Hmmm… the east-west child

Tonight, I’m going to try an experiment. I have my bed set up so that the head is facing south, which is supposed to be a handy thing for helping with sleep. Apparently, humans like the north-south orientations, but I’m suspecting that this is not necessarily true.

At the old house, the head of our bed faced east. Daniel would sleep side-ways only if there were two people in the bed with him – he kinda did this “bridge” thing to be in contact with both of us. When it was just me, he was flat up against me. Now, in the new house with the south-facing bed, he’s sideways all the time.

He and Joseph look like a cute explosion in the morning with all the convoluted sideways positions they take on. After a couple of nights, I figured out that Daniel was going sideways and Joseph was “running from him”.

So, I’m going to move my bed 90 degrees so that the head is facing… west, I think? The theory is that Daniel will be more likely to sleep in line with me instead of perpendicular, and that should mean fewer kidney-kicks. (And here I was thinking that him converting to air-cooled status two years ago would eliminate that particular problem…)

The interesting thing about this is that it’s occurring to me that this is obviously not his only abnormality. He’s got all kinds of weird little quirks, like having a full-sentence vocabulary and using “yes” and “no” in context every time instead of being reflexive… and, as I said, he’s two. Just barely two. We expected his cognitive abilities to be a little unusual, so I’m not surprised, but this east-west thing might be a correlation with some other anomaly or oddity that we have or haven’t come across yet.

How about you? Really think about it. What cardinal point does your head face for you to feel the most comfortable sleeping? (What a clumsy sentence…)

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  1. December 4, 2009

    I had to really think about this, but there’s a hangup I have.

    On the sofa bed, which i sleep on at night out here, I tend to sleep south and west.

    But on the actual bed, which i sleep on whenever everyone is gone, head points due north and i must have my eyes facing east. So…do with that what you will.
    Sleep has never been my strong point, though.
    I will say, head to the north eyes facing east seems to be the quickest way i get to sleep though.
    I never sleep well out here on the sofa bed. But um, that could also be that it’s a sofa bed.

    Anyway, you got me thinking, and apparently rambling.
    HI! :p
    I think i’ll point my head somewhere else now.

    • December 4, 2009

      it occurs to me that i have a really hard time sleeping if i’m not facing the wall. closer to the wall the better.

  2. December 4, 2009

    That is a somewhat clumsy sentence. I would’ve said: if you want to sleep comfortably, what cardinal point does your head need to aim? But that’s me.

    Right now my bed faces east to west. Which is opposite of the way it faced when I was at the old place. And out at the compound it faced east to west again. I have no idea what direction I faced in California. I could never determine which direction was north, south, east or west. I always always and forever lost. I don’t have the problem anywhere else.

  3. December 4, 2009

    Jacob and I both sleep better now that the bed head is to the north. Of course, it might also be because we co-sleep now that he’s outgrown the bassinet. Soooo warm and cozy!

  4. December 5, 2009

    We have always had our bed with our feet facing West and our heads to the East.

  5. December 5, 2009

    The head of my bed faces east and I sleep pretty well when I don’t have anything bothering me.

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