Why you should give up the habit of sleeping on your right side

By Jurassic JennJun 17, 2024 21:39 PMHealth
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Why you should give up the habit of sleeping on your right side
Why you should give up the habit of sleeping on your right side. Source: www.verywellhealth.com

Do you think everyone can sleep the way they want? Perhaps it's time to reconsider your habits.

The online edition of SSPDaily spoke with a well-known sleep specialist and blogger on TikTok, Dr. Karan Raj. In particular, speaking about comfortable and undesirable sleeping positions, the expert explained why it is better not to sleep on the right side.

Dr. Raj noted that the stomach is not perfectly round. And sleeping on the right side, he noted, can lead to "leakage" of stomach acid.

"Your esophageal sphincter, the valve between the esophagus and stomach, is supposed to keep the contents of this organ from backing up. However, sleeping on the right side has the opposite effect."

In this case, the doctor said, you wake up in the morning with heartburn or even a sore throat.

"If you have a sluggish lower esophageal sphincter or a leaky valve, stomach contents can reflux."

Raj explained that "the stomach naturally curves to the left side."

"So if you sleep on your left side, the stomach and its contents lie just below the esophagus. This makes it harder for the contents to get into the esophagus and reduces the chances of "acid reflux".

"Conversely," the doctor said, "if you lie on your right side, the stomach and its contents are slightly higher than the lowest part of your sphincter. This means that acid has a better chance of getting into the esophagus."

Dr. Raj also noted that if you suffer from spontaneous heartburn attacks, you shouldn't sleep on the same pillow.

"Instead, try using two pillows to elevate your head. Make gravity work for you," he concluded.

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