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Some of the most common problems nowadays include making bad decisions in our life. These include eating junk food or not doing enough exercise, but also having a good rest. When you are asleep, your body performs important repairing functions, which means that a lack of sleep can lead to serious problems such as fatigue, loss of mental clarity and other health problems. But, did you know what happens in your body when you sleep on your left side?
The position in which we sleep has a big impact on our health. People tend to sleep in four basic positions: on the right side, on the left side, on the back or in a fetal position. Every position has advantages and disadvantages, although most people tend to base their position on personal comfort. Sleeping on the left side however is the position whose benefits are promoted by both holistic medicine and Western medical science.
RELEASES THE ACIDITY AND THE REFLUX
When you sleep on the left side, it provides relief in the reflux of the heartburn. This is especially true after a very copious or spicy meal.
DECREASES THE SNORING
If you are prone to sleep apnea and / or snoring in general, try to sleep on your left side.
HELPS WITH DIGESTION
Sleeping on your left side also works with gravity to help improve the digestion of food by encouraging progression into the intestinal tract.
IMPROVES THE HEART HEALTH
If you try to sleep on your left side, it will also provide additional drainage for the lymphatic system through gravity, avoiding some of the workload of your heart and improves the general health of the heart.
HELPS YOUR SPLEEN
Increased drainage thanks to gravity also helps your spleen, which is always something positive.
STIMULATES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The left side of our body is believed to be the dominant side of the lymphatic system, which is vital for the immune function. You’ll have better filtration and drainage of the waste if you sleep on the left side.
INCREASES THE CIRCULATION
Sleeping on the left side has been found to improve circulation, because of the less pressure on the vena cava or the largest vein in the body), which is on the right side of our body.
NOURISHES THE FETUS
The improved blood flow mentioned above is really big for the pregnant women, so it improves the blood flow to the fetus. One simple solution to break with your bad sleeping habits is to place a light on your right side. This will help you to instinctively want to get away from it when you sleep. You can also attach a tennis ball to the right side of the back and that will act as a natural obstruction.