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Halachos Pertaining to Sleep Part 6
Sleeping on one’s Side
In the beginning of the night, one should sleep on his left side and at the end of the night one should sleep on his right side.(67) It is much healthier to sleep on the side because doing so allows the lungs to work better, so one gets more out of his sleep.(68)
Sleeping while wearing Clothes
Many people think one may not sleep while wearing regular (daytime) clothes because doing so causes some type of ruach r’ah to go onto the clothing.(69) The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (70) is the only one who mentions that one should not sleep with regular clothes on, and should remove them before going to sleep. However, the minhag is that one may sleep while wearing regular clothes.(71)
Segula to Fall Asleep
The Taamei Haminhagim (72) says a segula to fall asleep faster is to think about the waves of the ocean.
Sleeping on Shabbos
Although sleeping on Shabbos is enjoyable, (73) one should not sleep too much in order not to take away from what Shabbos is all about.(74) Many Tzadikim did not have the custom to sleep on Shabbos day and instead stayed up learning Torah.(75)
(67)Rambam Hilchos Deos 4:5, Siddur Yaavetz page 587, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 71:5, Kaf Ha’chaim 170:72, Tov Yehoshua page 116:10, Pela Yoetz “yemin” page 283. This applies to lefties as well (refer to Yemin Moshe pages 27 and 58). The reason is because in this way his food will be digested properly (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 71:5). (68) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita. (69) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, (70) 71:5. (71) Refer to Shemiras Haguf V’hanefesh 1:pages 345-346. (72) Page 575. Refer to Oleinu L’sha’be’ach 4:page 313. See Bais Hayehudi 10:14:11-14 for additional segulas to be able to fall asleep. Some say from the Arizal that one should think of techiyas hameisim (Piskei Teshuvos 239:5). (73) Seder Hayom page 108 (new), Rama 290:1, Magen Avraham 4:15, Chesed L’alafim 231:2, Kaf Ha’chaim 290:6. One may not borrow someone else’s pillow etc without his permission (Rivevos Ephraim 6:56:5). (74) Elya Rabbah 290:2, Mishnah Berurah 290:2, Kaf Ha’chaim 290:8. (75) Chesed L’alafim 231:2, Likras Shabbos 2:29:footnote 8, see Tzitz Eliezer 7:23, Nishmas Shabbos 2:426.
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