Most of us get around 8 hours of sleep a night. This means that we are asleep for a third of our lives and the position in which we sleep can have a great impact on both our proper rest as well as our health.

Why you should never sleep on your right side

Sleep is very important for our well-being, so if you tend to sleep badly, not only will you feel tired, but the whole body can go into an imbalance, causing some health problems.

After a recent study by the  Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology , we have also come to learn that it is not how much we sleep that counts, but how we sleep.

The study specifically shows that our sleeping position can have a dramatic effect on our health. And sleeping on the right side is not the right position.

1. Bad for the heart


Sleeping on the left side makes it easier for the body to distribute blood to the body. This is because the arteries are on the left. When we sleep on our right side, the blood has to pump up first. However, if you sleep on the left side, the arteries get better circulation.

2. Slows digestion


When we sleep on our right side, it is easier for stomach acids to go up into the esophagus, which ends up causing heartburn. So if you have digestive problems it is important that you sleep on your left side so that stomach acids do not play tricks on you.

3. Does not help lymphatic drainage


Sleeping on our left side is also better for draining the lymphatic system, the study shows.

The lymphatic system carries important nutrients, as well as their contribution in cleaning the body through the disposal of things that it does not need.

4. It does not adapt correctly to our anatomy


Both the stomach and the pancreas are on the left side of the body. Therefore, the body has to work harder if we sleep towards our right side.

5. Releases pressure from the spleen


The spleen is also on the left side of the body. The spleen’s job is to clean our blood. Waste products are transported through the lymphatic system to the spleen, which can reject the products more quickly. Sleeping on the left side helps the spleen work more efficiently.

If you do not have any health problem that prevents you from resting on the left side, you are in time to modify the position in which you sleep to not only get a better rest but also to help the body work with more balance.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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