The way you sleep can play an important role in your overall health and well-being. All people sleep in different positions but generally there are 4 main sleeping positions we all fall into, on the stomach, on the right side, the left side and on the back. But did you know that if you sleep on the wrong side you risk a plethora of health problems like heartburn, fatigue, sleep apnea, neck pain, stomach problems, back pain and even premature wrinkles.
But what is the beneficial sleeping position for your overall health? Science says that sleeping on the left side is the best for you, it promotes your overall health and helps you sleep better.
Here’s what will happen to your body if you sleep on your left side:
Your heart function will be improved
If you sleep on the left side your heart will be stimulated to pump more blood to your body and improve the circulatory system’s function.
Good for pregnant women
The majority of pregnant women say that they feel more comfortable sleeping on their right side but sleeping on the other side is more health beneficial. It improves blood circulation and protects the liver from excess weight especially in the late months of pregnancy.
If you sleep on your left side, you’ll lower your risk of GERD and acid reflux. The stomach will be aligned under the cardiac sphincter which separates the stomach from the esophagus, which means that what’s in your stomach can’t go back to the esophagus.
Improves lymphatic function
If you sleep on your left side, you’ll enhance toxins elimination from the lymphatic system.
Beneficial for the spleen
Your spleen is part of your lymphatic system and is located on your left side, which means that if sleeping on your left side improves lymphatic function it’s beneficial for the spleen as well. Thanks to gravity the toxin filtration system is improved.
It helps the gut filter toxins better
Your large and small intestines are separated by the ileocecal valve. When you sleep on the left side the waste transport between your intestines and through the valve is improved thanks to gravity.
Even your liver function is improved if you sleep on your left side. How? Well, it maintains all the toxins neutralized before they get accumulated in the liver.
These are all the health benefits you’ll experience if you start sleeping on the left side. If you want to take advantage of them start sleeping like this right away.
Article and image source : http://globalmedicinehouse.com/2018/01/16/sleeping-left-side/