Sleep is one of the biggest blessings in life. Getting a good night’s sleep is a panacea to all ills, both physical and mental. However, there are many who are not able to sleep well. There are few superficial techniques to sleep better, like darkening the room and setting it at a slightly lower temperature. They may help, to an extent. If you want to understand what a good night’s sleep is, read on to know how Vastu governs your sleeping space, and how you can use it to permanently dispense with your sleeping problems.
Vastu Shastra and Its Guiding Principles for Ideal Sleep
Vastu Shastra is the science of building layouts. It aims to make harmonious buildings in places in tune with Mother Nature. This helps human beings inhabiting the building towards leading a well balanced and happy life. It deals with structuring the living, working and sleeping spaces based on the five elements of nature – earth, water, sky, fire and air. The layout is planned in eight directions with calculations based on gravitational and magnetic forces. Living on Earth, we are at all times exposed to various cosmic forces. Some of them are good, others are bad. And all of them hit us in a dispassionate manner. So, we must sleep in a place that has positive and harmonious energy conducive to a comfortable sleep. Vastu Shastra has a separate section about where your bedroom should be and how you should be sleeping. These guidelines will help you soak in favourable energy while sleeping and avoid malefic ones.
The direction in which you rest your head while sleeping is most important. As per Vastu, the South is the favoured direction, while laying in the North direction should be avoided. The prescriptions are as follows
Adults should sleep with the head towards the South or East
Children should sleep with their head towards East
Guests are allowed to sleep with their head towards the West
Sleeping with the head towards the North direction is prohibited as per Vastu Shilpa Shastra
Sleeping with head towards the South
According to Vastu Shastra, this is the most ideal sleeping position. Towards the south is the house of deity Yama which is associated with gaining wealth, happiness, and positivity. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It coordinates the Earth’s magnetic field such that it lets in the positive vibration after filtering out the negative ones. People in the business or professional field can greatly benefit by sleeping facing the South. This can help them get an uninterrupted sleep of seven to eight hours. Consequently, they will be more radiant and pleasant during their waking hours of the day.
Sleeping with head towards the East
The Eastern direction is where the Sun rises. So it is considered as the storehouse for energy and power and the best direction to sleep. It helps you get sound sleep and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. It brings good health, spiritual inclination, and increases memory power and concentration. Sleeping facing the east is good for students and individuals associated with academics, like teachers, professors, research scholars. It will also help your mind be more creative.
Sleeping with head towards the West
West is considered a neutral position to sleep when compared to East and South. However, there are some advantages. It can bring success in business or the workplace. It can bring name, fame, reputation and prosperity. It helps you bag the best opportunities in life. This is the ideal position to place beds in the guest room. It can also help keep off unwanted negative energies around yourself.
Sleeping with head towards the North
Only a dead body’s head is kept towards the North direction before cremation. Sleeping facing the north can cause strain to the heart and brain. According to Vastu rules, when the head is kept towards the North, the human body acts as a magnet with the head as its North pole. The iron-enriched blood flow gets influenced due to the magnetic field. The North poles of the body and Earth will repel each other leading to serious drainage of energy. It can trigger neurological issues and cause long term sleep deprivation. It can also lead to stress, illness and disturbance in the mind.
Sleeping in diagonal directions
As per Vastu, sleeping with your head towards the North-East direction can harm your sleeping patterns. Therefore, it is recommended to keep your sleeping arrangements in a way so that your bed direction as per Vastu lies in the South-West and South-East directions. The North-West direction is considered to be a neutral sleeping direction.
Sleep Vastu: What should you do for ideal sleep?
Sleep becomes ideal when you wake up from it body refreshed and your mind at ease. Ideal sleep is as much an art as it is a science. On behalf of science, Vastu Shastra has a few recommendations for you. Avoid aligning your bed with sharp corners. Also, avoid sleeping beneath beams. Do not have your mobile phones or laptops or other electronic gadgets placed in bed while sleeping. Ideally, they should be kept as far away as possible. Avoid placing your legs towards the door of the bedroom as it can cause nightmares. Use light-coloured paint on walls and dark coloured curtains to block light. Leave the space beneath the bed empty. It will help to channel the good vibration. Avoid placing plants in the bedroom as they release carbon dioxide at night. In addition to all this, choose your sleeping position carefully. Do not sleep facing the north direction. Your overall sleep quality and other factors have a direct impact on your health and mind.