It might sound trivial, but do you know that sleeping position can greatly affect your health in totality? Interestingly, side sleeping is the most typical sleep position. Approximately 74% of the world population sleep on their side, according to research.
Side sleeping is not only common; it is also one of the healthiest sleeping positions. But should you sleep on your right side or your left side? You might think it doesn’t really matter, but medical professionals have found different benefits of sleeping on each side.
Who Should Sleep On Their Left Side?
Sleeping on the left side has proved beneficial for many different types of people. Let’s dive in:
1. Pregnant women.
Most doctors recommend that pregnant people sleep on their left side because the heart pumps blood more efficiently in this sleeping position and it alleviates pressure on the liver. In fact, there are many things to consider when you’re awaiting the arrival of your newborn.
2. People With Acid Reflux.
If you suffer from acid reflux, you may know that it’s generally not a good idea to lie down right after eating a meal. Due to the shape of the stomach and the angle of its connection to the esophagus, it’s also not advisable to rest flat on your back. For the best results, doctors recommend resting on your left side because this limits the amount of stomach acid exposed to the esophagus.
3. People Who Snore.
When you rest on your back, your nasal passageways have a tendency to close up, which can cause you to snore. Sleeping on your left side can help naturally open the airways and make breathing easier. You may also find relief if you rest on your right side, but doctors believe sleeping on your left side to be more effective. It’s also the recommended sleeping position for people with sleep apnea.
5. Those With High Blood Pressure.
Because more blood vessels are located on the right side of the body, doctors suggest sleeping on the left side as this will relieve pressure and help people with high blood pressure.
6. Folks With Digestive Issues
When you rest on your back, gas doesn’t leave your system quickly. If you often deal with bloating and constipation, try sleeping on your left side. In this position, gravity helps waste move from the small intestine to the large intestine.
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