Benefits People Get When They Sleep on Their Left Side
Most people don’t know that the way they sleep can seriously affect their health. (1) Usually, people sleep in various positions. According to professionals, there are three basic positions in which people sleep: stomach, back, and side.
Also, people tend to have many other variables for the main sleeping positions. The way people sleep may cause the following:
- Pain in the back and the neck
- Muscle cramps
- Sleep apnea
- Poor circulation
- Problems with your stomach
When you are sleeping on your side you have a more proper rest, and you are less likely to have interrupted sleep. Sleeping on your left side has been shown to be beneficial. (2)
Below we will talk about why sleeping on the left side is useful. After reading this article, you may at least try to sleep in this position.
1. Proper Function of the Heart
The heart is on our left side and it pumps blood toward our bodies. So, the professionals recommend we sleep on the left side, so it would be easier for the heart to work normally even when we are sleeping.
Also, this sleeping position allows the circulatory system to use gravity as an advantage.
2. Good For Pregnant Women
Some pregnant women find it easier to sleep on their right side, and that’s okay. Anyway, they need to know sleeping on the left side offers benefits, especially in the last three months of the pregnancy.
The benefits are improved blood circulation and the liver is kept safe from the unwanted weight.
3. Improves the Work of the Lymphatic System
Our lymphatic system is responsible for keeping our organisms clean. It helps us get rid of the toxins and impurities in our bodies.
Professionals say that sleeping on the left side helps the lymphatic system work better and drain into the thoracic duct which is located on the left side.
As you can see sleeping on your left helps you purify your organism. In addition, the lymphatic system wraps escaped proteins and bring them where they need to be.
4. The Liver is Not Congested
The liver is located on the right side of your body, so if you sleep on your right side, it can become congested. When you sleep on your left side, toxins and substances are neutralized by the liver before they are removed from your body or gathered in the liver.
5. Better Function of the Spleen
Your left side is the region in which the spleen is located which is also a part of the lymphatic system. And, when you sleep on your left side, you boost the functionality of the spleen.
With the help of gravity, the blood goes to the spleen and improves its function, and the toxins are removed as well.
6. Stop Heartburn
If you have GERD or acid reflux you should try sleeping on your left side. When you are sleeping in this position, your stomach is placed between the cardiac sphincter which connected the esophagus to the belly.
While sleeping on the left side, the fluids in the stomach cannot go back to the esophagus, so you will stop the acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease.
7. Enhance the Gut to Remove the Toxins
The Ileocecal valve is located on your left side. This IV connects the large and small intestines. If you want to enhance the removal of waste products, you should try sleeping on your left side.
The left side position and gravity help the transfer of waste product from the small to the large intestine, and bowel movement is improved.
In the video above the benefits of sleeping on your left side are thoroughly explained.
Since now you are aware of the advantages of sleeping on your left side, you should try. Even though it may be difficult to adapt at first, it will eventually become a habit, and you will benefit from it.