Sleep is a basic biological function so important that it occupies a third of our lives. Therefore, it is also a matter of concern for many people and, at the same time, the object of numerous myths that revolve around this indispensable habit for a full and healthy life.
Traditionally, the north orientation is considered the most suitable for sleeping and in this case, popular knowledge is right. If we look at wild animals, most are oriented in that direction when they want to rest.
The best posture to sleep is the one that gives us a greater feeling of relaxation when we wake up and that will help us to have a better performance the next day thanks to that energy contribution that offers us to sleep well. Thus, among all these advantages for the proper functioning of our organism, there is a position that the scientific community highlights: the left lateral decubitus posture, or what is the same, sleeping on the side, preferably on the left side.
The reasons are related to the magnetic orientation of the earth and the polarization of our cells.
The earth is a huge magnet with two poles, north, and south, that generate a magnetic field. From it are derived the lines of force that leave the south (geographical) pole and enter the north pole, closing southward through the interior of the earth, thus forming a loop.
Why Should We Sleep With Our Heads To The North?
Our cells are composed of electrons, with their respective positive and negative charges. When sleeping aligned with the north we facilitate rest because in that direction we do not interfere with the natural flow of the earth, which goes south-north. A good rest guarantees adequate cell regeneration, health, and vitality.
When we talk about orienting the bed to the north it means that the head of the bed is oriented in that direction, so that, when we lie down, the crown is in the north direction and the feet in the south.
However, it is as important to sleep north-facing as to “comfortable” sleep, that is, if we have to change the location of the bed and position it in a place that is uncomfortable because it messes up the natural structure of the room, this discomfort probably won’t let us rest well either.
Therefore, there will be people for whom the main thing is to sleep facing north and instead other people will give more importance to the visual and practical effect of the arrangement of the furniture (not being with their backs to the door or the window, leaving a space wide for the opening of the cupboards …).
Each one has to decide what is important for himself knowing the pros and cons of the two alternatives. However, there are some general tips valid for everyone that are sure to allow you to sleep better.
What benefits does this sleeping posture provide?
The cause of certain pains or spend many nights without sleep (which causes a whole range of health risks) may have to do with the placement of both the head, back, arms and legs after falling into bed.
“It is clinically accepted that a change in sleep position can benefit the systematic health of people,” according to a study published in The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.
So, sleeping on your side favors the processes of the glyph system (that mechanism of the organism of mammals that is dedicated to cleaning the waste of the nervous system ) which, according to a study carried out by scientists at the University of Stony Brook in New York (USA), and published in The Journal of Neuroscience, is the position that best helps eliminate waste in the brain and prevent the occurrence of other problems such as Alzheimer’s disease.
As if this were not enough, sleeping on the left side also relieves heartburn and is ideal for pregnant women (both for rest and for the fetus ), as this position supports the spine and neck, which leads to a night of More restful sleep and helps prevent long-term injuries.
On the other hand, we remember that the worst sleeping position is upside down since it puts more pressure on the back and lungs. For pregnant women and people with gastric reflux, it is even more discouraged.
The ideal bedroom is the simplest since its function is to allow rest.
It must be a quiet and quiet place, where stimuli are minimized. Therefore, it is preferable that the study or work area is not in the bedroom. In the case that it is and it is unfeasible to find another place, it should be well ventilated when changing activity – when we stop working and go to sleep – so that the place does not feel heavy and our body understands that we go from an active intellectual activity to a resting phase.
What Can We Do To Sleep Well?
To ensure a good rest it is essential that there is darkness so that the body can secrete melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone. Its production is inhibited by light and stimulated by darkness, therefore it is directly related to the amount of light the retina receives.
It is important to close the blinds well and get used to sleeping without light. It will also be positive to accustom children to sleep in the dark.
Sleep without electronic devices
Electronic devices such as television, cell phones or even computers affect our sleep because they emit artificial electromagnetic fields.
This affects us with symptoms such as fatigue, headache, irritability, and others that cause not to sleep well, altering the production cycle of the hormone melatonin that regulates sleep.
Sleep in the dark
As simple as it seems to sleep in the dark, it is recommended. Our body needs darkness to be able to rest and regulate the heart rate
Because the physiological process that regulates sleep and other traits are called “endogenous circadian rhythm. ” This has a duration of 24 hours prompting continuous regulation. Example:
At night, when there is darkness, the body temperature drops, the metabolism decreases and the melatonin rises. When the sun rises, the melatonin drops and so we can wake up.
Other factors that interrupt sleep are having night lights, this raises leptin levels causing the feeling of being hungry.
Inciting the need to consume food that we don’t really need, as well as the inability to sleep continuously. Therefore it is recommended to orient the bed so that it is not exposed to artificial light.
Remember that Feng Shui is an oriental ancestral art that subjects matter to the energies of the universe, therefore each action is designed in the energy flow of its own and space.
Comfort is also important
Not always the room space will allow the bed to be oriented properly. Causing some people who do not like to sleep with the bed facing a door or window, have a mirror right in front; you better settle in the way you feel comfortable.
Sleeping in an environment that you do not feel natural can also be a cause of a bad dream, so do not neglect your resting place and remember to orient the bed to align with the natural flow of the earth.