What side of the body do you usually sleep on? On the right or on the left? Or are you perhaps one who sleeps belly up? Experts advise that the best side to sleep on is the left side. Let us explain why.
5 benefits of sleeping on the left side
Perhaps the title of this article surprised you. You may be one of those people who, until now, had never stopped to think about the fact that sleeping in a certain position can be more or less beneficial to your body. But it seems that yes, it is important.
The reality is that Eastern medicine has already been telling us for some time that we should all sleep on the left side of our body. Well, a recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology has shown us through a few simple principles, explained by Dr. John Doulliard, to help us understand the reasons better. From our perspective, we’ll provide you with a short review in order for you to put this advice into practice. We are sure that you will be convinced.
1. To promote proper lymphatic drainage
Dr. Doulliard tells us that sleeping on the left side is the most natural. This part is the dominant side of the lymphatic system. It is here where the lymph system drains; the lymph system carries important elements like proteins, glucose, metabolites and those elements that must be filtered by the lymph nodes and that have to be drained to the left side. So, remember, the first reason is precisely for our lymph system.
2. For anatomical reasons
You may not remember now, but both the stomach and the pancreas are mostly on the left side of our body. If our sleeping position is on this side, we favor better digestion. It is a way to better channel the gastric juices and more easily promote the secretion of pancreatic enzymes. Thus it helps the digestion work little by little, instead of all at once, such as often happens when we sleep on the right side.
3. For the health of your heart
Surprised? Surely. This study tells us that over 80% of the heart is on the left side of the body and through the simple act of sleeping on the left side, we will benefit its health in a simple and natural way — mostly by means of the lymphatic system which drains easier in this position. Another aspect to consider is that the aorta leaves our heart making an arc to the left side in order to reach the abdomen. If we sleep on this side, on the left side, our heart will pump more easily and optimally, pumping the blood more readily. Did you take note?
4. Are you someone who takes naps?
If you are someone who always takes a nap or someone who feels obligated to do so after eating a lot, then remember to sleep on the left side. This will favor digestion. You will get up more alert and less tired, and without a bellyache. Try it and see how good you feel after a little nap on the left side.
5. For the health of our spleen
The spleen, as you will remember, is also on the left side of the body. This organ is also a basic part of the lymphatic system, being necessary to filter blood and execute an adequate lymphatic function. If we sleep on the left side of our body, we will help get our fluids directed to the spleen in a more simple way, favoring the natural sense of gravity in our body. Most of our lymphatic system performs its task on this side.
So now you know, for your health, it is always more advisable to sleep on the left side. Shall we try it tonight?