Research shows that, for many people, sleeping on the left side may be the ticket to better health and better sleep.
It bolsters the lymphatic system.Sleeping on your left side allows your body to better filter lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes as the left side of our body is the dominant lymphatic side.
It can improve digestion. This is due to the simple matter of gravity. Lying on the left side allows food waste to easily move from the large intestine into the descending colon. Sleeping on the left side also allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally.
It’s good for your heart. Sleeping on the left side may help to take some pressure off the heart, as gravity can facilitate both lymph drainage toward and aortic circulation away from the heart.
It’s ideal for pregnant women. Sleeping on the left side helps to relieve pressure on the back, keep the uterus from squeezing the liver, and increase blood flow to the uterus, kidneys, and fetus.
It can reduce heartburn. A study found that lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. The effects are fairly immediate; if you’re struggling with heartburn after a meal, try taking a 10-minute lie-down on your left side.
It can relieve back pain. Sleeping on your side can relieve pressure on the spine. Feeling more comfortable, in turn, will improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.