After a big meal, most of us would have a tendency to lie on our left side as it is more comfortable. Why is this?

Due to the shape of our stomach and its position in the body, it is thought that lying on your left side allows gravity to help move waste to your large intestine, therefore aiding digestion.

It is also thought that lying on this side can help reduce reflux as the stomach (and its acid) sits lower than the oesophagus in this position.

Lying on your front to sleep is the least favourable position as it compresses the organs of your digestive system.

Disclaimer – This article is for general information and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Always consult a registered health professional regarding any health-related diagnosis or treatment options.