Most people are aware that sleep is very important for maintaining a good physical and mental health. However, what is not very well known is that the position in which you sleep, is just as important as the duration of your sleep.
In fact, the sleeping position can influence your health, help in keeping your skin looking young and healthy, and improve your digestion.
There are eight sleeping positions and they all affect your health. Sleeping on the left side can greatly improve health and even save lives. Read on to learn why you should begin sleeping on your left side.
Sleeping on the back can cause breathing difficulties and it can be particularly dangerous for people with asthma or sleep apnea, whereas sleeping on the right side is likely to worsen digestion problems.
The Health Benefits Of Sleeping On Your Left Side
Research suggests sleeping on the left side can relieve heartburn symptoms, and it is also recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart. The most ancient tradition of oriental medicine (Ayurvedic), as well as the Indian alternative medicine, recommend the same sleeping position.
The left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side, and while sleeping on the left side, your body has more time to filter toxins, lymph fluid, and waste through the thoracic duct and the lymph nodes.
On the contrary, sleeping on your right side may cause your lymphatic system to run slower, which increases your risk of deadly diseases due to the build-up of toxins. When a lymphatic system does not run at full efficiency, it can become incapable of filtering toxins, or properly moving lymph fluid throughout the body.
Once you start sleeping on your left side, you will notice your body becoming more efficient at toxin disposal through waste. This sleeping position improves the digestive system, and allows your body to promptly extract nutrients and dispose toxins.
How To Learn To Sleep On The Left Side
If you usually sleep on your front, back or your right side, you may be wondering how to break that habit. It can take some practice, but it is possible to quickly train your body to sleep in this position:
- Lay on your left side and press a full-length body pillow up against your back. The pillow will prevent you from rolling over during the night.
- Switch the side of the bed you sleep on. This will make it easier for you to flip to your other side and enjoy the same sleeping experience.
- Keep a dim light lit on your right side. Since your body will naturally want to turn away from the light during sleep, it will make it easier for you to sleep on your left side.