Things you didn’t know about left-handed people

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Being a lefty has its advantages and disadvantages

Hitting elbows while writing with a right-handed person sitting next to you; a hand that is covered with ink as you move it over the writing; and a pair of scissors that cannot be held normally. Left-handed people often encounter clumsiness in their daily lives. But lefties probably already know this. However there are other things that you may not know about left-handed people. We’ll list these for you.

12 percent

Only 12 percent of the population is left-handed, but that percentage is slowly increasing. Although in most countries being left-handed has been accepted for a long time, there are still countries that don’t accept someone being left-handed. Fortunately, it is increasingly accepted and therefore the percentage of people embracing their left-handedness is slowly increasing. In 1860 it was even thought that left-handed people had a covenant with the devil.


Are you left-handed and do you get allergies in the spring? That is not surprising. The book, Cerebral Dominance: The Biological Foundation, shows that people who are left-handed are 11 times more likely to be allergic to something. They also have 2.5 times the chance of developing an autoimmune disease.

More sensitive to migraines

The life of a left-handed person is not always a bed of roses. It also appears that people who are left-handed have migraines twice as often as right-handed people.

Restless sleeper

We all sometimes move in our sleep, but it is much more common with left-handed people. The phenomenon of periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is much more common among left-handed people. PLMD is a condition in which the limbs involuntarily move during sleep. A study from 2011 shows that 94 percent of left-handed people sometimes suffer from this, compared to 69 percent of right-handed people.

Are you wondering if there are also positive things about being left-handed? Hell yes! Read about them on the next page.

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