A human’s sleeping direction and sleeping position decide the kind of energies that come into one’s life. Sleeping directions may have some beneficial effects, including the flow of energy. As more research is accomplished, more will be known. But for now science and Vastu – both believe that sleeping in your favorable directions is very important.
“It is beneficial to lie down with the head placed in your favorable direction. The man who lies down with his head placed on the contrary becomes diseased.”
– Vishnu Purana
Sleep means the resting state where our body is not active and mind is in the unconscious state. During this time we are unaware of our private surroundings as well as sleeping direction.
A sound sleep rejuvenates mind & body for the next day. It will keep your energy level paired with the important task of your daily routine. We all spend one-third of our lives in bed. A person who is 30 years old has already spent 10 years in bed.
Sound, comfortable and timely sleep, apart from food, water, and shelter, is one of the most essential things which we all need daily. On average, a human spends one-third of his life sleeping. Yes! That’s true, we doze a third of our life.
Researches in medical science reveal that during sleep, the subconscious performs repair work on our body. Now you know why doctors give medicines and advise them to sleep properly whenever we are ill.
As you might be aware that energies, either positive or negative are always around us, whether we want them or not. Also, we constantly receive and radiate energy, hence it is crucial to sleep in a place with positive and harmonious energy to have sound and comfortable sleep. Vastu sleeping directions are guidelines and tips to sleep in a way so that we receive favorable energies and reject unfavorable ones.
- 1 Does Wrong Sleeping Direction Effects Your Health?
- 2 What Does Science Have To Say?
- 3 Which Direction Do You Sleep Better?
- 4 The East Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
- 5 The South Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
- 6 The West Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
- 7 The North Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
- 8 Bed Position as per Vastu.
- 9 Enough About The Direction. What Is The Best Sleeping Position?
Does Wrong Sleeping Direction Effects Your Health?
As per Ayurveda and astrology science sleeping direction effects your health. When you are not sleeping in the right direction, it disrupts the rhythm of your sleep. A true Vastu guideline helps you to experience better sleep in your private place. A bed is an important component in the bedroom. Correct positioning of the bed according to the direction is very important to help you keep healthy and energetic. Everyone should ideally follow a right direction to sleep, as choosing the wrong direction for sleep may give rise to sickness and misfortune. Incorrect sleeping direction leads to brain damage, aging and sleeping complications.
What Does Science Have To Say?
According to a study done by the School of Medicine, Missouri, the direction of sleep determines the quality of sleep. Scientists have hypothesized that humans have an internal compass with a North-South Axis similar to cows who sense the Earth’s magnetic field and use it to line up their bodies so they face either north or south when grazing or resting. Sleeping with the heads towards the North Direction in the Northern Hemisphere pulls the iron in the body towards the head and can cause long term health problems including brain damage. The same holds true for sleeping in South Direction in the Southern Hemisphere.
Scientists have also determined that those who are sleeping in the east-west position have shorter REM sleep cycles which can affect the quality of sleep. REM sleep refers to the sleeping phase when most dreaming happens and your eyes move rapidly in different directions (hence the name). Heart rate increases and your breathing becomes more irregular.
REM is very important for muscle repair, accessing, and storing information.
It is hard to say that the best direction to sleep scientifically has already been unlocked as there are still various studies that need to be conducted. Nevertheless, trying out different sleep directions and observing the quality of your sleep may help you get an idea of what’s good for you and your overall health.
Which Direction Do You Sleep Better?
Every sleeping direction, as per Vastu, affects the health of a person in a different way. Let’s look at the different directions and what impact they have on the human body.
The East Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
Experts say that the east-west position is the best position for every individual to get healthy and sound sleep. The waves in this direction are positive and can provide all types of positive energy to your body. Ancient mythology also says that blessings of God are always present in this direction. This direction is equipped with Kriya shakti or energy of action. Your body will be filled with Satvik waves which will make five vital energy active. You can definitely get a night of sound sleep and get full energy to work after you get up. East is the best direction for sleeping as it increases
The South Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
As per sleeping direction Vastu, this is the BEST DIRECTION to keep head. Sleeping with head towards South direction increases wealth, happiness and prosperity. Also, the quality of sleep is best when sleeping in this position.
Sleeping towards south increases
- Life span
- Body strength
The West Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
Sleeping west is a mixed bag. Many suggest that sleeping west is ideal for those who are success-driven, striving for fame, wealth, and a stellar reputation. Other sources suggest that the west is a neutral sleeping position, while some say the west is not ideal and promotes active and unsettling dreams. Allegedly, those dedicated to the science of Vastu Shastra purposely have their guest bedrooms equipped with a bed pointing west. As a result, their company does not achieve a restful night’s rest; thus, lacking rejuvenating sleep, they will not be inclined to overstay their welcome.
“Sleeping with your head into the west or north opposes sleep’s chief goal, which is to maximize rest and recuperation.”– Robert,
The North Direction ( In Northern Hemisphere )
Sleeping with your head in North direction is not recommended by Vastu Shastra. In fact, as per Vastu, one must never keep his head in the North while sleeping. Only a dead body’s head is kept towards North direction. If one sleeps in this position then he/she faces major sickness and remains sleep deprived.
According to Vastu rules, the human body acts as a magnet with the head as its the North Pole. If the head of a person points towards the north while sleeping, North Poles of the body and Earth will repel each other, affecting the blood circulation. It causes stress, illness and also disturbs the mind. It will also make you stressed and exhausted. In many traditions, a body of the dead person is always kept with the head pointing towards the north before cremating. It is strongly advised to avoid sleeping with head towards the north. It can make the next morning miserable.
Remember, “The early morning has gold in its mouth“-Benzamin Franklin
Sleeping towards North leads to:
- Health Issues
- Decreases Life span
Bed Position as per Vastu.
According to Vastu, the bed should be placed with the head towards the east or the south direction. The bed in the guest room can have its head towards the west. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, sleeping with your head towards any direction except the north is advisable. In the Southern hemisphere avoid South Direction.
Also, it is worth noting that beds should be made of wood. Metal beds should be discouraged because they can produce negative vibrations.
Enough About The Direction. What Is The Best Sleeping Position?
Not only the direction of sleep is important but the body position during sleep is equally important. Sleeping in the wrong position can increase neck pain and back pain. Also, an incorrect position can lead to blockage of air passage to the lungs leading to obstructive sleep apnea. Also, some studies suggest that some the wrong sleeping position leads to slow toxin filtration from the body.
There is not a single best sleeping position. It depends on person to person with varying health and medical conditions. Let’s look at the different types of sleeping positions and discuss their pros and cons.
- Sleeping on your stomach:
- Sleeping on your back:
- Side Sleeping:
- Spooning Position:
- Starfish Position:
- Fetus Position:
- Log Position:
- Yearner Position:
- Freefall Position:
- Soldier Position:
If you are a stomach sleeper, you represent 7% of people in the world. This is also called the prone position.
Pros: If you have a habit of snoring, sleeping on your stomach eases it by removing obstructions from your airway.
Cons: This position can aggravate neck, spine and back pain. It puts pressure on the nerves and causes nerve numbness, tingling, and nerve pain.
Sleeping on your stomach causes facial wrinkles as your face is smooshed into the pillow all night.
What can you do if you are a stomach sleeper?
It is recommended to change your position if you sleep on your stomach. If you’re having a hard time changing your habit, place your forehead on your pillow so that your head and spine remain in a neutral position and you have room to breathe.
This position is also called the supine position.
Pros: It is helpful to ease neck pain. Your head, neck, and spine are in a neutral position so you’re less likely to experience neck pain.
Also, placing a pillow under your head and sleeping on your back is considered the best position if you are suffering from heartburn.
Sleeping on your back is also recommended to prevent wrinkles.
Cons: You can experience lower back pain. People who are already suffering from lower back problems should avoid this position as it makes the condition worse.
Also, this position aggravates sleep apnea and snoring.
Women in the later stages of pregnancy should avoid this position as well. Studies have shown that sleeping in this position for as short as 30 minutes can reduce oxygen supply to the fetus.
This is the most popular sleeping position among humans. Sleep experts call this position as lateral position.
Pros: This position may be good for people who snore.
Also, when you sleep the brain clears away toxins from itself. According to a recent study done on rats, sleep scientists have found that sleeping in this position helps the brain to clear brain waste more efficiently.
To lower the risk of problems like acid reflux, patients usually sleep best on their left sides. However, sleeping on the right side might result in an increase in GERD problems.
Cons: It worsens medicals conditions such as arthritis.
Also, side sleepers can have wrinkles over time because they press down on their face in the lateral position causing facial wrinkles and expansion of the skin on your face over time.
People with congestive heart failure should avoid sleeping on their left sides. However, sleeping on the right side might protect people with heart problems from further damage.
This position is for couples. the person in the back and in the front are in the side sleeping position with the person in the back holding the other close to their body.
Pros: This position allows for cuddling, too, which stimulates the release of oxytocin. This is a hormone that promotes bonding, decreases stress, and may help you get to sleep more quickly.
Cons: While this position doesn’t have any major health consequences, you wake up more frequently as you are jostled by your partner.
People who sleep in a starfish position sleep on their backs with their arms up over their heads. These people are prone to snoring.
This position is a modification of the side sleeping position with your legs tucked up towards your stomach.
Pros: Studies suggest that the fetus position is extremely beneficial for pregnant ladies as it facilitates better blood circulation for both the baby and the mother.
Cons: It might hurt your hips and the inner joints of your knees. Placing a pillow between your knees may help relieve pressure.
People who sleep in the log position sleep on their sides with their arms down next to their bodies. Approximately 15% of people sleep like a log. For people with snoring problems and shoulder pain, this position is considered as a boon, while for people suffering from arthritis, it is considered as a bane.
People sleeping in this position have their arms outstretched in front of the body while sleeping on their sides. Again, this is position is good for those who snore and bad for people suffering from arthritis.
In this position, people sleep on their stomachs with their heads turned to the side. People who sleep this way have their arms wrapped around a pillow or tucked under a pillow.
This position is an absolute no as it causes numbness of nerves and elbow joints. This position can aggravate neck, spine and back pain.
In this position, people lie on their backs and their arms are down and close to the body. This one is a poor choice for snoring and may prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Also, this position may aggravate lower back pain. The soldier position is also not recommended for pregnant women.
However, a recent study has revealed that people who slept on their backs with their arms at their sides used their shoulder muscles less and may experience less shoulder pain.
After looking at all the positions and their pros and cons, we recommend that the best sleeping position for you may simply be the one that leaves you feeling your best the next day.