I have to toss here and there in order not to feel stiff after maintaining a position for a long time. 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. 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. 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? http://www.elanso.com/ArticleModule/SiONU0L9T3NsIsHvHvONHvIi.html. After reading this, I may not sure which position is the best to avoid all unwanted lines…haha. With a baby’s skull being so soft at a young age, the weight of the head can result in a misshapen head. satin/silk pillowcases are kinda expensive so im not sure whether i should invest, but i think the earlier i start the better! It has helped the pain in my back on awakening and I do not think the face flattening is any worse. But why? She is so self conscious now do you think if she slept on the other side it for the next few years it would balance it out or on her back it will fix it self? These things should come with a warning! My parents also tell me that it’s due to my eating on the right side all the time. Your sleeping position affects both you and your baby's health. If your baby has developed a severe flattening that has not improved with any of the above techniques, we recommend that you book an appointment with one of our friendly clinicians. Oh wow…that’s a fantastic tip! What you say is true too cos like our feet and hands are not balanced too; usually one is larger. Parents often hear that certain sleeping position can make a baby's head become abnormal. However, a somewhat unexpected side effect of this campaign was an increase in cases of flat head syndrome. . I also saw some swoon worthy beauty stuff that I think you would absolutely love, http://www.mybestaddressbook.com/en/mag/well-being/face-body. To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) it is recommended that babies are always placed on their backs to sleep. oh…haha, i think that is much depends on the pillow height itself. However, this sleeping position also has some risk… I just wrote about a related topic: sleep wrinkles. 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! When that happens, I’ll wake up to find that side of my nasolabial groove deepening. These covers are often found on memory foam pillows, travel pillows, lumbar pillows, etc.. Does that mean that PPB causes developmental abnormalities? But also must take note of your sitting position. NEVER EVER USE ONE. i read that it is better to sleep on the side for health, but i can totally imagine it affecting our face! 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?! 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. I wish I learn about this when I was younger. If sleeping on one side really promotes a flatter side of the face, then I’m guessing the best way to counteract that problem is to sleep on the back. Even my friend said so -__-;; Not sure if it’s the sleeping position that is affecting it. Sleeping on the back is the safest position for babies as it opens the airways and minimises the risk of choking. 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. My 12 year old daughter has slept on the same side for years and she has noticed that it’s flatter on one side. To Stella: I see…so sleeping on the right will not stress heart and possibly other major organs too? But now after reading this i guess i am gonna sleep on my right side for some years. Well obviously it is only in comparison to animals such as gorilla or chimpanzee, not like dogs or rabbits! I’ve learnt about sleeping on the left being good especially when one is pregnant. ya i am going to get 1 mattress topper fm tempur too..My mattress is very hard but good through, Yeah, I tended to sleep on my right side for about a year when I was young. You might also hold your baby with alternate arms at each feeding. She also blogs at Fresh Flutters. Actually, if we go by what others have shared, sleeping on the sides maybe better for health sake. Oh my….yes…I got deeper lines under my left eye…coz I sleep on my left. When using the term “position,” it assumes the baby is head-down on the cervix. i know that sleeping on our side is bad, but i cant help it. As your baby grows, they may move around a … As adults, we can sleep however we please, but certain front or side-lying positions can pose as a risk to babies. 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. since Iwas a little girl– always on my right. 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. Breathing may be optimal by sleeping on the left side. By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter . Hm, I have not tried it with a pillow under my knees. , I sleep on both sides so hopefully that balances out my face shape! An abnormally shaped head is usually recognized at birth. I get nightmares if I sleep on left side or face down; if I try to sleep facing up, I have a fear that someone would stab me. This softness also allows a baby’s head to grow after birth, and remains flexible throughout childhood, gradually becoming harder as the child grows. . *sigh* There’s just no perfect solution that comes cheap in this case. I’ll love to have a chubbier face myself. Perhaps make sure your pillow is not so hard if you really cannot sleep on your back. It’s obvious when view from the side. Oh gosh….thats me too!!! I tend to talk a lot to my beauty therapist when I go for my regular facials. This means that they run the risk of their head becoming misshapen from continued pressure to the same area. I guess at the end of day, it really depends on what you want to compromise. I remember a friend of mine once calling one side of her face, ‘the fat facem!’. 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. 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. Without a doubt, your baby should sleep on her back. How did you train yourself to sleep on your back? Yup, better than nothing. This position avoids the adverse impacts of supine sleep and may be especially important to remedy position-dependent snoring and sleep apnea. Conclusion The direction in which you place your bed within your bedroom may impact on how well you sleep at night. However, I haven’t thought about how our sleeping position can affect our face shape. To Stella: Haha…that’s funny. But yeah, balance out is good! any ideas how to fix this? Or am I just being dumb. So, I I downshifted to a twin bed. LOL. Although sleeping position can cause a misshapen head to develop in little ones, there are some useful practices that can be adopted by parents to reduce the likelihood of a flattening developing. I’ve tried to revert this by sleeping on my right, but haven’t noticed much difference. i can never imagine have a long trip w/o it. My hubby is also a back-sleeper, and i noticed that his head always tend to bend down towards his chest while sleeping so i can see lots of the lines forming around the neck area *scary* :p. I see…haha…so it’s important to take note of how we sleep on our back too. Some things are known to affect the baby's head shape. So in my latest conversation, I learnt something about sleeping positions and the shape of the face. When your baby starts to spend less time on her back and more time on her tummy or sitting, there’ll be less pressure on the back of her head. Come discover skin care tips, ingredient analysis, green product reviews, sunscreen recommendations, DIY beauty remedies, K-beauty, clean food recipes, and much more. PF: Maybe change to a lower pillow or if you like, those tempur ones. This is because your baby’s head shape will naturally improve as her head grows and her gross motor skills develop. 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? i heard about the wrinkles bit too…so i have trained myself to sleep face up . I find those help to tilt the head slightly backwards and will help prevent line formation. Yes, true. 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. In general, the infant should be wrapped by diaper in the first month, should not wear clothes too early. overall i dun care but at the line i have in the morning…as a sweet and comfortable sleep is better than anything^^. This can be done by changing the position of your baby's head. Q: Can OP be prevented? I’d hate to think that they would be larger had I not. 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. Good thing was, my son took my bolster and so I thought, heck, time to sleep on my back. Plagiocephaly does not usually affect the development of a baby's brain, but if left untreated it may change their physical appearance by causing uneven growth of their face and head. If a right-sided joint (often shoulder or hip) is causing pain, it may be eased in this position. I won’t fall asleep otherwise. This can help to encourage your baby to sleep on both sides of their head despite continuing to face towards the door or window. 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. 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. Don't put your baby to sleep on his stomach to avoid plagiocephaly, because tummy sleeping puts him at risk for SIDS. The largest group of infants with an abnormal head shape is those who have positional deformities which develop during pregnancy or while sleeping. My right side looks plumper. 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. Sleeping on my back does not seem so appealing although it would solve both the wrinkling and the flat face problem. maybe eventually it’ll even out. (If you look at my face straight on, my eyes, nose and mouth literally looked off center) As adults, we can sleep however we please, but certain front or side-lying positions can pose as a risk to babies. It already hurts to lean on or lay my face against anything flat cause it makes the bones hurt and I cannot lay it anywhere close to flat without a pillow. I had to train hard to sleep on my back. no wonder one side of my face is different from the other! For the sake of a healthy neck support, it is advisable by many doctors. To answer your question, I feel like it varies. When placed on the back-to-sleep position, the baby’s head turns to one side with the arm and leg of that side extended, while the other arm and leg are flexed. Yup, agree the silk/satin covers are expensive. =\. Cone shapes tend to round out after a few days as the birth trauma settles. The bones inside a baby’s skull are soft so that it becomes easy for the head to squeeze through the birth canal during normal delivery. My face is flattered due to my sleeping position. just like i cant help it when i have to drink something before sleeping :/ Here are some ways this can be done. These methods can also help a flattening to improve if it has already developed. I like it cos it keeps my head slightly tilted back. I can’t sleep on my back for some reason. Maybe that explains why the sides of my butt are getting flabbier. My hub has the tempur pillow that I sometimes “hijack”. Sleep Position Unlikely to Harm Baby in Pregnancy. I toss and turn all night, so i don’t even know on which side I sleep the most. When I wake up from sleep my face is fully oily. The problem is more with the pressing. But on the sides, definitely lines around eyes and cheek/mouth area due to the pressing. That was something I started out doing initially to get to the routine. 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! I think it def matters which side you sleep on. , I’ve been sleeping on my left side since forever and I noticed that although I have slight jaw misalignment problems to start with, it shouldn’t affect the way my cheekbones look–but I noticed that my left cheek seems slightly flatter. I currently try to sleep as muchas I can on my left side. I have noticed the right side of my face is noticeably flatter and i have visible bags under my right eye onlyas unfortunately I always sleep on my right side…trying to stop thus now. But I wonder if placing a pillow under the knees help if one sleeps on their back? Sometimes, a strong light from a door or window will also encourage them to turn In one direction. 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. so its either getting wrinkles but with sleep or no sleep. Are you changing products due to the law of DMU? They examined risk factors for the severity of asymmetrical head shape, known as deformational plagiocephaly (DP), in … (I have a round face, so it’s noticeable). . 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. Ah…I see. I’ve said this to myself for years! I bought one to use as a neck bolster and it put 5 years on my face in a matter of weeks. But sleep on the back with palms facing up is always the best. It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed. I find the problem is with the pressing of the face against the pillow and that’s not possible to avoid if you sleep on your side cos the pillow can’t be all that soft either. You reckon putting a soft bolster under one of your legs will help to keep you sleeping on your back? 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. But face shape… The shape of your baby's head should improve naturally over time as their skull develops and they start moving their head, rolling around and crawling. Change Sleeping Position: If your baby lies on the same side through the night, the head might get flattened on one side. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly. If only I can afford the memory mattress. It does not affect brain growth or cause brain injury, ear infections, hearing difficulties, jaw or bone problems, or vision problems. Like Xin commented, gotta train ourselves to sleep on our back. i agree with this! But it’s just not good for beauty sake. Hmmm…, I guess not sleeping on the side means not pressing and might have contributed to the face looking chubbier. The change in head shape may begin when the baby is 1 to 2 months old. The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) started the ball rolling with this piece of important advice to parents in 1992. Long time Sleeping on Side of face can Even effect shape of Head… 9.1K views But I guess it’s only obvious when you scrutinize. 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. but i rmb watching taiwan variety program Queen where Niu-er laoshi was advising to sleep on right side i think.sleep on back will affect breathing n thus not enuff oxygen to facial skin cells,while sleeping on left side will impede bloodflow to the cells thus undernourishment. Haha…. 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. Sleep Facing South West (Northern Hemisphere) By Sleeping with your head in a southwestern position it allows your body to be calm and at peace with itself. So the ideal, LOA, means Left Occiput Anterior and that the baby is on the left side, facing mom’s spine. My husband uses such a pillow and he does have a regular pillow case on it. 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. Because of her work, she has come across many customers and she’s obviously in tune with face shapes. Their skulls are softer than those of full-term babies. That’s interesting cos I’ve never thought of that. Positional plagiocephaly does not affect brain growth or development; it is purely a shape issue. I have actually developed sleep wrinkles on both cheeks so I guess I sleep on both my left and right side. Hard initially. If I sleep on my back, my neck is stretched and it should not cause lines to form. I have a tempur pillow and it is my important partner for many years. From the appearance of my face, I also can not determine in which position I prefer to sleep the most. Sleeping positions are a little more complicated for babies than for adults. Notice the face got chubbier than it used to be. "Your head is facing straight up and weight is evenly distributed on your spine," making it the most orthopedically sound position, says Dr. Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep. I prefer low pillows cos when I sleep, the head tilts a little backwards and my head and face won’t defy gravity. Altering the position of baby while awake (holding, or in a carrier) is also helpful. But I did notice that having a satin or other slippery material pillow casing helps reduce the pulling of the skin. But I’ve been sleeping that particular face side down for 17 years and I don’t see my other side of the face getting even. My beauty therapist told me to get a silk pillow cover but that does not solve the wrinkle problem. the right is a bit more rounder. To allow for brain growth, the skull plates are not fully fused yet. The sleep-on-back position is the safest and the best sleeping position for infants. I sleep on all positions but over the recent years, more on my left. It is very important that baby's head is not resting on same position for long time (for example: through the day). Infant sleeping positions: Hi All, It is very important to take proper notice of baby's sleeping positions. Haha…flat butt! 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. But when a baby is repeatedly in the same position, the skull can flatten. 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. One of these includes sleeping position. 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. So your friend has a similar experience too? But it’s quite funny comparing to animals too cos it’s quite hard for those animals to sleep on their backs anyway. you see more of my Bone structure and jaw line on the left. There are three causes of abnormal head shape in infants. They feel plush and soft to the touch but act like Velcro on your face. My mother keeps telling me not to sleep on my right side but it was the only way I could fall to sleep. I use silk pillowcases because I don’t know If I squash my face or not. 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! 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…. well in my teens I started to notice that I had a puffy bag under my right eye. 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. As I grew older, I know why she didn’t want me sleeping on my right side all the time. You might need some time to see a noticeable difference. I had never heard of this before until i experienced myself 'flat area on my baby's head'. To prevent this, keep changing your baby's position from one side to another even while he or she is asleep. I hadn’t notice the cause of my neck lines before you highlighted. The experts agree that side-lying with pillows to support your growing belly is the recommended sleeping position when pregnant. 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. Sometimes babies are born with plagiocephaly. Sleeping position influences the body shape most in the period below 3 years old. One such move is the Fencing Reflex or Tonic Neck Reflex (8). While sleeping at a strange angle one night is unlikely to cause any health problems for your baby, prolonged sleeping on your front or right side can increase your risk of miscarriage. 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. Modify their sleeping position by placing your baby’s head at opposite ends of the crib on alternate nights. And it seems that sleeping on the stomach is good too. Or a bad back. This means that there is a flat area on the back or side of the head. Every single night I try to remind myself to check what position I wake up in. 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. That’s quite new to me. I’ve tried pillows under my knees and such but it’s just not comfy! So if your provider is using terms like LOA or ROP, the “O” stands for occiput and very simply just means the back of the baby’s head as it related to the pregnancy mom. It has helped to spread awareness of the condition and how it can be prevented. I’ve tried so hard to sleep on my back, but I always end up on my side. In other cases, sometimes changes in head shape due to spending too much time in one position. but i havent notice how both bad habits of mine have affected my looks. Neck lines are formed more because of poor sitting posture. So not sure how to solve it yet…so look forward to hearing your tips. Sleeping positions are a little more complicated for babies than for adults. When putting a diaper on the baby, keep his body straight, avoid hunchbacked and bandy-legged. I cant sleep if i sleep face up. 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. The most common cause of a flattened head is a baby's sleep position. It is very flexible in early infancy and as a result, baby’s head shapes can be affected by a variety of different external factors. I used to sleep quite a lot on that side too so left side of the face, more wrinkles. I wonder if the effects are more pronounced when we’re younger cos we’re still developing our structure and so forth. But one of my hopes in writing this series is to educate parents and caregivers that the plethora of baby … 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. If I remember correctly, sleeping on the back is not so good for those with health problems but otherwise, should not be too much of an issue. 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. This … I think that have a gd quality pillow is one of the key to promote gd nite sleep. From the WebMD Archives. As a result of these limitations in sleep positioning, the head shape can be affected … I sleep on my right side only, very specific lol. These techniques are simple to do and very effective. 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