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How can I force myself to sleep in any other position besides on my right side?

Asked by mowens (8285 points ) July 30th, 2010

Every morning when I wake up, my right side of my face looks tired, and my left side doesn’t. This is because I sleep on my right side. No matter what I do, I wake up on my right side. How can I force myself to sleep on my back or on the left side? 10 years from now I don’t want my right eye to look more aged than my left eye. If they are both the same, that’s fine… but I don’t like uneven things, especially aging on my face.

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mrentropy's avatar

I’d be curious to know, also. I always end up on my stomach. I’m not sure that’s good for the back. Or breathing.

mowens's avatar

Thats how I wake up, on my stomach, with my head going to the left… so my right face is on the bed. What annoys me is, it takes half the day for the lines to go away… this cant be good for my aging process.

And I am not totally against aging, it happens, there is nothing I can do. But I dont want to look 26 on one side of my face and 96 on the other.

Cruiser's avatar

If this truly and issue for you…sew a tennis ball into the right side of a t-shirt or night shirt.

kevbo's avatar

Sleeping on one’s right side is common. In fact, there’s a study/story out now about breast cancer being more prevalent on the right side and whether that has to do with box springs collecting/amplifying various forms of radiation.

Anyway, if you’re serious, wear a snug fitting t-shirt to bed with a tennis ball sewn in the right side of the shirt (or set up something similar).

Austinlad's avatar

Try sleeping with a body pillow. Worked for me.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Leave books on the right side of the bed so you are forced to sleep on your left side. When you roll over you will hit the books and that will remind you to turn over.

perspicacious's avatar

The right side and back are the healthiest sleep positions. Try to go to sleep on on your back so you will at least sleep part of the night that say. Also, try using a feather/down pillow—it breaths better than those filled with synthetic material.

Nullo's avatar

Start sleeping on your left side and park a pillow behind you.
I’ve slept on my right side for most of my life, until my shoulder started collapsing from it.

mowens's avatar

I suppose I should have been more specific. I wake up on my stumach, with my face to the left. Putting the right side of my face directly on the matress.

mowens's avatar

@Nullo What does a shoulder collapsing feel like? I’ve had shoulder problems for quite some time.

Nullo's avatar

@mowens It was a gradual thing, and I may have used the wrong term to describe it. Basically, while at rest, the shoulder kinda folds inwards. The tendons and whatnot aren’t designed to do any real work in this state, so long stretches of not doing my shoulder exercises mean fairly intense pain while using the arm.

I again suggest that you use a pillow, only this time place it against your stomach, or else place it between your knees.

mowens's avatar

I describe my pain as tenseness. When I ran especially, my shoulder tenses up, and I have to massage it back to a relaxed state.

zophu's avatar

I found that going to bed after stretching seems to make it more likely that I’ll wake on my back.

le_inferno's avatar

I really don’t think “aging” will occur faster just because you sleep on that side. There’s really nothing wrong with sleeping on one side, and there’s no real way to prevent it from happening once you’re unconscious. Try splashing cold water on your face in the morning to get rid of the morning puffiness on that side.

snowberry's avatar

I have a relative whose shoulders go out of socket if they just lean against a wall, let alone sleep on their side. It means they’re always dislocating and replacing joints. It’s a problem we’ve not been able to solve. So far doctors have no clue what to do about it.

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