What is the right position for sleeping?
If you’re going to do something, make it count. Even if he sleeps. Considering that we spend more than a third of our lives sleeping, it is wise to wake up to the many benefits of sleep. Add to that the understanding of the right way to sleep, which has a positive impact on everything from the brain to the gut. Which of the two sides is it? The correct answer is on the left. Recommends Dr. Virend Somers, cardiologist and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences Sleep Center, who says there’s a wealth of evidence to suggest that sleeping on the left is probably best.
Deepak Mathur, a somnologist based at Seconds Gurugram. “This is called the ‘dreamer’ position. In addition to maintaining good posture and managing pain, it prevents the airways from becoming restricted. Sleeping on the left side is known to improve blood circulation. It also puts less pressure on the internal organs,” says Mathur, adding, “Our bodies may look symmetrical on the outside but inside our organs are placed asymmetrically. The stomach and pancreas are on the left. How we lie down to rest makes a huge difference in how food is processed. The elimination process can be accelerated by sleeping on the left.
According to Ayurveda, there are special benefits for pregnant women. For one, it reduces heartburn. It also prevents symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). “Sleeping on the left side improves blood circulation to the fetus, uterus, kidneys and heart. Since the liver is on the right side of the body, sleeping on this side is not the best thing to do as it can put pressure on the organ,” says Bhim Shankar, an Ayurvedic practitioner based in Pune. “Few people know that this left-sided sleep regulates the lymphatic system – a group of tissues, vessels and organs that work in unison to transport lymphatic fluid through the blood. It is a part of the immune system which protects the body against germs and viruses,” he says.
The function of the spleen is also said to improve by sleeping on the left. This lesser-known part of the lymphatic system that is responsible for filtering blood and storing blood cells, while getting rid of old ones, is located on the left side of the abdomen. “Gravity plays a big role here as it helps with drainage to the spleen, making it easier and smoother to function,” he says, adding, “Another thing that is little talked about is the cellular waste removal function. of the brain called interstitial waste products. This is an important aspect of brain homeostasis that ensures optimal functioning of cerebrovascular and parenchymal brain cells and simply sleeping on the left facilitates this process,” says Shankar.
To make sleeping on the left side (fetal position) more comfortable, curl up without straining your muscles. Keep them loose and relaxed. A pillow can be placed between your knees if you suffer from back or hip pain.
All sides of the story
Sleeping on your stomach This is the worst position for sleeping and can cause muscle pain, especially in the neck. The back also takes a hit because most of our weight is in the middle of your body and lying on your stomach makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spine position.
Sleeping on your back is not recommended for people with sleep apnea or those who snore. That said, sleeping on your back keeps the back aligned, reducing the risk of joint pain.
Sleeping on the right side increases the risk of acid reflux. It can also put pressure on the liver.