Community & Culture

8 Sleep Superstitions to Put to Rest

Did you have difficulty sleeping last night? Perhaps it’s because you changed your bedding on Friday or turned your mattress last Sunday.


Superstitions like these have no scientific basis, but according to a CBS News poll, slightly more than half of all Americans consider themselves a little superstitious – and no day arouses superstition more than today, Friday the 13th.

Some people derive a sense of security from doing everything they can to ensure a desired outcome, including a strong belief in the irrational, according to WebMD, and this belief may actually cause a placebo effect that helps perpetuate the superstition.

Here are eight superstitions about sleep.

8 Sleep Superstitions To Put To Rest_Infographic.jpg

  1. A single woman who sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow will dream of her future husband, according to And if that single woman marries the man in her dreams, the first person to fall asleep on their wedding night will be the first to die, according to Richard Webster, author of The Encyclopedia of Superstitions.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Superstitions also states that since the soul leaves the body during sleep, a sleepwalker should never be awakened because his soul may not be able to return to his body.
  3. Dreams are great fodder for superstitions: “Dreams at night are a devil’s delight, dreams in the morning, heed the angels’ warning,” “If you have the same dream three times in a row, it’s bound to come true,” and “If you sleep in a strange bed, whatever you dream will come true” are a few of the most popular superstitions, according to
  4. There’s even a superstition for resourceful young women who like to sew or knit their own bedcovers. According to, a single woman who has left a bedspread or quilt unfinished will not marry. Also, women seeking holy matrimony should make the head of the bed before the foot, and once they’re happily married, sew a swan’s feather in their spouse’s pillow to insure fidelity, according to
  5. You must get in and out of your bed on the same side or bad luck will follow you, according to If you happen to get out of the bed on the wrong side, you can redeem yourself by donning your right sock and shoe before the left, and always be sure your right foot touches the floor first.
  6. If you are making your bed, don’t let yourself be interrupted or you’ll have bad dreams that night, according to Also, to avoid all sorts of dire consequences, don’t lean your broom up against the bed, hang a picture over the head of the bed, leave your shoes under the bed, or place a mirror so it faces your bed.
  7. You should sleep with your head pointing north as this will align your body with the earth’s magnetic waves, allowing for a more peaceful sleep, the encyclopedia states. However, in Japan, sleeping with your head pointed north is considered bad luck because that’s how bodies are positioned at Buddhist funerals, according to This belief is called “kita-makura” or north-facing pillow.
  8. The act of leaving your hat on the bed is seemingly harmless, but according to Huffington Post, it can bring years of bad luck. Although there are many theories as to how this superstition came about — it was a practical measure to prevent lice from spreading, or, perhaps, to avoid drawing attention to the fact that you really enjoy going to the rodeo -- it’s probably best to play it safe and just put your hat away.

Hanging a dreamcatcher above your bed or knocking on the door of an unfamiliar bedroom to scare away bad spirits might be sleep remedies, but you also need a mattress that’s comfortable. If you wake up feeling tired and achy, or your mattress shows signs of wear, it’s time to replace it.

You Might Also Like

show you care buy a bear_RAW.jpg
Community & Culture
Show You Care, Buy A BearMost people are familiar with the two the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During a time dominated by sales, demands for people to buy more, giveaways and doorbusters, it’s easy to get caught up in giving your time and energy to things that distract your focus from some of the true reasons for the holiday season – family, tradition and generosity.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids hosts a book fair
Community & Culture
Mattress Firm Hosts Book Fairs for Local Foster ChildrenFor many of us, the annual book fair at school is a childhood memory we cherish. From the anticipation we felt for our chance to pick the perfect book to the absolute joy we experienced when looking through some of the newest and coolest posters, pencils, and more, the school book fair was an exciting time and something most will never forget.
Community & Culture
Positive Change Through Better Sleep*This post was originally published on LinkedIn in May 2019 by Sunni Goodman, Mattress Firm Vice President of Communications and Customer Experience, as part of National Foster Care Month.*
Community & Culture
Mattress Firm Sponsors Bert's Big AdventureTo show their love and support for children and families fighting every day battles, Mattress Firm partnered with Bert's Big Adventure to sponsor their annual trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. An Atlanta-based non-profit organization, Bert's Big Adventure provides an all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for families with children facing chronic and terminal illnesses. Through a trip to Disney World, families receive the opportunity to embark on an adventure together, and children can let their imagination roam from their daily hospital visits during their visit to the happiest place on earth.
Community & Culture
It's More than a MattressAt Mattress Firm, we understand the impact that the right mattress can have on a good night's sleep. And, while many people think of their bed as just a place to catch some Zzz's, a bed can mean so much more to a child. A mattress can be a place to jump like a monkey, practice reading, build a fort, listen to bedtime stories or to simply unwind from the stress of being a kid.
Community & Culture
Mattress Firm Partners with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to Host “Pack2School” Backpack Build EventsAs we near the end of Summer, students nationwide are heading back to school and preparing for the new year ahead. While this is an exciting time for many, it can bring feelings of anxiety, unpreparedness and uncertainty for foster children.
Sleep Hacks for First Time Parents_blog_640x400
Community & Culture
5 Sleep Hacks for First Time ParentsSleepless nights and groggy mornings. ? The dangers of sleep deprivation are no joke and we all know what it feels like to not sleep our best.
Community & Culture
Mattress Firm Teams Up with Deshaun Watson to Teach Foster Children Success On and Off the FieldFootball season came early this year for a special group of 10 Houston-area foster children who attended Deshaun Watson's Youth Football Camp over the weekend.
Community & Culture
Mattress Firm Hosts Adulting 101: Life Hacks for Living Your Boss LifeAs advocates for foster children nationwide, Mattress Firm strives to ensure that foster youth are given the tools they need to succeed.