Most people when they get into bed, they don’t give much thought about their sleep position.
They pick whatever they’re most comfortable with. Besides, most people toss and turn throughout the night, so however you may start, usually won’t be the same as when you wake up.
For me, I almost always sleep on my back. Sleeping on my stomach hurts my lower back and neck. Sleeping on my sides hurts my shoulders.
So, I have no choice. But if you’re concerned about improving your blood flow and circulation, especially to your heart, then the best position to sleep on is your LEFT side.
This is because when your heart pumps blood out to your body, it gets circulated and then flows back to your right side of your heart.
But if you sleep on your right side, the pressure of your body smashes up against the blood vessels and makes it more difficult to get the blood back to your heart.
Basically, it’s more work for your heart. If you’re older, or have a weak heart or plaque buildup your arteries, then this really puts a lot more pressure and stress and could result in a heart attack or stroke while sleeping.
This is also why pregnant women are told to sleep on their left side. The baby is taking up room and is pushing the mom’s organs upward, so there is less space.
The mother’s heart is already working harder during the pregnancy. So sleeping on the right side, where there is already less space and extra pressure from the organs being smashed together because of the baby, could hinder blood flow to the mom’s heart, as well as the baby’s.
And if you’re going to sleep on your side, you may consider using a body pillow for extra support and comfort