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. Good sleep is essential to your health and well being. Your body is working hard while you are at rest. Sleep affects every aspect of your life so it is important to sleep the way that is most comfortable for 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.
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, try lying down on your left for some quick relief.
By sleeping on your side your lymph nodes, spleen, and heart have easier jobs to do. Since your left side is your dominant lymphatic side, drainage is easier and toxins are filtered quicker. Sleeping on your left side also take pressure off 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 releived.
Of course there is no one-size-fits-all for sleeping. Every body is different and has different needs. Certain health conditions may worsen by side sleeping, so be sure to check with your doctor before considering any such lifestyle change.