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In a v-berth, you would probably want to sleep feet towards the bow, for two reasons. First, the headroom issue you found out about... and the width of the v-berth doesn't really allow two people's shoulders to fit well, where two people's feet would fit far better.
Also, having your head closer to the center of the boat means that your head will move less, since the bow and stern will lift and fall in heavier seas and the center of the boat will move far less.
In the main cabin, using the settee berths, the choice is less clear cut generally. However, some boats, like mine, will have a wider end to the settee, so that end is generally where you'd want to put your head, since your shoulders take up far more room than your feet do, as I pointed out previously.
In an aft cabin, you may want to have feet towards the stern because of the boat's motion. But, if the berth is such that you can only enter from the cabin side, having your head aft means you'll keep the berth cleaner.
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