Best Direction To Sleep as per Science, Feng Shui & Vaastu

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You have a comfortable bed, a cosy pillow and dim lights in the room. Yet, you are struggling to sleep. There can be many reasons for that – your regular work stress, an undiagnosed sleep disorder or even the architecture of your room. 

Though not proven, both the ancient texts of Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui suggest dos and don’ts about the direction you should sleep in. They talk about the science of architecture and the importance of polarity to enhance the quality of life, which is achieved by letting the energy of life, called chi in the Chinese Feng Shui and prana in the Indian Vaastu Shastra, flow naturally.

What does Science say?

Before handing out the ‘pseudoscience’ tag to Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui, you must keep in mind that modern technology has now made it possible to warm and cool any area of your bedroom, regardless of the direction or geometrical shape of the house. That wasn’t the case traditionally. Earlier, houses were built keeping the environmental factors in mind and so, they were accompanied with a set of rules to lead the life. 

However, numerous studies are starting to reveal what the Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui have been telling for centuries. That, the geographical direction we sleep in affects the quality of sleep we get. All these studies, study the Earth’s magnetic field, just what the practitioners of Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui seem to claim.

The Earth is made up of a metallic inner core that creates a magnetic field on each rotation. And just like the Earth, scientists have theorised that humans too have an internal compass. So, as per the magnetic field theory, if you sleep facing the Earth’s north, the two north poles (assuming your head is towards north) repel each other. This may lead to nightmares and sleep disorders. In fact, Feng Shui discourages northward sleeping as it can trigger insomnia whereas Vaastu Shastra believes that only a dead body is kept facing north

Likewise, many sleep-help books recommend a correct magnetic direction to achieve some good shut-eye.

Earth's Magnetic Field

So which direction should you sleep in?

That’s debatable. Apart from agreeing that sleeping with your head to the north is dysfunctional, every theory recommends a different direction and backs it up with claims unproven. Likewise, where to place your bed in combination with a window is a much-discussed topic. The best thing is to assess your room’s overall features.

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A view to kill…your sleep

In architecture, much has been written about the importance of bringing in the atmosphere through your window. Modern architecture even seems fixated on trumpeting the panoramic views from your dwellings. However, having a bed facing the window can be a bad idea, as prolonged light exposure can lead to fatigue and impaired functioning the next day. If your bed faces the east, you may resort to preventative measures to block the light in the morning, like buying blackout drapes or a sleep mask, in turn blocking the view. A good middle-ground is to place your bed facing towards the window, but not directly under or opposite it.

Bed under the window dilemma

Although frowned on by Feng Shui, sometimes the weather gives a good reason to put your bed under the window. This can work in warmer places as a window over your head allows your body to cool while you are resting. 

And sometimes, you may find yourself with a window-behind-the bed setup that’s just offset. You know, those that are either fixed on one side of the bed or on both sides. It’s annoying to open and close them without once banging them on the headboard. 

This situation can be fixed with a low-frame bed. A low-frame bed will enable you to access the window and close your drapes seamlessly. Alternatively, you can also choose a bed with curtains, like a four-poster bed and create a sanctuary, far removed from that design nightmare of an off-set window.

To face the door or not

According to popular opinion, sleeping with the door in view enables you to keep an eye out for intruders and make you feel safer psychologically, thus, helping you sleep better.

However, Feng Shui loyalists desist sleeping with soles facing the door. They call it the ‘coffin position’ because traditionally, the dead are carried away by feet first. 

Okay. But which is the best direction for sleep?

The one that’s most comfortable for you. Your personal preference can win over anything. Just remember, you can detect the highest energy in the room, no matter what the rules of Vaastu or Feng Shui say or where your electrical sockets are placed. 

However, what wouldn’t hurt: 

  • A comfortable bed and mattress.
  • Choosing bedding according to the weather.
  • Let enough light and ventilation in the room. 
  • Install a white noise machine to block out ambient, environmental sounds.
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