A regular and good night’s sleep is very important for a healthy life. After a long day being on our feet nothing is more necessary than our bed, the place where we can be fully unwind and relaxed. We spend the greatest deal of our lives sleeping, since we sleep on average for about eight hours a day, which is about one third of our total lives.
While it’s common knowledge that a good nights rest is vitally important for maintaining our health and wellness, both mentally and physically, it’s not so well known that the position you sleep in can also greatly affect your health.
People sleep in different positions – some like to sleep on the right side, some sleep on their backs, while others are comfortable sleeping in the fetal position. Each of these positions affects your health positively or negatively. For example, sleeping on the back can be dangerous for people who have asthma and/or sleep apnea. It increases the risks associated with breathing difficulties. On the other hand, sleeping on the right side can aggravate digestive problems and end up making them a lot worse. These negative effects and issues lead to lower quality sleep, but also less amounts of it.
Regarding the benefits it is far better to sleep on the left side than on any other.
- First, it can improve the overall digestion system, helping us digest better and easier. It allows the body to extract nutrients and dispose toxins faster and more efficient.
- Second, it can improve our circulation and cardiovascular system, enabling the heart to pump downhill and the blood to circulate more efficiently.
- Third, it improves spleen function as well as allowing for bile and wastes to travel freely through the body. In this way, the toxins are leaving the body faster and easier as well as a better lymphatic drainage is achieved. It will reduce stress as well.
As you can see, the left side position has more than just one health benefit. Try it now and you will be able to feel the effects soon.
Try to make the switch as soon as possible if you are not sleeping on your left side already. Every one of us has a habitual, preferred way of sleeping and it can be very hard to break that habit, but it is possible to change using several minor adjustments. Train your body to sleep on the left side by switching on a light that’s located on the right side of where you sleep. Your body will naturally want to face away from the light source and you’ll turn on to the left side.
If sleeping on the left side improves health and promotes better sleep, why wouldn’t you want to do it!