Sleeping On The Left Side Of Your Body Can Have Some Incredible Effects

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Do you often find yourself tossing and turning trying to fall asleep? Are you one of those people that has to have one foot out from under the blanket to be comfortable? Personally, I have to have one leg completely bent up while the other is sprawled across my bed. But despite all these personal turns out there’s actually a healthy way to sleep!

Turns out, not only do experts say sleep on your side, but they recommend a specific side. Dr. John Douillard has turned to Ayurveda, an alternative form of medicine from India, to explain how sleeping on your left side may be the best way to give your body the rest it needs.

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Fancy hearing more about how to get the healthiest sleep available? Well, on the next page you can check out the three things that could be heavily affected just by sleeping on your left side.

According to medicine and science, the left side of your body is the clear winner when it comes to finding a comfortable (and healthy) way to sleep. But be careful! Forcefully changing your sleep habits all at once could actually make things worse for your body. Below we have the three things that will most definitely be aided by getting a full night’s sleep on your left side.

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1. Spine and breathing

Unless you take specific measures to ensure proper positioning while you’re asleep, you should stick to your side. It’s the least harmful position on your spine. Sleeping on your back puts too much pressure on the upper back and your hips, and often leaves your lower back in a suspended state. Likewise, sleeping on your stomach strains both your lower back and your neck. Also, apparently sleeping on your side is the best at providing optimal air flow for to your lungs.

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2. Digestion

The way your intestines travel across your stomach, sleeping on your left side will help it process food waste faster. On your left, food will travel more swiftly from your small intestine to your large and then into the descending colon. It’s even recommend to take 10 minute rests lying on your left side after eating to help your meal digest easier. This also helps combat dreaded food comas.

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3. Lymph draining

The majority of the lymphatic system is present on the left side of your body. When lymphatic congestion occurs, it’s frequently on the left side. So, when you sleep on your left side, you’re allowing gravity to do it’s job and take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen – both located on the left hand side of your body.

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So we’ve spoken a lot about bodily function and things like… lymph drainage. Gross. In order to lighten your spirits, there’s a video of a puppy sleeping on the next page I know you’re dying to see.

This puppy might be on his back but looks like he’s trying to run, so he’s got that going for him. I wish I could run in my sleep; I’d be doing exercise while unconscious, which is surely the only way to go for someone lazy like myself.

I can’t decide if I’m going to sleep on my back to attempt to run in my sleep like this pup, or if I should actually try to sleep on my left side and see if I notice a difference.

 

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