This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side

Getting enough sleep is the bedrock of good health. Many unwanted outcomes can occur due to lack of sleep, including accidents of all kinds, loss of cognitive function, and a greater risk for problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

And to add another layer of complication, it’s not just that you sleep at all, but that you get quality sleep. People who toss and turn all night may wake up feeling just as tired as when they went to bed. Quality sleep consists of multiple cycles throughout the night, some deeper and some lighter. There are actually five stages of sleep, numbered 1-4 and ending in the fifth, REM (rapid eye movement) stage.

Each stage plays its part in quality sleep, and honestly, whatever position works to keep you comfortable is okay. But there is evidence to indicate that sleeping on your left side might be the most ideal. Following are six benefits of sacking out on the left.