Your sleep pattern could be forecasting a health problem by causing it. So many factors make a difference in the way you sleep. Some doctors suggest that you sleep on your back, while others say it may be a factor in sleep apnea.
One thing is sure; there are health risks if you sleep on your right side and even more so if you’re pregnant. So why all the fuss about sleeping on the left side? It appears that sleeping on our left side is good for our digestions, our backs, and even our hearts because of the position of various organs.
Here are the 6 Benefits While Sleeping on Your Left Side.
So when you sleep on your left side, you’re allowing gravity to take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen, both of which are also located on the left side of your body.
Moreover, sleeping on the left side can aid the body to process waste materials from the brain based on an American research. In contrast, sleeping on your right side can decrease the lymphatic system’s efficiency.
You may wake up with the rubber arm syndrome where you have to move your body to swing it and can’t grasp anything for a few minutes. As feeling starts to return to your arm, the familiar pins and needle stinging returns for a few more moments of discomfort.
It might not just happen in your arms; sometimes side sleeping causes one leg to become numb, then a fast trip to the bathroom is impossible. Numb appendages can cause you to awaken in the middle of the night and sometimes not fall back to sleep again. Interrupted sleep or limited sleep is detrimental to your health.
Watch out for GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. If you’re frequently experiencing heartburn, you may have a more serious condition that’s aggravated by sleeping on the right side, GERD. The constant splashing of stomach acid into the esophagus can cause permanent damage and even lead to cancer.
Even though it might seem that everything points to better health by sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side has some benefits. It can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, while also reducing the risk of sleep apnea. Most doctors agree that sleeping on the back still rates as the best.
This allows food waste to easily move from the large intestine into the descending colon (meaning you’re more likely to have a bowel movement upon waking). It is even recommended to take 10-minute rests lying on your left side after eating to help your meal be better digested and to recover from the dreaded “food coma” quicker.
Sleeping on the left side also allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally (our stomach lies on the left side of the body), which can keep the development of pancreatic enzymes and other digestive processes humming.
① Sleeping on the right side might restrict the flow of blood to the unborn child.
② When you sleep on the right side, it can damage the placenta and that plays a huge role in the health of the unborn child.
③ Sleeping on the right side can restrict nutrient access for the fetus.
④ The volume and weight of your body press on the liver when you’re pregnant and lay on your right side. That can cause damage and create a health problem.
Stillbirth can be one of the most devastating outcomes of right sided sleepers. The more advanced the pregnancy, the more potential there is for a problem. In the last trimester, the potential for a still born to right side sleepers doubles.
Watch the Amazing Benefits on Sleeping the Left Side
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Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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