When people curl up in their beds and go to sleep every night, there are several different positions they will usually while sleeping . Some may sleep on their backs, others on their sides and some will even sleep on their stomach. Each has their own pros and cons, and some people may even prefer different sleep positions from time to time.
The position you sleep in can have an impact on a lot of things, from your pain to your snoring or sleep apnea. But in addition to that, the position you sleep in can also have an impact on your digestion. Dealing with digestion-related issues is never fun and you always want to be looking for ways to improve the situation.
If you experience digestive issues, the way you sleep can help (or potentially hurt) your issue. Without any further ado, let’s take a closer look at the sleeping positions to consider adopting if you want to improve your digestion.
Sleep on Your Left Side
Of all the sleeping positions, none are better for your digestion than side sleeping. Particularly, on your left side. The reason for this is because of how our organs are placed. If you sleep on your left, you allow gravity to help you assist in digestion. It helps waste pass through your body more effectively and with less trouble.
This easier digestion can help you feel less gassy and less bloated, which can both be incredibly uncomfortable to experience. While side sleeping is great for digestion and can be comfortable, it isn’t always the best for supporting your shoulders and hips. After too long on one side, they can get a little sore.
A great way to remedy this is to put a pillow between your knees when you sleep on your side. This extra support stops your hips, shoulders and back from being pulled forward or out of line. It keeps the proper alignment, and can also be quite comfortable for your knees as well. You may need to adjust both the size and the position of the pillow a little bit, to ensure it is correct.
Sleeping on your left side may have other benefits as well. It may help your heart, reduce heartburn and potentially benefit your lymphatic system, too.
Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping on your back has many potential health benefits. Chief among them is that your spine stays in a neutral, aligned, and comfortable position. Because of this, your muscles can also relax more than in many other sleeping positions.
While it isn’t particularly beneficial to your digestive system, it also won’t hurt it. Your digestive system remains aligned and in a neutral position, and any digestive-related issues should not be made any worse.
This is a great position for those who struggle with pain, but also have digestive issues. While side sleeping on your left is the best for digestion, it won’t feel that great for your back, hip or shoulder pain. Back sleeping is a nice medium that should help to keep both of your situations at bay.
If you are going to sleep on your back, you want to ensure your entire back is supported. But if your mattress doesn’t support the entirety of your back, pain can arise. This is often in the form of your lower back curving up and reducing the amount of lumbar support you experience.
A great way to solve this common issue is to sleep with a pillow under your knees. This will ever so slightly raise your legs, which will put a lot less strain on your lower back. The pillow shouldn’t be flat, but if it’s too large and high, it can actually hurt your back, so be careful.
While making the switch to sleeping on your back can be slightly uncomfortable at first, that is generally simply because it is a new position.
By sleeping in the aforementioned positions, you will be able to improve your digestion, while also ensuring you are comfortable and supported all night long. Of course, everyone’s body is different, so try out different positions for yourself and see what works best for you.