Sleeping on your stomach could cause back problems and breakouts

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Tired of waking up to a new pimple each morning? Have an achy back each time you get out of bed?

If it sounds like this is an infomercial to buy a miracle product that can fix all of these problems, it's not. There's something you can do about your skin and back problems for free.

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It's simple. Don't sleep on your stomach!

Sleeping face down in the sheets puts your spine out of alignment and may cause neck and back problems.

Not only that, but smashing your face into a dirty pillowcase brings on wrinkles and acne, because they double as a sponge for your skin and hair products (not to mention sweat and drool).

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That's according to someone who wrote the book on healthy sleep positions, author and health guru, Shawn Stevenson. Experts from the National Sleep Foundation agree, adding that the only good thing sleeping on your stomach does is that it cuts down on snoring, and helps those with sleep apnea.

Other than that, it's hard to keep your spine in a neutral position and puts pressure on muscles and joints which can lead to numbness and aches.

And about those breakouts: experts recommend laundering your pillowcases every two to three days.

Finally, those at the National Sleep Foundation say sleeping on your back is best for your health because it allows your head, neck and spine to be in a neutral position.

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