More than 40% of people are suffering from insomnia around the world, which in turn leads to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, chronic diseases, weight gain, depression, and fatigue. In addition, even people who generally sleep 8 hours a day, can have sleep problems at some time in their life.
We tend to think that the cause of insomnia and the fact that it causes people to not rest properly resides with stress and our fast-paced life. However, we do not usually take into account how much that influences the posture that we adopt when going to bed and the quality of our rest.
Sleep experts claim that an unhealthy position for sleep can cause stomach problems, premature wrinkling, and neck and back pain. In contrast, sleep in a proper posture positively affects our health and mood in general, so that can also help us to improve the quality of our rest.
In the first place, it is very important to emphasize sleeping on the left side and not on the right, as it has been proven to have many more benefits, including longevity.
These are the benefits of sleeping on your left side and not on the right:
1 – Relieves heartburn
If you’ve had dinner with friends and you have eaten too much, you probably experience a bit of heartburn. Sleeping on the left side can relieve the discomfort throughout the night.
2 – Reduces snoring
Apparently, snoring is also bad for the health and function of the heart, but you can reduce them by sleeping on the left side. It is beneficial for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and prone to snoring in general.
3 – Supports the lymphatic system
The role of the lymphatic system (lymph nodes) is extremely important to our overall health. Sleep on the left side stimulates the filtering of toxins, lymphatic fluid, and waste so that it will prevent future problems.
4 – Improves the health of the heart
Sleeping on the left side improves the health of the heart. According to Dr. John Douillard, “If you sleep on the left side, the lymph drainage toward the heart is driven by gravity, so the heart does not have to work so much during the night.”