I have often heard that getting a good night's sleep is important for my health. But I never thought that they way I was sleeping might be having a significant effect on my health, too.

    Amazingly, just as there are sleep positions that can be causing me pain , there is also one sleep position that experts say has a great many health benefits.

    According to health expert Dr. John Douillard , "Emphasizing the left side for rest and sleep offers some time-tested wisdom for very real health and longevity benefits."

    I had no idea that sleeping on my left side could have quite so many positive effects. And while I certainly may toss and turn during the night, I will be trying to fall asleep on my left starting tonight!

    Scroll through below for an exclusive look into the health benefits of left-side-sleeping, and for a few simple tips for training your body to stay to the left.

    And while this should never take the place of advice from your doctor, I can't wait to work on improving my health while I snooze!

    Will you be trying out left-side sleeping tonight? Let us know in the comments.

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    How Can I Train Myself To Sleep On My Left Side?

    There are several easy and effective techniques you can use to get in the habit of sleeping on your left side.

    Some people recommend sewing a tennis ball onto the back of your old pajamas. Every time you start to roll onto your back during the night, the tennis ball stops you, forcing you to return to the side.

    Another easy method is by sleeping with a body pillow against your back. The large obstruction will prevent you from rolling over during the night.

    Keep scrolling below to see just how helpful sleeping on your left side can really be.

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    1. Relieves Heartburn

    For those who suffer from heartburn after a particularly rich or spicy meal, becoming a "left-side-sleeper" may be just what the doctor ordered.

    According to WebMD , "Research suggests sleeping on the left side can relieve heartburn symptoms, while right-side sleeping makes them worse."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    2. Stops Snoring

    We all know what it is like to stay up all night listening to someone snoring loudly. But the cure might just be simpler than previously thought.

    According to  Medical Daily , "Sleeping on your side is beneficial for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea, prone to general snoring."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    3. Improves Digestion

    While it might surprise you, your ability to stay regular can actually be directly affected by your sleep position.

    According to  Dr. John Douillard , "Sleeping on the left side allows gravity to encourage the food waste to move more easily from the small intestine into the large intestine."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    4. Promotes Heart Health

    The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. Sleeping on the left side can do wonders in promoting your overall heart health.

    According to  Dr. John Douillard , "It makes sense that if you sleep on your left side, the lymph drainage toward the heart will again be helped by gravity, taking some of the workload off the heart as you sleep."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    5. Improves Spleen Health

    The spleen is another organ that will reap the benefits if you switch over to sleeping on your left.

    According to  Dr. John Douillard , "When you lay on the left side, drainage back to the spleen is once again helped and made easier by gravity."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    6. Helps Lymphatic System

    While many people don't put too much thought into their lymph nodes  in the neck or armpit areas  they are actually part of a very important system.

    According to Healthy Life Tricks , "The left side of the body is the dominant lymphatic side, and while you're sleeping on this side, your body will have more time to filter toxins, lymph fluid, and waste."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    7. Helps Circulatory System

    Better circulation and a decrease in varicose veins are two very important benefits of left-side sleeping.

    According to the Vein Clinic , "If you have varicose veins, it's a good idea to sleep on your left side  this improves circulation by reducing pressure on your vena cava (the body's largest vein), located on the right side of the body."

    Maya Borenstein for LittleThings

    8. When Pregnant, Improves Blood Flow To The Fetus

    Perhaps you've heard about sleeping on your left when you are pregnant, but you may not have known why.

    According to WebMD , "Sleeping on the left side is also recommended during pregnancy to improve circulation to the heart  good for Mom and baby."

    The health benefits associated with sleeping on the left side are absolutely incredible!

    Will you be switching up how you sleep? Let us know in the comments.

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    Why should sleep on your left side?
    Sleeping on the left side is recommended for pregnant people. Sleeping on this side improves blood flow between the heart, fetus, uterus, and kidneys, while keeping pressure off the liver. If you get uncomfortable, physicians recommend switching to the right side for a short while rather than sleeping on your back. more
    Is it unhealthy to sleep on your left side?
    Researchers found that the right side was associated with increased heartburn and acid reflux, so sleeping on your left might be more beneficial. Sleeping on your left side may also be useful for encouraging regular bowel movements. more
    Is it OK to sleep on the left side?
    Researchers found that the right side was associated with increased heartburn and acid reflux, so sleeping on your left might be more beneficial. Sleeping on your left side may also be useful for encouraging regular bowel movements. more
    Why shouldn't you sleep on your left side?
    There's some evidence that sleeping on your left side may shift your heart and disrupt your heart's electrical current. Also, many people with heart failure report having trouble breathing in this position. Sleeping on your back can worsen sleep apnea and snoring. more
    Is it better to sleep on left side or right side?
    A 2010 study of 10 participants found a relationship between laying on the right side and increased cases of heartburn (also known as GERD) than when laying on the left side. Researchers theorize that if we lie on the left side, the stomach and its gastric juices remain lower than the esophagus while we sleep. more
    Which side we should not sleep right or left?
    According to Medical Daily, “Sleeping on the right side can worsen heartburn. However, sleeping on the left side can put a strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach, but also while reducing acid reflux.” more
    Should you not sleep on your left side?
    There's some evidence that sleeping on your left side may shift your heart and disrupt your heart's electrical current. Also, many people with heart failure report having trouble breathing in this position. Sleeping on your back can worsen sleep apnea and snoring. more
    Which side we should sleep Left or right?
    Sleeping on your left side is thought to have the most benefits to your overall health. Still, either side can offer benefits in terms of sleep apnea and chronic lower back pain relief. You don't have to stick with one side the entire night. Feel free to start on your left side and see how your body feels. more
    How do you sleep on your left side?
    Pro tips for sleeping on your side
    1. Find a pillow that fits your collarbone structure.
    2. Place a firm pillow between your knees to stack your hips and support your lower back.
    3. Make sure the pillow is firm enough to avoid collapse.
    4. Hug a pillow as well so that you have a comfortable place to rest your top arm.
    more
    Why do I sleep better on my left side?
    Researchers theorize that if we lie on the left side, the stomach and its gastric juices remain lower than the esophagus while we sleep. Boosts brain health. Our minds may benefit from side sleeping because we have gunk there, too. more
    Why can't I sleep on my left side?
    Sleep positions to avoid if you have a heart condition There's some evidence that sleeping on your left side may shift your heart and disrupt your heart's electrical current. Also, many people with heart failure report having trouble breathing in this position. Sleeping on your back can worsen sleep apnea and snoring. more

    Source: littlethings.com

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