Avoid facial wrinkles by sleeping on your back. Yeah right.

Beauty in Seattle on 18 Jul 2006 at 9:57am

One of the year's best Oprah shows of 2006 had to be "How to stop the clock on aging".

Shelby, a stunning 55-year old salsa dancer, offered up her key secret for how she takes care of herself: "I sleep on my back."

In a classic Oprah non-judgmental way, Oprah responded with a "whatever works for you. Whatever works for you."

What a silly notion. As if sleeping position affects our physical appearance. Except that today another story suggested I was wrong to scoff.

London-based plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Karidis stated that:

"If you sleep on your side or face down, pressure on the face literally causes the skin to wrinkle. This is particularly true of the nasal-labial fold, which is the line that runs from the nose to the mouth. Laughter lines can also form from sleeping this way as the skin around the eyes is particularly thin. Whenever you wake up during the night and find yourself on your side or front, switch to sleeping on your back again."

In spite of the good doctor's comment, how much gravity pull is there when your head is on a soft pillow?