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How sleeping on your side affects your health

Health - By Rachel Murugi
Sleeping on the side improves breathing and heartbeat rate (Shutterstock)

How do you sleep? This issue may seem inconsequential, but it actually matters and can determine your overall body performance.

When you sleep, it is advisable that you consider sleeping on your side as this can help reduce problems like reflux and heartburns. This technique can also help boost digestion and stimulate the drainage of toxins from the lymph nodes.

Some of the positive impacts of sleeping on your side include:

  • Improving your heart performance

Especially if you are pregnant, sleeping on your side helps improve circulation to the heart and it also takes off some pressure off the heart.

Sleeping on the side also improves breathing and heartbeat rate. When you sleep on your side, the lymph drainage toward the heart will again be helped by gravity and this takes some of the workload off the heart as you sleep.

  • Enhances performance of the lymphatic system

Sleeping on your left-side can help boost the filtering of lymph fluids and waste via the lymph nodes. This is because your left side is the dormant lymphatic-side. The left-sided sleep also helps generate the positive performance of the lymph nodes.

When pregnant, sleeping on the side can improves blood traffic to the fetus. The liver lies on the right side of the abdomen so sleeping on the left side, will keep the uterus off that organ. Sleeping on your left-side also helps improve blood circulation to the heart hence improving blood flow in the fetus, kidneys and uterus.

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Sleeping on the side can help boost digestion and stimulate the drainage of toxins from the body (Shutterstock)
  • Keeps the circulatory system in check

Sleeping on the side benefits the human body by helping in improving blood circulation. Sleeping on your left-side can also helps in decreasing varicose veins by reducing pressure on the largest vein in the body, Vena Cava, located on the right side of the body.

  • Relieves Back-Pain

People with chronic back pains can consider sleeping on their side because it helps reduce pressure on the spine.

For those days you feel tired and have back pains from work or house chores but don't know what to do, try sleeping on your left side and see if that annoying pain causing you a sleepless night will improve.

  • Improves Digestion

Study shows that sleeping on your left side allows gravity to encourage food to move more easily from the small intestines to the large intestines then to the colon. That's why you are likely to wake up feeling like visiting the washroom.

Left-sided sleeping also keeps the stomach and pancreases at their perfect position thus enabling the swift production of pancreatic enzymes and other digestive processes in check.

Side-sleeping basically may also influence your personality, outlook, and behavior. If you have an issue by snoring, try sleeping on their left-side and see how it will work magic by keeping you as silent through the night.


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