Sleep is something we all need to function properly, but have you ever thought about the position you sleep in? The way you sleep could have a significant impact on how well-rested and alert you feel throughout the day.
One of the most common ways people like to sleep is on their side. However, did you know that which side you choose to lie on can make a big difference in how well you sleep? Today, we are going to explore the benefits and drawbacks of both sleeping positions: left vs. right.
Pros & Cons Of Sleeping On Your Left Side
Sleeping on your left side helps aid digestion by allowing gravity to move waste through your large intestine more efficiently. This position also prevents stomach acids from backing up into your esophagus, reducing heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.
If snoring is an issue for either yourself or your partner, sleeping on your left side may help alleviate this problem. When lying flat on their back or stomach, individuals have a higher chance of snoring due to blockage in their airway passages; whereas lying on their left side can optimize airflow and reduce snoring intensity or frequency.
Adverse Effects For Expecting Mothers
Pregnant women often report getting advice from doctors at every turn regarding dos-and-don’ts without being offered any real reasoning behind these rules! One such rule doctors commonly suggest when it comes down to laying down for rest during pregnancy – lay down towards her left-hand side instead of the right!
The underlying reasoning here touches upon reduced pressure applied onto organs such as liver lowering inflammation levels leading up until birth!
Unfortunately- whilst oonzees arrive after around 9 months; mothers cant be pregnant forever so one could argue following this posture beyond gestation time might not represent the most comfortable of sleep choices!
Pros & Cons Of Sleeping On Your Right Side
Reduced Acid Reflux Incidences
Whilst as mentioned above sleeping on one’s left will increase intra-abdominal pressure and therefore reduce backed-up stomach acid it has been proven that during experimental trials sleepers reported fewer incidents of heartburn when tending to lean towards or rest against their right-hand side.
Easier Breathing During Sleep For Chronic Snorers
In times where snoring is an issue, you might want to try flipping onto your right side. Cuddled up like a lil sleeping babushka in this position could result in wider nostrils and sinuses so better air movement leading fewer laboured snores for those who suffer from chronic respiratory issues.
Left-Side Sleepers Are Just Better. . . ?
So there isn’t much data but avoiding the potential anecdote-induction that surrounds thi idealisation some studies have shown evidence indicating someone’s preferred sleeping posture linking with personality traits. . . .
Of course I’m not saying that if you’re known to prefer plonking down on your pillow whilst leaning walls-side you’re destined to grow into the world’s best entrepreneur /dream interpreter/ artisan cake decorator but, oh wait what was I just talking about?
Regardless, ‘What does your preferred sleeping pose reveal about you?’ article writers may argue people who opt for their left side may be perceived by others as more gregarious due proximity alone . . . I’ll materialise my own opinion- rather than humiliate myself by pretending it matters! All we know is: being too cool probably messes with our bedtime routine anyway.
Choosing The Best Sleeping Position For You – A Few Questions To Ask Yourself
Oftentimes we are asked how can doctors make any recommendations since truly objective results elude sleep scientists still- till this day?
Here are some factors that might help steer you on your way:
1) What issues do you encounter sleeping right now? Are breathing difficulties a problem, or does acid reflux trouble you?
2) Have you noticed an affinity towards a particular side already whilst cooped up under the duvet?
3) Have you had improvements when attempting modifications prior to settling into Starfish ?
Whilst none of us can predict with real certainty which pose will ensure ultimate ZZZ glory. . . experimenting here hopefully will provide enough clues to make adjustments for better-rested minds tomorrow!
Final Verdict – Left Vs. Right Who Wins?
The reality is there isn’t a straight answer with regards to whether one side is better than the other for everyone!
If breathing better or reducing acid concerns includes your current regular nightly worry flow; then opt towards the prone right-hand-side! If however, digestion woes keep bothering stomach acids at bay late at night why not recline towards the left wall instead?
Ultimately deciding what position works best for both comfort & relaxation requires various factors taken into account, from body considerations affecting constriction within certain positions onto ideation around personal preferences irrespective of bodily conditions!
As usual focusing too much on it could damage any hope we harbour about finally getting those 8 hourly rotations but being aware of internal cues regarding most-effective posture shouldn’t be overlooked.
So get comfy! Your bedtime oasis awaits.