You have heard that getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and can prevent you from having serious health complications such as depression, weight gain, and high blood pressure.
But did you know that even when you do manage to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, you may be complicating your health by how you sleep?
Yep, you read right.
Amazingly, just as there are sleep positions that can be causing you pain, health experts believe that sleeping on your left side has many great health benefits for you.
Benefits of left-side sleeping:
- It improves the function of your lymphatic system
- The left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side, and while you’re sleeping on this side, your body will have more time to filter toxins, lymph fluid, and waste.
- It allows your spleen to do its job better
- When you lay on the left side, drainage back to the spleen is once again helped and made easier by gravity.
- It promotes proper elimination of waste products
- It allows gravity to encourage the food waste to move more easily from your small intestine into your large intestine.
- It may reduce nighttime heartburn
- In this position, your stomach will be situated below the cardiac sphincter that connects your esophagus to your stomach; preventing stomach contents from coming back up into the esophagus.
- It saves your liver from overloading
- Your liver is on the right side of the body. So, laying on your left side won’t allow the toxins and other harmful substances to overload your liver.
- It’s good for your heart
- The left side of the heart receives blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body. Therefore, sleeping on your left side may help your heart to do its job more easily and efficiently.
- Its good for Mom and baby
- It is recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart
- Left-side sleeping is beneficial if you have obstructive sleep apnea, and prone to general snoring
I bet you had no idea that sleeping on your left side could have quite so many positive effects.
For me, while I certainly may toss and turn during the night, I will be trying to fall asleep on my left starting tonight!