I have often heard that getting a good night’s sleep is important for my health. But I never thought that they way I was sleeping might be having a significant effect on my health, too.
Amazingly, just as there are sleep positions that can be causing me pain, there is also one sleep position that experts say has a great many health benefits.
According to health expert Dr. John Douillard, “Emphasizing the left side for rest and sleep offers some time-tested wisdom for very real health and longevity benefits.”
I had no idea that sleeping on my left side could have quite so many positive effects. And while I certainly may toss and turn during the night, I will be trying to fall asleep on my left starting tonight!
Scroll through below for an exclusive look into the health benefits of left-side-sleeping, and for a few simple tips for training your body to stay to the left.
And while this should never take the place of advice from your doctor, I can’t wait to work on improving my health while I snooze!
How Can I Train Myself To Sleep On My 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.
Keep scrolling below to see just how helpful sleeping on your left side can really be.