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Why Sleeping on Your Left Side is Good for Your Health! 

 August 13, 2015

By  Gabriela

We all know that sleep affects both our mental and physical health.

But, only a small number of people are aware of the fact that how we sleep is equally important as the amount of time we spent sleeping.

The sleep position you prefer can significantly affect your health and it can also improve the look of your skin and your digestive health.

As a matter of fact, sleeping on your left side can sometimes be a life saver. If you are not sleeping on your left side, read this article and you will probably give this position a try.

It Actually Matters Which Side You Sleep On

When you decide to sleep on your right side, left side, your back or on the front, you are actually making a decision that has influence of your overall health.

If you are sleeping on your back, you will experience trouble with your breathing which is especially dangerous in cases of asthma or sleep apnea.

On the other hand, if you choose to sleep on the right side you can experience digestive problems, while if you choose the left side you should improve the work of the digestive system and experience few other health benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Sleeping On Your Left Side

If you sleep on the left side, you can drastically improve your overall health and in some cases even save your own life. According to holistic experts, this side of the body is controlling the lymphatic system. Sleeping on the left side provides the body a chance to get rid of the toxins, waste and lymph fluid by using the help of the lymph nodes and thoracic duct.

On the other hand, sleeping on the right side of the body may slow down the work of the lymphatic system. In case the lymphatic system is not working to the maximum, your body may not be able to filter all the toxins and provide proper distribution of lymph fluid. If this situation continues for a longer period of time, the toxins will begin to accumulate which means that the chances of experiencing some dangerous disease are much higher.

In addition, sleeping on your life side usually has positive impact on the body’s ability to eliminate toxins through waste. When you sleep on this side, the digestive system is functioning properly and your body can absorb the nutrients and get rid of toxins or waste.

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Learn How To Sleep in This Position

In case you are used to sleep on your right side, on the front or on your back, you may think that making changes is impossible, but that’s not true. If you are ready to practice, if you are dedicated and willing to spend some time trying, you will be able to make your body get used to sleeping in every position. Here’s a short list of tips:

  • Change the side of the bed that you usually use. This small change can help you turn to the other side and have a similar sleeping experience
  • Simply lay on the left side and put a pillow against your back. If you want to change the position during the night, your pillow won’t allow you to do that.
  • Use a low light lit on your right side. It is natural for the body to try to stay away from light when it is time for sleeping.

So, making a change in the sleep routine can mean a lot for your health, so try this position starting from tonight.

Sources: WebMD

About the author 

Gabriela

A mom of two with a background in journalism, I took health into my own hands and started researching to find answers to my own health struggles. My research turned into a blog that turned into an amazing community (starring you!).When I'm not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, you can find me somewhere outside in the sun or undertaking some DIY remodeling project that inevitably takes twice as long as it was supposed to.

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