We all want pleasant and sound sleep where we can wake up with a smile feeling relaxed and fresh. Don’t we? We have always wished for a night where we don’t have to worry about insomnia or nightmares or any sleep terrors.

According to Hindu dharma, our sleeping position and direction define the state of sleep. It has expanded the spiritual science behind the direction of sleep and its effects.

Sleeping Direction

So, does the direction you lay your head down while sleeping matter?

Human beings reflect the planet earth in having a north pole and a south pole, and the alignment of our body while sleeping matters because the flow of energy through the Earth affects our own magnetic field. Because of the planet’s magnetic field, sleeping in certain directions causes unnecessary pressure on the brain, leading to disturbed sleep and health issues. Hindu Dharma best describes we should sleep in the east-west direction.

East-West Direction: Sleeping with head in the east increases memory, concentration, good health, and inclination towards spirituality. The east-west position is considered best for healthy and sound sleep. The waves in this direction are positive and can provide positive energy to the body.

North-South Direction: Sleeping with head in the North is a bad practice. This is a position where dead bodies are placed. While you sleep with your head in the north direction, you get bad dreams and stress in your body. The Earth’s magnetic pull will strain your brain in that direction. It is also believed that the North direction is a route that a soul takes after leaving the body.

Seven Chakras in Human Body
Seven Chakras in Human Body

In Hindu Dharma, it is believed that the chakras’ movement in our body occurs in the proper sleeping direction and when we have a proper sleep. Positive vibrations are present in the east direction, which makes the chakras in the body rotate in the appropriate direction instead of in conflicting directions.

So, placing your head in the east direction helps to facilitate positive vibrations which arise from the east to Sapta-Chakras (Seven chakras) in the body. This appropriate direction will not allow Raja particles generated in the body to cause any distress to the individual.

Apart from these, individuals will also benefit from the wave of Action of God associated with the east-west direction. With this, Sattvik waves of actions are transferred into the body, which facilitates the movement of the Pancha-pranas (five vital energies) situated at the navel region. By the support of Upa-pranas (subordinate vital energies), these Pancha-Pranas discharges the subtle-waste gases from the body. As a result, the individual’s Prana-deha (vital body) and Pranamayakosha (vital energy sheath) get purified.

Pancha Pranas

The atmosphere around us is portrayed by several frequencies and energies of the universe. Their flow prevails in certain directions. If our bodies have to align themselves with their flow present in the universe, it is most likely that our bodies too come under their influence. One such negative frequency flows towards hell, which is the Patala region.

The other kind of negative frequency is called Tiryak. The word Tiryak means oblique. Such oblique frequencies can cause distress in the individual. Since these frequencies move southwards, the south direction is owed with negative frequencies. So, it is advised not to sleep with the foot facing the south.

The southern direction is believed to be connected with the region of death (Yamalok). When we sleep with the head facing north, and the feet are facing the south, vibrations coming from the patala region and the region of death join together. Hence, there is a high chance of suffering from their combined effects, resulting in various kinds of sleep disorders, including nightmares, waking up in fear, etc.

So, maintaining your direction of sleep is highly essential to avoid sleep disorders and have a good night sleep.

(Last Updated On: June 8, 2022)