Are you often tossing and turning while trying to fall asleep? Do you feel more comfortable with one foot out from under the blanket? Personally, sometimes I sleep on my stomach and sometimes I have one leg completely bent up while the other is sprawled across my bed. But is that a healthy way to sleep?
As it turns out, some experts say sleep on your side. And not just any side, they recommend a specific one. Dr. John Douillard, bases his theory on the ancient Indian alternative form of medicine, Ayurveda. He explains how sleeping on your left side may be the best way to give your body the rest it needs.
According to this method, three things could be profoundly affected just by sleeping on your left side.
The left side the body is the clear winner when it comes to finding a healthy and comfortable sleep. But if this wasn’t your favorite side until now be careful! If you force your body to a drastic change when it comes to sleeping habits it could actually make things worse for your body. Therefore you should try to get used to it slowly. Below there are three things that will most definitely be aided by getting a full night’s sleep on your left side.
1. Spine and breathing
While sleeping on your back, the pressure on the upper back and your hips is too much and often leaves your lower back in a suspended state. On the other hand, sleeping on your stomach strains both your lower back and your neck. Apparently sleeping on your side is the best at providing optimal air flow to your lungs and it’s the least harmful position for the spine.