She Sleeps On Her Left Side, But How It Affects Her Heart Is Something I Never Considered
Shaylynn Totolo 5/9/2016
The amount of sleep isn't the only important factor in getting optimal night's rest. The position in which you sleep plays a huge role in your health and wellness. Let's take a closer look...
Sleeping positions vary for each individual, as well as their health issues during that specific time in their lives. For instance, a woman who is pregnant is told not to sleep on their back, where as a person with heartburn, is suggested to sleep on their side.
How Well Are You Sleeping?
Diving deeper into each sleep position and its affects on your health can uncover a slew of answers to some of the health risks and benefits associated with each.
By far, the most common way to sleep for most of us. Sleeping on the LEFT side, however, is linked to a huge array of benefits including a reduction in heartburn, is optimal for pregnant women, and creates better circulation for the heart.
Catching some z's while cuddling up in the fetal position can create boost the lymphatic system and improve digestion. Sleeping on the left side is also said to take pressure off the liver, and allow the body to eliminate toxins more efficiently. Not only that, it can greatly relieve back pain. Who knew?
Back sleeping can be ideal for people who live with chronic pack and neck pain. Just think about it, the body is in its natural position, with a straight spine and pelvis. Bonus, back sleeping greatly decreases wrinkles since you aren't squishing your face into a pillow all night!
Warning: Back sleeping can lead to poor snoring and sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, one of the worst positions for your body to endure, especially if you are getting the full nine hours recommended. Bummer. The tummy sleeper flattens the natural curve of your back and neck, causing all kinds of aches and pains. Sleeping on your stomach does alleviate snoring and sometimes sleep apnea.
How To Change The Habit
The good news is that your body can change. Although not easy, new habits can be formed, and you can become a left side sleeper in no time.
Here are a couple quick tips to get your body realigned and in the optimal snoozing position in no time.
- Try propping a pillow behind your back after laying on your left side.
- Keep a light on, on your right side. Your body will naturally turn away from the light.
- Switch which side of the bed you sleep on. Easier said than done, but this will allow you a similar sleep experience, while staying on the left side.
Don't Give Up
Remember, persistence and repartition are the keys to changing any habit, so don't give up! But keep in mind, depending on YOUR health and overall wellness, side sleeping may not be the best answer for you. Circulatory problems, apneas, heart issues, all associate with certain positions of the body while at rest. Be smart and ask your doctor before making any big moves.
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