Over 40% of the American population don’t get enough sleep and this leads to an increased risk of a number of health problems including depression, high blood pressure, weight gain and so on. Even those of us who do manage to get the recommended 7-8 hours every night, how you sleep can affect your overall health as well. Experts say that your sleeping position can be the main reason why you feel shoulder and back pain, why your stomach hurts and even why your face is showing premature signs of aging.

Sleep is essential for every human being. There’s even an entire industry built on promoting high quality sleep, expensive pillows and mattresses promising to give you the high quality sleep you so desperately need. However, in this article we’ll show you that your sleep can be significantly improved without having to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive products.

Sleep expert Dr. John Douillard points out that the position in which one sleeps is crucial to the quality of sleep. According to him, sleeping on the left side offers significant benefits, improves your overall health and provides longevity. And it’s not just Dr. Douillard, other medical experts agree that a proper sleeping position is vital for healthy digestion and many other health aspects. Moreover, asthmatics are not advised to sleep on their back as it may aggravate their condition.

 Health Benefits from Sleeping on Your Left Side

  1. Get relief from heartburn

If you often have problems with heartburn you might want to consider sleeping on your left side cause it’s known to provide relief. Consequently, sleeping on your right side can actually make matters worse and aggravate the heartburn so experts recommend that you change your preferred sleep position to the left side.

  1. Boost your lymph flow

The lymphatic system is not so familiar to us but what we do know about it is that it’s vital for the proper functioning of every organ in our body. According to experts the left side of your body is the lymph side so sleeping on this side actually boosts the lymphatic system and promotes lymph flow, filtering and improve its function overall.

  1. Better cardiovascular health

Sleeping on the left side is also beneficial for your cardiovascular system, promoting heart health and protecting you from an array of diseases. Dr. Douillard says that shouldn’t be surprising if we consider that when we sleep on the left side the lymph drainage to the heart is helped by gravity and will alleviate the heart’s function while you sleep.

  1. Prevent snoring

Snoring can be quite a problem especially if you’re on the receiving end and your partner is a loud and chronic snorer. But snoring is bad for the person who snores and it has negative effects on his heart and overall health. Medical Daily reports that sleeping on the left side is good for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and who are prone to snoring.


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