This Is Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side
It is well known that your body and mind are only regenerating during sleep. People all over the globe are trying to adjust their sleeping routine in order to reach the perfect balance in modern life.
Going to bed on time, avoiding over-sleeping or increasing your bedtime quality might already work perfectly for you. But here’s how sleeping on your left side might take some extra benefits out your time spent asleep.
It bolsters the lymphatic system
Ayurvedic medicine claims that sleeping on the left side lets one’s body to be more efficient in process of filtering lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes since the left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side. Processing the waste materials from the brain, according to the Western medicine, goes easier if one sleeps on the left side.
It may improve digestion
Due to the logic of gravity, sleeping on the left side allows food waste to easily move from the large intestine into the descending colon, making the entire food processing system work under less pressure once you fall asleep, especially with your full belly. This also helps the spleen to supply the system with food processing enzymes.
It’s good for your heart
Especially for the pregnant women, sleeping on the right side of the body is advised, due to the relief of the pressure from the heart which comes as the gravity facilitates lymph drainage and aortic circulation. In general, one does necessarily have to be woman or pregnant for this sleeping technique to be beneficial to the body.
It’s ideal for pregnant women
Aside from previously mentioned benefits to the circulation, sleeping on the left side is recommended for pregnant women also for relieving the pressure uterus creates on the liver. Sleeping on the left side also increases blood flow to fetus, uterus, and kidneys, for what doctors usually recommend pregnant women to spend as much time possible this way.
It may reduce heartburn
The connection between seeping on the left side of the body and reduction of the acid reflux symptoms was introduced in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Since the stomach lies on the left side, lying on that very left side can decrease heartburn after a meal, again – due to the logic of gravity, even in time as short as ten minutes.
It may relieve back pain
People with chronic back pain can also benefit from sleeping on the left side since sleeping this way relieves partially the pressure off the spine. With certain pressure relieved, sleeping gets more comfortable and less painful, so the chances of getting decent night sleep increase seriously by this simple action.
Helps circulatory system
Sleeping on the left side of the body is advised to people who have issues with circulatory system and issues with varicose veins. This is because the body’s biggest vein, vena cava is located on the right side of the body, and sleeping on the left side relieves the pressure off of it, ensuring easier blood flow.
Helps spleen and stomach
Due to the gravity and their position on the right side of the body, sleeping on the right side helps the work of pancreas and in the following stomach. If the spleen is not pressured by the weight of other organs and muscles, it is able to produce food processing enzymes more easily, as it hangs freely and unpressured.
People who have issues with loud snoring, caused by obstructive sleep apnea can also benefit from sleeping on the left side, or any side for that matter. Sleeping this way, according to the Medical Daily, reduces the impact of the ’obstacles’ in the air flow that is actually a cause of that loud snoring sound.
Good night sleep
Combination of the relief brought by reduced snoring more rested spine, faster waist degradation will all affect the general feeling of having a better and healthier night sleep. It might seem completely unrelated, but things as simple as switching to sleeping on the left side can really improve your health and sleep.