On average, we sleep about eight hours every night, which means that we actually spend a third of our lives in bed. Sleep is incredibly important for our health, and if we are not enough, our bodies are out of balance. But according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, the amount of sleep that we receive is not the only factor affecting our health. The study showed that our sleeping position can also have a dramatic impact on our health.
Researchers have determined that it is healthier to sleep on the left side. The reasons are quite simple, but still believable. We collected five of them in this video …
1. Improves lymphatic drainage.
The study showed that sleeping on your left side does indeed have a positive effect on the functioning of the lymphatic system. This system transports important nutrients and cleanses the body, removing unnecessary materials that are filtered out by the lymph nodes. Since these waste products merge into the left side of the body before being displaced, sleep on the other side helps to improve this drainage.
2. Better for the heart
Sleeping on the left side makes it easier for your heart to pump blood through your body. This is because the main artery (aorta) is bent to the left. When we sleep on our right side, the blood must be pumped “uphill.” But when we sleep on the left side, the flow of blood improves.
3. Improves digestion
When we sleep on our right side, we allow the flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This is called “acid reflux”, and you can find out by the more common name: heartburn! But when we sleep on the left side, stomach acid can not flow into the esophagus, because it leaves the right side of the stomach. If you have digestive problems, you should definitely sleep on the left side.
4. Works with our natural anatomy
The stomach and pancreas are located on the left side of the body. When we sleep on our right side, the body must work against the force of attraction. This puts pressure on the stomach and pancreas, which prevents normal functioning.
5. Removes the spleen
The spleen is also located on the left side of the body. This body is responsible for the purification of our blood. Waste transported by the lymphatic system enters the spleen, where it can be removed from the body more quickly. Sleep on our left side allows this important body to function effectively.
If you are still not sure, try sleeping on the left side for a few nights and you may notice that you are feeling a little healthier. It does not hurt to try!
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