Sleep deficiencies affect more than 40% of people in America. They can lead to health issues such as weight gain, depression, chronic fatigue and even chronic conditions such as hypertension.
Yet, even people who regularly get their 8 hours of night sleep can suffer from sleep issues, as the position in which we sleep also affects the quality of sleep. Sleep experts claim that the improper sleep position can cause tummy issues, premature wrinkles, and neck and back pain.
Our sleeping position affects our overall health and mood, so it can also help us to improve the quality of the rest we get, without spending money o new mattresses. The sleep expert, Dr. John Douillard claims that “Emphasizing the left side for rest and sleep offers some time-tested wisdom for very real health and longevity benefits.” Experts also say that our healthy digestion also depends on our sleeping position, and warn asthmatics not to sleep on the back.
These are the benefits of sleeping on the left side:
1. Relieves Heartburn
If you had a heavier dinner, and are prone to heartburn, you should sleep on the left side to relieve the discomfort.
2. Stops Snoring
Apparently, snoring is also bad for the health and the function of the heart, but you can reduce it by sleeping on the left side. Medical Daily reports “Sleeping on your side is beneficial for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, prone to general snoring.”
3. Improves Heart Health
Sleeping on the left side improves the health of the heart, and Dr. John Douillard explains it: “It makes sense that if you sleep on your left side, the lymph drainage toward the heart will again be helped by gravity, taking some of the workload off the heart as you sleep.”
4. Helps the Lymphatic System
The role of the lymphatic system (lymph nodes) is extremely important for our overall health, and sleeping on the left side stimulates the filtering of toxins, lymph fluid, and waste.