Sleep is a vital need of our lives. It is well said that “Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep”. Sleep is important for our physical as well as mental health. Sleep is involved in repairing our heart and blood vessels. Sleep deficiency leads to a risk of hypertension, kidney disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. However, your sleep could be better.
Your body is actually still pretty active during that time, filing away memories, digesting dinner, and recharging your batteries, plus, of course, taking in oxygen and circulating blood. As it turns out, the position you take during sleep makes a huge difference in how effective these processes are.
Sleeping on your left side is the gold standard in slumber positioning, and we’ve got compelling reasons why is that. Not convinced? Stick with us as we count the ways.
Did your parents ever tell you that it is bad to eat before bed, that the food will just sit there all night and make you fat? Of course! But digestion continues on whether you are awake or asleep. And there is a reason that a bedtime or midnight snack is a thing. Our bodies are still busy during sleep and need some fuel to get the most out of that time. We aren’t promoting bad etiquette but the researchers say so. Now, even though digestion will occur no matter what way you sleep, you can help your body do the work with as little effort as possible by sleeping on your left side.
The reason is, because our stomach sits to the left side of the abdomen, and when you lie on your left side, it allows food to pass into the large intestine more easily. It also keeps the stomach from lying on top of the pancreas, which supports the free flow of digestive enzymes…