According to statistics, more than 40% of Americans sleep less than the recommended time. Insomnia is a big sleeping problem nowadays. Apart from leaving you with no energy in the morning, it has also been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions.
Sometimes, however, even when we get enough sleep overnight (7-8 hours), we may still feel very tired. It’s not the mattress or pillow – the fatigue may actually come from the position we sleep in. Experts say that how we sleep is just as important as the mattress we sleep on. Fortunately, according to Dr. John Douillard, there’s a way to improve your sleep and stop waking up tired. We need to get used to sleeping on the left side of our body to never wake up tired again and improve our overall health as well.
Why You Should Sleep on the Left Side
If you ask anyone what side of their body they sleep on, around half will answer the right. Sleep experts don’t recommend sleeping on this side of the body. It is said to have a negative effect on our health and especially our digestion, leaving us with sleepless nights. Sleeping on the left side, however, will boost your digestion and resolve problems such as heartburn and indigestion.
Here are four reasons why you should sleep on the left side of your body:
Improves Your Heart Health
Sleeping on the left will help drain the lymph nodes closest to your heart and help it work better. Over time, it will improve the way your heart functions.
Supports Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system may not be mentioned as often as the immune system, but it’s actually a major part of it and significantly important for our overall health. Sleeping on the left side of your body will drain the lymphatic system and help the lymph move around your body, resulting in the elimination of toxins and improved overall health.
As we already mentioned, sleeping on the left is great for your digestion and will help you relieve heartburn and other digestive problems.
Apart from being unpleasant for your partner, snoring is also a risk factor for heart problems. It’s pretty difficult to stop, but sleeping on the left side of your body will help you stop snoring and alleviate the problems it brings.