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Orient the bed to the North, of course.

My father was nothing short of a brilliant man. He was an engineer. He spoke 7 or 8 languages, 4 of them fluently. He was well travelled, well read, and well spoken.

He was also vehemently skeptical of the occult, astrology, and all things flaky. 

Every once in a while he would spew the odd wisdom, that I simply assumed was the truth, and usually it was.

Not long ago I found myself explaining to my wife Sarah that the bed should be oriented such that your head points North. I have always done so. When asked why, I didn't have an answer. It's just what Papa said.

Today something made me think of this again, and I thought I'd look it up on the internets. Apparently, the hot topic of nocturnal directionality has been around for eons.

Some say that sleeping with your head oriented to the North results in horrible dreams and exhaustion. That is pretty close to home.

In Hinduism it is said that you should not sleep with your head pointing North or West. Vishnu Purana says: "It is beneficial to lie down with the head placed eastward or southward. The man who lies down with his head placed in contrary directions becomes diseased."

Yet others following Hinduism suggest that the opposite is true. Proponents of sattvik living suggest that there are frequencies present everywhere, and that sleeping toward the North avoids alignment with the negative Patal and tiryak frequencies.

Feng Shui proposes the same sentiment, though prefers Easterly orientation.

I have also seen reference to a tradition that people in the Northern hemisphere should orient to the North, and the opposite for the Southern hemisphere. My father grew up 15 degrees North of the equator.

There may be some science behind all of this. It is theorized that humans like many other species have an internal magnetic compass, our heads being the North pole and our feet at the South. In birds and fish it is thought that this compass aids in navigation.

When two magnets are oriented such that their like poles are aligned, a repulsive force is created by the magnetic fields. Is it possible that sleeping with our heads pointing North results in a constant experience of a repulsive force at the cellular level that could affect our health?

Studies have suggested that humans who sleep in an East-West position have far shorter R.E.M. sleep cycles, in which dreams occur, compared with North-South sleepers who got more REM sleep.

I have found no shortage of testimonials of people who after reorienting to sleep South-facing experience more energy and focus and decreased stress. The same seems to be true about each direction.

One uncited source reports that babies, left to their own devices, will orient themselves toward the North.

Now I feel even less certain.


I remember reading about this issue; I think in a booklet called "The Eye of Revelation" published by a company called Borderland Sciences.

This literature declares that 6,000 years of study proves sleeping in a bed oriented North - South leads to more blessings while orienting East - West leads to more curses.

Since I learned about this apparent fact I have observed my peers who did not take heed of this advise suffer negative experiences whilst sleeping in East - West. All those who were sleeping North - South without being advised of this idea were happier and complained less about their situations.

I am happy to advise anyone who is sleeping East - West that they need to change their beds to align with a compass to be predominantly North - South.

When I learned the results of a poll indicated slightly more people 48% were sleeping East - West and 5% at some angle and only 44% were North - South sleepers I was happy to find this site where I could post the truth as history teaches.

Small wonder society is in such a chaotic mess with more of us having curses simply for erroneously orienting their direction of sleep!!!

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For some reason, I always find myself pointing my bed north/south, but my head craves to point south. I guess a part of me has always wanted to "head south," to all it represents.

I moved into an apt three yrs ago. At first I slept wIth my head to the east -I could not sleep well. At first I thought it was the new location but after a month I had to move my bed. The other way to place my bed was to have my head facing south. I will admit that I got much better sleep in this direction but not always the best because frequently I felt not completely rested. The other direction I could not fall asleep or it felt like my brain would not shut down. So anyway, . On a whim a friend said because I was single and the feast of Thomas was approaching I should try sleeping with my head at the foot of my bed(reason why is another story). That night was the best nights sleep I have had in this apt. I wake up easy, little to no problems falling asleep and fall back asleep quickly if awoken. I will be moving my bed to the other Room to keep my head north ward. Especially wIth all the news about how poor quality of sleep affects our health. (I would stay in the same bedroom but there it's a wall heater in the way of placing the head of my bed there).


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