One of my goals this year was to get more sleep. I’ve recently come across some information regarding the “best” position to sleep in. It seems that some scientific evidence points to the fact that sleeping on your left side is the best for your body. Apparently, the theory that sleeping on your left side is best for your health and sleep stems from the ancient mind/health/body belief called Ayurveda. Ayurveda originated in India, and is the belief that the mind and body are connected, and the mind has the ability to heal and transform the body. As I’m sure you know, this belief system has been scientifically studied, and is thought to be true. All the different body systems are connected, including the mind.
So, sleeping on our left sides seems to have a variety of benefits. First of all, it benefits the lymphatic system by helping to filter out waste and fluid through the lymph nodes. Also, this sleep position helps to drain waste material from the brain. Science has found that sleeping on your right-side can decrease the lymphatic system’s ability to filter waste and fluid. Sleeping on your left side also helps with digestion by helping food waste move through the large intestine and into the colon more easily, keeping you from having bowel problems.
Some other benefits of sleeping on your left side include keeping your heart healthy by again helping the lymphatic system drain. Pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their left side in order to improve blood circulation to the heart, relieve pressure on their backs and increase blood flow to their livers, uterus, kidneys and fetus. If you suffer from acid reflux, sleeping on your left side can reduce these symptoms because the stomach is on the left side. This position keeps the acid in the stomach.
I’ve been trying to sleep on my left side more often. My husband snores exceedingly loudly, and since he sleeps to the left of me, often on his right side, this usually ends up with him snoring in my ear. I’ve been trying to get him to sleep on his left side also. What side do you sleep on? Have you noticed any difference in quality of sleep when you sleep on your left side? Let me know in the comments below.