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.

2. Digestion

If you sleep on the left side, the stomach will process food waste faster. The food will travel more swiftly from your small intestine to your large and then into the descending colon. This can be very helpful even if you are not sleeping. It’s recommended to take 10-minute rests lying on your left side after eating.

3. Lymph drainage

The majority of the lymphatic system is responsible for absorbing and transporting fatty acids and fats like chyle from the digestive system. When lymphatic congestion occurs, it’s frequently on the left side. Therefore, when you sleep on your left side, you’re allowing gravity to do its job and take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen, which are both on the left-hand side of your body.


Now it’s up to you to decide on which side you will sleep.