On which side of your body do you usually sleep? Are you one of those people who have difficulties with deciding which position would be best for you to sleep?

Some people know the answer of these questions, but for many others the doubt seeps back each time they have trouble to fall asleep.

There are few decisions: are you going to feel more rested on your back or lying on your stomach is better?

Experts explain that the best side to sleep on is your left side.

In today’s article we are going to present you explanation of Dr. John Douillard about how sleeping on our left side may be the ideal way to give your body the rest it needs. There are several reasons why the left side is the best when it comes to sleeping.

Spine and breathing

According to Joint Essential, when you sleep on your back you actually put too much pressure on the upper back and hips and that leaves the lower back in a suspended state which is very dangerous in the long run. In addition to that, sleeping on the stomach strains both the lower back and the neck. As WebMD explains, sleeping on the side is the best at providing optimal air flow to your lungs.


Dr.Douillard on the LifeSpa wrote that if you sleep on your left side, the food will travel more swiftly, starting from the small intestine up to the large intestine, and finally in the descending colon. After eating, it is advisable to take 10-minute rests by lying on the left side, as on that way you help your meal to be better digested and to recover from the dreaded “food coma” quicker.

Lymph draining

As Dr. Douillard explains, most of our lymphatic system is present on the left side of our body. Therefore, when lymphatic congestion happens, in most cases it is on the left-hand side. Therefore, by sleeping on the left side you allow the gravity to take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen. In addition to this, it is fact that our heart and the spleen are located on the left side of the body.

The sleep professional Dr. Steven Park explains that if you are trying to forcefully alter the position you sleep that could make the things even worse as on that way you will disrupt your sleeping habits.