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Best Side To Sleep On For Digestion

 
By Ameera Mills. Updated: December 17, 2018
Best Side To Sleep On For Digestion

Are you suffering from digestion and are, as a result, struggling to sleep? Sleeping with a stomach ache can naturally cause severe discomfort, pain and irritation. Whether you need to relieve gas or ate too soon before bed, the way in which you lay down will make a difference. Are you wondering ‘how long before bed should I stop eating?’ If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Here at oneHOWTO we will be discovering the best sleeping position for digestion. In addition, we will be discussing the importance of lying on your left side and which are the healthy sleeping positions. Keep reading for more!

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Sleeping on the left side: benefits

Sleeping on your left side is the best thing you can do for digestion. But why? Well, if we think about the way in which our body digests food, in addition to considering where our organs are, we can make sense of this. Simply put, when we eat our small intestine releases waste through the ICV (ileocecal valve), on the right side of the body. This waste is then carried through the the large intestine and travels up the ride side of the stomach towards the left side of our digestive system. There our body waste is left to move through the descending colon.

By sleeping on your left side gravity then allows this waste to move more naturally and comfortably through the digestive system. Sleeping on your left side will allow your digestive system to work throughout the night so that in the morning, your system is ready to release what it has to (letting nature take it’s toll).

Additional benefits of sleeping on your left side include:

  • Improved heart function.
  • Aided spleen functioning and drainage.
  • Boost digestion.
  • Boosts lymphatic system.
  • Helps the body breakdown waste from the brain by aiding lymphatic drainage.
  • Aids your body in filtering toxins, waste and lymph fluid.
  • Lower acid reflux.
  • Ease back pain.
Best Side To Sleep On For Digestion - Sleeping on the left side: benefits

Sleeping on your left side with a pillow between knees

In addition to the already mentioned benefits of sleeping on your left side, many promote sleeping on your left side with a pillow between your knees. According to an article from the University of Rochester Medical Centre Encyclopaedia, sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees "will prevent your upper leg from pulling your spine out of alignment and reduce stress on your hips and lower back"[1]. Therefore, we must add that not only is sleeping on your back great for digestion, but it aids in preventing back pain.

For more, we recommend taking a look at our article on how to sleep with lower back pain or lumbago.

Sleeping on your left side while pregnant

The most recommended sleeping position for pregnant women is on your left side. This is because sleeping on your left side while pregnant prevents the inferior vena cava from being obstructed. Therefore, it allows blood and oxygen to flow with more ease to the baby. When sleeping in this position, we suggest placing a pillow between both legs and bending them.

Best Side To Sleep On For Digestion - Sleeping on your left side while pregnant

When to stop eating before bed

Many people struggle with indigestion because of eating dinner before bed. You should not eat right before bed, the reason for this is that by laying down just after eating, your body cannot digest food correctly. This is why eating before bed digestion is so common. Therefore, if you suffer from indigestion while sleeping, you might be wondering, "How long before bed should you stop eating?". We recommend eating dinner at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. These 3 hours gives your body enough time to digest food correctly. This is because your body needs at least 2-3 hours for food to reach the small intestine. In addition, eating 2-3 hours before bed prevents heartburn, weight gain, indigestion and more severe sleeping conditions including insomnia.

For more, we recommend taking a look at our article on 8 foods to avoid before bed.

Healthy sleeping positions

Are you wondering which are the best sleeping positions? Well, many specialists say that the best sleeping position is on your back. This is because it puts less pressure on your organs. However, sleeping on your back can worsen snoring and lead to sleep apnoea. Do you suffer from sleep apnoea? Take a look at our article where we discuss the causes of sleep apnoea[2].

Others claim that sleeping on your side on in a curdled up position aids air circulation through the body. Therefore, if you suffer from breathing problems when sleeping, we recommend sleeping on your side.

Remember that even though sleeping on your stomach may be the most comfortable sleeping position, this is the least recommended sleeping position. Not only does it put pressure on your organs, but it also forces your neck to rotate and can put pressure on the pelvis and knees.

How to relax and sleep well

If you struggle to sleep, don't hesitate to watch our video below where we discuss the connection between sleep and relaxation in yoga!

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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