Your sleeping position is especially important to consider for your mental and physical well-being. This is because there’s more to the quality of sleep you’re getting than its duration. It also enhances your digestion, alleviates back pain and also reduces heartburn.
BY UWOGHIREN STELLA ABELLA.
Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of sleeping on your left side;
FACILITATE LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE; Sleeping on your left side bolsters the lymphatic system. Interestingly, the left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side. the majority of the body’s lymph fluid drains into the thoracic duck, located on the left side. along the way, lymph fluid carrying protein, glucose and other metabolites and waste product is purified by lymph nodes and then drained into the left side of the heart. Furthermore, new research has found that sleeping on the left side can allow the body to clear waste chemicals from the brain more efficiently. In contrast, sleeping on your right side decreases the lymphatic system’s efficiency.
BETTER HEART FUNCTION; Sleeping on your left side improves circulation to the heart. of course, one of the biggest player on the left side is the heart.The aorta which is the biggest artery in the body, leaves the top of the heart and arches to the left before it heads down into the abdomen. By sleeping on the left side, the heart is pumping its biggest play-load downhill into the descending aorta.
IT MAY ALLEVIATE BACK PAIN; Sleeping on the left side can relieve pressure on the spine, and is therefore ideal for people who suffer from chronic back pain, allowing them to feel more comfortable and get a good night’s sleep.
IT IS BENEFICIAL FOR PREGNANT WOMEN; Besides boosting blood circulation, sleeping on the left side can also help relieve pressure on the back, keeping the uterus from squeezing the liver. This sleeping position also increases blood flow to the uterus, kidneys and fetus.
IT ENCOURAGE PROPER DIGESTION; The stomach and the pancreas (which makes the digestive enzymes) hang like slings on the left side. when you lie on the left side the stomach and pancreas hang naturally, allowing optimal and efficient digestion. It may also better channel the gastric juices and easily promote the secretion of pancreatic enzymes. It therefore enables digestion to work little by little instead of all at once.
IT MAY REDUCE HEARTBURN; According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. On the contrary, lying on the right side may aggravate the symptoms. So, if you’re struggling with heart burn, lie down on your left side for 10 minutes to alleviate the symptoms.
COMPILE BY UWOGHIREN LILPEA