How to Maximize Your Beauty Rest

Positioning Your Body Correctly Can Be a Fountain of Youth

Posted: 06/12/2011 04:28 AM EDT

Everyone wants their beauty rest. Eight hours a night should buy you an energetic new day. According to Health magazine, there’s a way to get more out of your rest period. Body positioning is crucial. And if you lay a certain way you may even age prematurely. Fair warning: There are pros and cons to all positions.

The best -- Your back. Good for preventing back and neck pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles and for perky breasts. Con: Snoring. Second best -- Your side. Also good for preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, snoring less, and sleeping during pregnancy. Con: Bad for your skin and your breasts. Try to avoid -- The fetal position. Minimizes snoring and is good for sleeping during pregnancy. Con: Doesn’t prevent neck and back pain, minimize wrinkles, or perk up your breasts. The worst -- Sleeping on your stomach. It only minimizes snoring.

You say that you don’t move at all during the night? Dr. Eric Olson, of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Minnesota says, think again. You may spend the most time in the position you fall asleep in, but even those who barely have to make their beds in the morning move two to four times an hour.
 
Solution: Back equals beautiful. Sleep tight.

(Photo: Gerd Engelsmann /Landov)

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