After a long and weary day at work, running on all sides, standing on your feet for at least 5-6 hours, nothing pleased more than the thought that home awaits bed in which we can rest. For most people sleeping rooms are their sanctuaries, their temples, where we can relax, rest and to prime time complete peace. It is, simply, place it where we spend most of our time. On average a person sleeps at least 8 hours a day. Guided by this fact comes down to a third of our lives sleeping we are passing.
Generally, we know that nothing can replace nighttime sleep and nocturnal peace. It is vital to maintaining our health and well-being, both mentally and physically, and I do not know if you know but the position in which we find ourselves when we sleep, it may be too significant and affect our health.
There are many different ways that people like and prefer to sleep in. The most common seem to be on either the left or the right side, on your back and curled up in the fetal position. Each and every position affects your health in different ways that can be either good or bad. For example, sleeping on the back can be dangerous for people who have asthma and/or sleep apnea because it increases the risks associated with breathing difficulties. Alternatively, sleeping on one’s right side can aggravate digestive problems and end up making them a lot worse. These negative effects and issues lead to not only lower quality sleep but also fewer amounts of it.
The one side to sleep on, that is far and away better than all of the other sleep positions in terms of the benefits it has on our bodily health, is the left side. Sleeping on the left side can do many things, including helping us digest better and easier. It improves the overall digestive system by allowing the body to extract nutrients and dispose of toxins faster and more efficiently. In addition, it also affects our circulation and cardiovascular health because the heart is better able to pump downhill and the blood circulates more efficiently back to the heart.
Furthermore, the left side position also allows for bile and wastes to travel more freely through the body and helps improve spleen function. This results in better lymphatic drainage and more toxins leaving the body, with less overall stress and negative impacts to our health. Dr. John Douillard explains these benefits in greater detail and covers much more in the accompanying video. It’s incredible how much of a difference the position that you sleep in can have on your body.
If you are not sleeping on your left side already, you should try to make the switch as soon as possible. We each have a habitual, preferred way to slumber and it can be hard to break that habit, but it is possible to change with a few minor adjustments. You can train your body to sleep on the left side by switching on a light that’s located on the right side of where you sleep. Your body will naturally want to face away from the light source and thus you’ll turn on to the left side. There are lots of other ways that people have used to effectively change sleep positions, you just have to find out which one will likely work for you. If sleeping on the left side improves health and promotes better sleep, why wouldn’t you want to do it!