Sleep is very important for your body and your mind to work properly and be healthy. You should always get enough sleep so you can maintain good physical and mental health. However, the position you sleep in is also very important and it can affect your health.

Sleeping on your Right Side can be Lethal

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Sleep posture can most definitely affect the quality of your sleep and your health. Depending whether you sleep on the back, on the left, or on the right side, the position can cause headaches, heartburn, back pain, fatigue and many other health issues.

The experts often recommend that we should sleep on the back. Sleeping on the right side can be harmful.

Here are some reasons why you should immediately stop sleeping in that position:

Breathing Difficulties

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Sleeping on the right side is really dangerous for people who have asthma or sleep apnea since they can worsen their breathing.

Numbness

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Sleeping on the right side stops the blood flow through your body and that causes numbness. That is why when you wake up sometimes, you feel numb all over your body. The blood needs to circulate while you are sleeping and you can do that by sleeping on your left side.

Digestion Problems

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Your digestive system may not function properly. Your body will not dispose the toxins through waste and will not extract the nutrients from the food you are eating. That is why you should try to sleep on your left side.

Pregnancy Problems

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The position you sleep in will definitely affect the baby. Sleeping on your stomach is impossible when you are pregnant, and sleeping on the back prevents the baby from getting all the nutrients it needs. Therefore, the best alternative is to sleep on the side. But not just any side, the right one can also be dangerous.

Blood circulation is important when you sleep, and sleeping on the right side stops the blood running. The baby needs blood, and sleeping on the right side prevents it from getting it.

The placenta can also be damaged if you sleep on the right side, and the baby will not get enough nutrients to develop properly.

Also, when you sleep on the right side you are pressuring the liver, since it is positioned on the right side of the body. When you are pregnant you weight more, thus you are putting extra pressure on the liver, which can have very negative effects on your health. Liver congestion will back up easily into the right side of the body and cause many health problems.

The worst case scenario if you sleep on your right side is causing stillbirth, especially in the final semester of the pregnancy.

Problems with the Lymphatic System

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The left side is the dominant lymphatic side of the body. When you sleep on your right side your lymphatic system runs more slowly, and that causes the lymph fluid not to move properly through the body and your body is also incapable of filtering toxins, so they build-up in your organism.

Heartburn

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Many people including pregnant women have problems with heartburn and those get even worse if you sleep on your right side. The heart is positioned on the left side of the body, and when you sleep on the left side gravity will help the drainage of the lymph towards the heart. Also, sleeping on the right side will not pump enough blood into the biggest artery in the body, the aorta.

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