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Correct Position to Sleep In
==Correct Position to Sleep In==
# One should sleep on one’s side and not face up or down. <Ref> Shulchan Aruch OC 63:1. Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 23:3 says that it is prohibited to sleep on one's back, but leaves out the prohibition to sleep on one's stomach. Mishna Brurah 239:6 says that it is a severe prohibition to sleep on one's back or stomach and one should sleep on one's side. Shalmat Chaim 226 224 states that the correct position to sleep in should be reinforced with children at the age of nine. </ref>
# One may place one's bed in any direction that one wants, however if possible it is preferable to situate the head of the bed in the east and the foot of the bed in the west. <ref> Shulchan Aruch 3:6 writes that one should arrange one's bed so that one's feet are towards the south and head towards the north. However, Kaf HaChaim 3:16 cites the opinion of the zohar that one's feet should be in the west direction and head towards the east. Kaf HaChaim sides with the opinion of the zohar though he adds that either opinion is acceptable. Similarly, Or Letzion (vol 2 chap 1:1) writes that one may place one's bed in any direction but it is preferable to follow the zohar. [http://shut.moreshet.co.il/shut2.asp?id=20043 Moreshet.co.il] cites Rav Mordechai Eliyahu in Darkei Tahara as accepting both views. [http://www.ykr.org.il/modules/Ask/answer/5656 ykr.org] also favors the opinion of the zohar.</ref>
# One should not sleep with one’s head or feet directly facing the door "in a position that it looks like one was about to be taken out of the room". <ref> Halachically Speaking (vol 3, article 1, pg 2) quoting Rav Yisrael Belsky </ref>
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