Sleeping on the right side

The Prophet Mohammed SAWS (pbuh) used to sleep on his right side , as opposed to the right side. There are several reasons why this may have been told to you, depending on your actual health condition. In some situations, sleeping on just the left side can be bad for your heart or it can make sleep better by giving your body a better ability to function.

Sleeping on your left side may be bad for your heart. This is especially true for those who are suffering from chronic heart failure or have had a heart attack. Sleeping on your left side will decrease the sympathetic nervous activity in your body. This activity normally controls blood pressure and the heart rate.

When lying on your right side, you may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, which is good for individuals suffering from heart conditions. Lying on the left side decreases your heart’s ability to function properly.

Doctors recommend that patients with a heart condition, especially chronic heart failure try sleeping on their right side if it is comfortable for the patient.

Pregnancy Benefits.

Avoid the left: Whenever possible, avoid sleeping on the left side of your body. You place a lot of strain on the heart, as well as your lungs, stomach and liver. Some of these organs can press into the heart’s region, making it even more difficult to work properly.

The Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to sleep on his right side, putting his right hand on his right cheek, and this is what the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recommended others to do. According to a saheeh hadeeth narrated from al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib, the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you go to bed, do wudoo’ as if for prayer, then lie down on your right side…” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Wudoo’, 239).

So if you sleep on your right side you gain banafit from Allah because it is Sunnah and it is also good for your health.

The Sunnah is to put one’s right hand under one’s cheek. It was narrated that Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, “When the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went to bed at night, he would put his hand under his cheek, then say, ‘Allaahumma bismika amootu wa ahyaa (O Allaah, in Your name I die and I live).’ Then when he woke up he would say, ‘Al-hamdu Lillaah alladhi ahyaanaa ba’da ma amaatanaa wa ilayhi al-nushoor (Praise be to Allaah who has brought us back to life after causing us to die, and to Him is the resurrection).’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6314)



  • Quran

    Great post.Sleeping on right side is benefit  for your health, and you never suffer from heart problems, so avoid to sleep on left side, because you can get many heart diseases.Sleeping at right side can gain benefit from Allah according to Quran and Sunnah, and its good for health.

  • Folt

    Medical journals recommend sleeping on your left side when pregnant. Someone should check the sources for this article.

  • Ahmad Habashneh

    it would be better if this article is associated with links…….
    1.) the prophet said if ur stomach is empty sleep on ur right, if ur stomach is full sleep on ur left.2.) putting the right hand under the right cheek was proved scientifically to release a constant vibration that help the body to quickly relax and sleep.3.) the prophet hated people who sleep on there stomachs and said never do that, sleeping on stomach was found by a study in Britain to be the most cause of sudden infant deaths, and so they issued warning to all people to not sleep on stomach and especially for children and new for the sleep position of pregnant, researches are still looking into which position is better for pregnant woman, but since pregnancy is close somehow to the case of full stomach, it would make more sense for the pregnant woman to sleep on there left.

  • amuslim

    I have heard many times that the left side has many benefits. ( Such as preventing congestion, blood flow) Though it is better to follow the sunnah, I am curious as to whether the Prophet (pbuh) did this for his own particular health benefit.

  • Online Quran Academy

    Sleeping at right side can gain benefit from Allah according to Quran and Sunnah, and its good for health.

  • Priyesh Dass