How Sleeping on Your Left Side Affects Your Health

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The importance of sleeping on your left hand side.

The way we sleep has many important impacts on every aspect of our lives.

Getting regular good night’s sleep leaves you in better health, and having a disrupted sleep over long periods of time can actually make you sick.

We all have different ways in which we prefer to sleep, ways we feel comfortable and that help us get to sleep, despite how annoying they might be for our partners.

But sleeping in an uncomfortable position could encourage the following health problems-

  • Sleep apnea
  • Back and neck pain
  • Premature wrinkles
  • Tummy troubles
  • Headaches and heartburn
  • Muscle cramping
  • Impaired circulation
  • Fatigue

Sleeping on your left hand side can help reduce the risk of these health problems and also help in the following ways.

Eliminate waste products

The ileocecal valve, which connects the small and the large intestine is located on the left side of the body. Sleeping on your left helps this valve to secrete waste products from the body better.

Stops heartburn

If you normally have dinner late and are left reaching for the bottle of antacid through the night, try sleeping on your left hand side and see how this can reduce your heartburn.

Helps the spleen

The spleen is located on the left side of the body, and is connected to your lymphatic system. The lymph system is crucial for allowing fluid and mucus that help protect the body flow to the needed areas.

Improves liver function

The liver is on the right side of the body, and can feel the pressure if it squeezed throughout the night.


Pregnant women can benefit from sleeping on the left hand side, it improves liver function and can help blood circulation.

Enhances your heart

The heart pumps blood in a circular motion starting in the left side towards the right. Sleeping on your left hand side can help you heart to complete this function properly.

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