Do you have your favorite position to sleep? We all have one. But if we told you that experts advise us to sleep on the left side for health reasons, do you think that you could change your habits and sleep on the left side?
They not only suggest it, but they recommend it!
Dr. Douillard practices the "Ayurveda, a traditional medicine from India also practiced in other parts of the world to explain how sleeping on the left side can be beneficial to us.
3 GOOD REASONS FOR SLEEPING ON OUR LEFT SIDE:
1) THE SPINE AND BREATHING:
Joint Essential tells us that unless it is for specific reasons, we should always sleep on the side because if we sleep on the back, our body has too much pressure on the top of our spine, hips and the bottom of our back is not lean on the mattress, which becomes harmful with time. While sleeping on the stomach, tends the lower back and neck, which is no better. WebMD adds that sleeping on the left side is even better than sleeping on the right side, since it provides an optimal airflow to the lungs.
Intestines cross the stomach, food waste is eliminated more quickly if you sleep on the left side according to Dr. Douillard. By sleeping on the left side, food moves faster from the large intestine to the small intestine, then to the colon. It even recommends taking a 10-minute rest, lying on your left side after eating to help your meal to be better digested.
The majority of your body's lymphatic system (blood vessels) is on the left side and when a congestion occurs, it is often found on the left side of the body. So by sleeping on your left side you allow the gravity to take some of the lymphatic drainage pressure away from your heart and your spleen which are also located on your left side.
Dr. Steven Park, a sleep clinic specialist, says that if you really have to force yourself to sleep on the left side because it is not comfortable for you, it could hurt you, because you will go against your sleep. But if it is not too hard for you to sleep in this position, try it, it will be beneficial.