Sleep is a necessary thing. Everybody knows that. Not only do you need it for basic survival, but your sleeping patterns also say a whole lot about your mental health.
The mattress industry certainly knows this. There are as many types of mattresses on the market as there are sheep in a sleep-deprived, desperate mind.
But let’s say you are looking to improve your sleep drastically without spending a ton on a new mattress.
Better sleep is possible with simple alterations to your sleeping position.
While, sleeping on the right side can aggravate digestive problems and end up making them a lot worse. These negative effects and issues lead to lower quality sleep.
Sleeping on the left side is the best sleep position among others when it comes to health benefits. It can help us digest better and easier.
It improves the overall digestive system by allowing the body to extract nutrients and dispose of toxins faster and more efficiently, but it also affects our circulation and cardiovascular health because the heart is allowed to more effectively pump and the blood circulates more efficiently back to the heart.
Side sleeping can be beneficial over back sleeping to prevent snoring. For those who have sleep apnea, side sleeping is a preventative tool. With sleep apnea, the breathing becomes blocked by the relaxed tongue and the patient stops breathing periodically through the night.
Side sleeping fixes this, although either side is better than back sleeping for those with sleep apnea.
Although you may start your sleep on your left side, very few people wake up exactly in the same pose they went to sleep in.
If during sleep you occasionally wake yourself enough to realize what position you are in, try resuming sleep on your left side to continue to have the health benefits that left side sleeping gives you.