Here’s Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side (Backed by Science)
What side of the body do you normally sleep on? Is it difficult for you to decide which position would be best for you to sleep in? Some people know the answer to that question, but for many, doubt seeps back in every time they have trouble falling asleep. Will you feel more rested on your back? Would lying on your stomach be better? Experts advise that the best side to sleep on is the left side.
Dr. John Douillard will explain us how sleeping on our left side may be the ideal way to give your body the rest it needs. Here aresome reasons why the left side is seemingly the best one for the sleep.
- Spine and breathing
According to Joint Essential, sleeping on your back puts too much pressure on the upper back and hips, and leaves your lower back in a suspended state which is dangerous in the long run. Additionally, sleeping on your stomach strains both your lower back and your neck. WebMD says that sleeping on your side is the best at providing optimal air flow to the lungs.
Dr. Douillard writes on LifeSpa that if you sleep on your left side, the food will travel more swiftly from your small intestine to your large intestine, and then in the descending colon.It is good to take 10-minute rests lying on your left side, after eating in order to help your meal be better digested and to recover from the dreaded “food coma” quicker.
- Lymph draining
Douillard gives an explanation thatmost of the lymphatic system is present on the left side of your body.When lymphatic congestion happens, it is frequently on the left-hand side. Sleeping on the left side allows gravity to take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen. Of course,the heart and the spleen are located on the left side of your body.
According to Dr. Steven Park, sleep professional, if you are trying to forcefully alter the position you sleep in could actually make things worse, because you will be breaking your sleeping habits.