Have you ever stopped to think about how you like to sleep?
Most commonly I fall asleep on my left side, and it turns out, this position comes with many notable health benefits.
If you don’t sleep on your left side, here are 6 reasons to start:
6 Benefits of This Sleeping Position
1. Improves Drainage of the Lymphatic System
The Lymphatic system removes impurities and toxins from the body. According to experts, the lymphatic system drains into the thoracic duct placed on the left side.
That is why you will benefit if you sleep on the left side. Because in that way you will help to accelerate and facilitate the removal of toxins from the body.
In addition, the lymphatic system gathers protein that escaped from the cells. If you sleep on the left side, you can aid to bring them to where they are supposed to be.
2. Helps the Liver Not to Congest
The liver is on the right side of your body, and it can become congested if you spend hours sleeping on the right side.
Sleep on your left side in order to keep substances and toxins and for them to be neutralized by the liver before being moved out of your body or collected in the liver.
3. Normal Heart Function
The left side of the heart pumps blood towards your body. This makes sense why you need to sleep on the left side because in that way you can make it easier for your heart to function properly even when you sleep.
In addition, sleeping in this position can help the circulatory system to use gravity as a benefit, to be more specific with the aorta and the inferior vena cava i.e. IVC which is a big vein that helps carry the deoxygenated blood to your heart and is on the right side of the spine.
4. Improved Function of the Spleen
The spleen is the organ that is part of the lymphatic system. It is located on the left side of your body, and if you sleep on that side, you will help the spleen to function better.
What happens is that the gravity boosts the blood flow to the spleen and at the same time allowing it to filter the impurities.
5. Prevent Heartburn at Night
In case you have GERD i.e. gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux you should consider sleeping on your left side.
When you are in this position, your stomach is placed below the cardiac sphincter. The cardiac sphincter connects the esophagus to the stomach.
If you sleep on the left side, the contents found in the stomach won’t flow back into the esophagus, and that will prevent the nighttime GERD or acid reflux.
6. Boost the Gut to Help Get Rid of Waste Products
The ileocecal valve i.e. IV is a place on your left side where the junction of the large intestine and small intestine is located.
You need to sleep on your left side in order to boost the proper elimination of the waste products. While sleeping on your left side, you help them transfer from the small to the large intestine.
Thus allowing gravity to do its work and boost regular bowel movement.
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