Did you know that according to scientific research the best sleeping position isn’t sleeping on your back, but rather on your left side? The reasoning behind this is the inner asymmetry of our organs.
It is best to release pressure from the digestive tract during sleep, as it is one of the few organs that doesn’t enter a rest mode when you fall asleep. In fact, specific digestive processes are even more active at night than they are during the day.
By sleeping on your left side, you’re letting gravity do the digestive work for you, which makes it easier to normalize bowel movements, especially to people who already suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, lazy bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and other conditions.
Here are the health benefits of sleeping on your left side:
Though sleeping on your side is ideal for a lot of people, others might want to consider sleeping on their back as well.
Apart from being the best position for retaining smooth, wrinkle-free skin on your face, it can also be beneficial for people with joint and spine problems, as well as injuries and chronic pain.
Sleeping on your back may be beneficial to those of you who suffer from:
Here are some pro tips to consider to sleep on your back correctly:
Sleeping on your stomach is the worst choice you could make. It can trigger back pain and neck pain because your weight is not evenly distributed throughout your spine, which puts a strain on a specific region.
The only benefit of sleeping on your tummy is the clearing of the passageways, which may help some of you who have sleep apnea or snore.
Though we don’t advise sleeping on your stomach, here are some tips that can make this position safer for your health:
Finally, remember that it’s OK if you alternate your sleep positions during the night, as it can help prevent muscle stiffness, especially if you’re a side or stomach sleeper.
We hope you found these tips helpful. If you want to read even more about healthy sleep positions, we have a fascinating article about 5 Sleep Positions for Chronic Pain.
Have a good night!