“Never keep your head facing North,” they typically say in India. “It’s a ritual. Vaastu does not permit it.”
I’ve always wondered why is it so. Is there a logical reason for not doing that? I understand Vaastu is a subject of life energy – and energy has to have some roots in science. Maybe our consciousness has not understood it yet.
In the quest of finding out the truth, I came across this video from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev:
“If you place your head to the north and stay that way for 5 to 6 hours, the magnetic pull will cause pressure on your brain.” ~ Sadhguru
So if you are in Australia, South may not be the best direction for sleeping and if you’re in India, North is not. Important here is not to follow a ritual blindly but go to the roots of its WHY and then make an informed decision.
Here is a resourceful post on Sleeping Positions: Why North Is Not The Best Direction from Isha Foundation.
My takeaway: Rituals are fine but when you understand the scientific reasons behind them, you might want to follow it not because it is a ritual but because you think that’s the right thing to do.