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Dreams & Your Bed Orientation | BYB

August 31, 2008 on 3:05 pm | In Dream Research | 3 Comments

Dreaming—the amount, at least—is affected by which direction your bed faces. Really. 

According to researchers, you will spend more time in rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, the type of sleep associated with dreaming, if your bed is oriented north-south. Apparently it doesn’t matter which end faces north, just that the bed is on a north-south alignment.  

People whose beds are aligned east to west dream much less. The article didn’t mention what happens if you place your bed on a diagonal. I suspect that very few of us do.  

I would like to read more about the research. Unfortunately the news story doesn’t give a source for the information. If you find out, please post a comment to let us all know.  

The startling information about bed orientation affecting how much you dream appeared near the end of a news story on the discovery that cattle align themselves on a north-south axis when grazing. That discovery made researchers to realize that cattle, too, are sensitive to magnetic forces.

They also found that deer align themselves north-south when sleeping. Do deer dream? Dogs certainly seem to.

It had long been known that migratory birds navigate by magnetic sensitivity. And more recently researchers have found that whales do, too.  

So which direction does your bed face? If you want to make the most of your dreaming time, make sure your bed is on a north-south alignment. Again, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the head or the foot of the bed points north. But then, given time, researchers may find that it does. 

Meanwhile, at least we know this much. To me that’s a blessing! 


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  1. [...] post was inspired by a comment Paulie made about the post that said orienting your bed north-south (instead of east-west) increases dreaming. Somehow, although I can see the comment in the control panel area of this blog, it has not shown [...]

    Pingback by How to Remember Your Dreams | BYB | DreamVisions.info — November 3, 2008 #

  2. interesting article. i actually found it because i have been waking up in the mornings feeling un-refreshed by even 8 hours of sleep, sometimes with a headache. i can only describe the feeling as waking up with 5-6 hours sleep after drinking a bottle of wine. then someone suggested i move my bed around, so to test that theory, i’ve been sleeping on the couch for the last couple nights – perpendicular to my bed. i’ve been feeling a lot more rested from my sleep. i had some unrelated stomach cramps last night, only got to sleep at around 2 am on my couch and still felt better in the morning than many an 8 hour night in my bed. i have no idea what the compass orientation of the 2 are, but after reading this article i’ll definitely check!

    Comment by Guy — March 10, 2009 #

  3. This is so correct, I was wondering if it was just me with this out come.
    Great to know im not any stranger than anybody else!


    Comment by Logan — November 22, 2010 #

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