never thought of that. I like it cos it keeps my head slightly tilted back. Not sure about sleeping on the right cos I understand from doctors that sleeping on the left side is most ideal, especially for those who are pregnant so that more nutrients and oxygen can reach the baby. since Iwas a little girl– always on my right. An abnormally shaped head is usually recognized at birth. The good news is that those children who had only mild PPB showed no differences in development when compared to controls without PPB, but those with moderate to severe changes in head shape did show statistically significant differences although the magnitude of these differences did not appear to be substantial. the right is a bit more rounder. But I wonder if the pillow or bolster under the knee will correct the knee problem you highlighted. , It’s true what you said the you can really tell on which side you sleep on by the shape of the face. Maybe that explains why the sides of my butt are getting flabbier. any ideas how to fix this? That’s quite new to me. 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