Duration of sleep is crucial for mental and physical well-being, but it turns out that sleep position may be another important factor in the quest for optimum health. Specifically, a small body of research suggests that, for many people, sleeping on the left side may be better for health. It’s good for digestion, backs, and even the heart due to the positions of different organs. Why is sleeping on the left side better than the right?
According to the medical website Healthline, the small intestine transfers waste to the large intestine through the ileocecal valve, located in the lower right abdomen. A dysfunction of this valve can cause intestinal disorders.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. Conversely, lying on the right side may aggravate these symptoms. The effects are fairly immediate. Lying down for ten minutes on the left side of the body can help with heartburn after a meal.
Boosts brain health
The mind benefits from side sleeping, according to Healthline. When compared to back or stomach sleeping, sleeping on the left or right side helps the body clear what’s called interstitial waste from the brain. This brain cleanse may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases.
Lying on the left side while expecting improves circulation to the growth of the baby and prevents the uterus from pressing against the liver, according to WebMD.
Reduces snoring or sleep apnea
Sleeping on the side keeps the tongue from falling into the throat and partially blocking the airway. If side sleeping doesn’t alleviate snoring or if there is a chance for untreated sleep apnea, talk to a doctor to find a solution.