Sleep. We need it in order to maintain good health. Sleep allows us to wind our bodies down after a hectic, long day. There are many ways to ensure you are getting the best sleep like going to bed at the exact time every night, maintaining the bedroom in a cool temperature setting, and turning off the lights completely.
But did you know that there is one thing that may be hurting you when you are sleeping? Your sleep position may actually be negatively impacting your overall health and it’s relying on one side that is the most damaging.
The good news is that you can train your body to move to the correct side. You will be glad you did.
People who sleep on the right side of their bodies are causing long term damage.
Studies have shown that sleeping on the right side helps the stomach’s gastric acid travel to the esophagus. Over time, this increases the risk of developing esophageal and stomach cancer.
Switching to your left side will improve your health.
The left side of your body is considered the “dominant weak side.” Sleeping on the left gives the body the opportunity to filter out the toxins, lymph fluid, and waste. This is done through the lymph nodes and thoracic duct.
Digestion gets extra help when you choose the correct side.
Waste moves from the large intestine to the colon partly due to gravity when you turn to the left. This may explain people having a bowel movement as soon as they get up in the morning.
Women who are pregnant need to switch to this side immediately. It allows for proper blood flow to the heart for both mommy and baby. It also helps to relive the pressure from your back. Furthermore, it keeps the uterus from squeezing the liver.
If you suffer from back pain, sleeping on the left will relive the pressure put on your spine.
Do it for your brain.
Researchers believe switching sides helps the brain remove waste chemicals. They believe this is why some animals tend to sleep on one side as well.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicine. The Sanskrit word translates to “life knowledge.” This practice believes sleeping on the left benefits our bodies’ organs the best.
It’s going to take time to create the habit of sleeping differently. Try putting a pillow on your back so it discourages you from rolling back and switch sides by sleeping on the opposite side of the bed.