Have you ever wondered to what extent the two sides of your body mirror each other?
A pain in the left foot, a bad left hip, a bad left shoulder, left-sided abdominal pain, a pain in the neck on the right side; why?
Why do rashes choose the left or right side of the body?
Why does the acuity of the eyes differ so greatly from one to the other?
Why do we get pains often on just one side of the body?
According to Ayurveda, the left side of the body is completely different than the right side, and, while it may sound strange, emphasizing the left side for rest and sleep, offers some time-tested wisdom for very real health and longevity benefits.
Sleeping on the left side has a host of health benefits. Here are a few of them:
- It is better for the lymphatic drainage.
The left side of the body is dominant lymphatic side. It all flows out into a duct, which is on the left side of the body.
- Eases the pressure on the heart.
It’s easier for the heart to pump blood downhill.
- Helps in better elimination and excretion.
Gravity allows the small intestine to send material into the large intestine more easily.
- Keeps the spleen healthy.
The spleen is located on the left side of the body.
- It also helps in circulation back to the heart.
The aorta, which is the biggest artery in the body, leaves the top of the heart and arches to the left before it heads down into the abdomen.
- Food digests better when we sleep on our left side.
That is because the left side is the natural side for the stomach and the pancreas. When they hang on to their natural side, that is when digestion can happen properly. The right side is unnatural for these organs, which means that digestion will not be proper.
- Sleeping on the left lets bile flow more freely.
So if you ever feel sleepy in the afternoon after a healthy meal, your best bet is to sleep on your left side to ensure that the food does not get converted into ‘ama’!’ We know everyone has one certain favorite way of sleeping, but try making this change! It’s a simple habit that can bring about a lot of wonderful internal benefits to your body!
How Can You Train Yourself To Sleep On Your Left Side?
There are several easy and effective techniques you can use to get in the habit of sleeping on your left side.
Some people recommend sewing a tennis ball onto the back of your old pajamas. Every time you start to roll onto your back during the night, the tennis ball stops you, forcing you to return to the side.
Another easy method is by sleeping with a body pillow against your back. The large obstruction will prevent you from rolling over during the night.