6 Reasons Why You Must Sleep On Your Left Side

 

Although, I wouldn't say I sleep on my left side until I got this piece of Information, but for those who toss and turn in bed trying to determine which position would be best for you to sleep in? Will you feel more rested on your back? Would lying on your stomach be better? As it turns out, not only do experts say you should stick to your side, but they even recommend a specific one at that.

Dr. John Douillard turns to ayurveda, an alternative form of medicine from India, to explain how sleeping on your left side may be the ideal way to give your body the rest it needs. Here are 5 reasons why sleeping on your left side will ensure the next day is bright and sunny.

1. Spine and breathing

Joint Essential explains that sleeping on your side is least naturally harmful to your spine, as sleeping on your back puts too much pressure on the upper back and hips, and leaves your lower back in a suspended state that is harmful in the long run. Likewise, sleeping on your stomach strains both your lower back and your neck. 

Also sleeping on your side allows optimal air flow into your lungs

2. It’s good for your heart.

Sleeping on the left side may help to take some pressure off the heart, as gravity can facilitate both lymph drainage toward and aortic circulation away from the heart. That said, it should be noted that there’s some debate over whether sleeping on the left or right side is best for heart health.

3. It’s ideal for pregnant women.

Doctors have long recommended that pregnant women sleep on their left side in order to improve circulation to the heart. Sleeping on the left side doesn’t only improve pregnant women’s circulation. It can also help to relieve pressure on the back, keep the uterus from squeezing the liver, and increase blood flow to the uterus, kidneys, and fetus. For this reason, doctors tend to recommend that pregnant women spend as much of their sleep time as possible on their left sides.

4. Digestion

Sleeping on your left enables swift movement and processing of food particles from your small intestine to your large intestine, then into the descending colon.

It is even recommended to take 10-minute rests lying on your left side after eating to help your meal be better digested and to recover from the dreaded “food coma” quicker.

5. It may relieve back pain.

People who suffer from chronic back pain may benefit from switching to left-side sleeping. That’s because sleeping on your side can relieve pressure on the spine. Feeling more comfortable, in turn, will improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.


6. It may reduce heartburn.

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. Again this is because our stomach lies on the left side. Conversely, lying on the right side may aggravate these symptoms. The effects are fairly immediate; if you’re struggling with heartburn after a meal, try taking a 10-minute lie-down on your left side.

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