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    Q. Why we need to be early to bed and early to rise?

    Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    Early rising means waking up before sunrise. Waking up at this time means that the blood circulation in our body and mind is positive.

    Waking up after sunrise causes negative blood circulation and blood flow becomes sluggish.

    Late rising also induces baseless and negative dreaming and weakens the immune system

    The body and mind will stay fresh if you get up before sunrise.

    Constipation and indigestion will remain under control.

    The mind and mood will remain cheerful throughout the day.

    You will have sufficient time to think, plan and organise the day lying ahead of you.
    The power and capacity of the mind will increase.

    The memory will sharpen.

    The eyesight will not get weakened.

    Getting up early before the Sunrise is a must for the Tamils. (Silappathikaram: 14-5 to 13.)

    This is followed still in all rural parts and by a majority in the urban areas.

    Q. Which direction should a bed face for peaceful sleeping?

    1. A Tamil treatise on almanac [The Varshaadi Nool ] says: Sleeping eastward is good; sleeping southward prolongs life; sleeping westward and northward brings ruin.

    There are two Tamil proverbs which run thus:

    Vaaraatha Vazhvu Vanthaalum Vadakke Thalai Vaikkakkoodathu, meaning; Even in the heyday of sudden fortune, one should not lie down with head to the north, and Vidakkei ayinum Vadakku akaathu,

    Meaning: Even the head of the dried fish should not be placed northward.

    The Ayurvedic physician seats his patients facing eastward before diagnosing the disease or administering his medicine.
    Sleeping with head resting in the East enhances memory, health and spiritual inclination.

    It is usually advised by Vastu Shastra Consultants to plan the children's room in such a way that their Vastu sleeping direction comes out to be east. This leads to higher concentration and retention power.

    We are advised to avoid sleeping with our head to the north or west.

    I quote the following lines from a Book of Moral codes of Sangam Era "Achara Kovai" on the subject of Sleeping:

    We all know that our planet has a magnetic pole stretched from north to south with the positive pole at the north and the negative pole at the south.

    Now, health scientists tell us that we too have a similar magnetic stretch with the positive pole at the head and the negative one at the feet.

    It is common knowledge that like poles repel and unlike poles attract not only scientific but also in social spheres. When we lay our heads on the north side, the two positive sides repel each other and there is a struggle between the two. Since the earth has a greater magnetic force, we are always the losers, and rise in the morning with headache or heaviness.
    But when we lay our heads in the southern direction, there is mutual attraction and we wake up fit, fresh and free, unless afflicted by some illness.

    We also know that our planet revolves itself from west to east, and sun's magnetic field enters earth from east side. This magnetic force enters our head if we lie with head on the east and exits through feet, promoting cool heads and warm feet as per the laws of magnetism and electricity. When the head is laid towards the west, cool feet and hot head result - an unpleasant start for morning.

    Now we may realize why the ancient people said, that our intellect improves by east facing head or house, and life lengthens with the head facing south.

    Source:Ashok Leyland Dost

    Anathanarayanan Ramaswamy