Roll Over! Cozy Benefits of Sleeping on Your Left Side
Old habits are hard to kick. That may be why a surprising 47% of people sleep they way they did when they were babies, on their sides. Women are even more likely to curl up than men as 54% of women are side sleepers compared to 39% of men. It really makes sense considering the fetal position is just that, the position that is familiar to being in the womb. Good healthy sleep is essential to your health and well being. Your body is still working hard while you are at rest. Sleep actually affects every aspect of your life so it's important to sleep the way that is most comfortable to you. If you are part of the side sleeper club, here are some more relaxing reasons to roll over, particularly to the left.
Sleeping on your left side helps food waste make its way from the small intestine to the large intestine. The stomach and the pancreas are also in a better position when you sleep on the left. In a nutshell, if sleeping on your left is regular then you just may be more regular too.
Sleeping on your left side can ease heartburn symptoms while sleeping on your right can actually make them worse. If you're feeling the heat after a spicy meal, trying lying down on your left for some quick relief.
By sleeping on your side left your lymph nodes, spleen and heart have easier jobs to do. Since your left side is the dominant lymphatic side, drainage is easier and toxins are filtered quicker. Sleeping on your left side also takes pressure of your heart which improves circulation.
-Helps Get Rid of Varicose Veins
The largest vein in your body is on the right side. By sleeping on your left you are relieving pressure and improving circulation which can help with those pesky veins.
-Perfect for Pregnancy
Left side sleeping is ideal for pregnant women. Blood flow is increased to the uterus, fetus, heart, and other vital organs. Pressure on the spine is also relieved.
Of course there is no one-size-fits-all for sleeping. Every body is different and everybody's needs are different. Certain health conditions may be worsened by side sleeping, so be sure to check with your doctor before considering any such lifestyle change.