Get Better Sleep using Feng Shui
Having a great night’s sleep is something that everyone wants. So how can you use the universal energy around you to help do that? This can be done using the centuries old art of Feng Shui.
Feng shui is literally defined as “Feng” means wind and “Shui” means water.
According to Feng shui principles, the bed is the most important piece of furniture in your home because it represents you. You probably spend more time there than any other place, typically sleeping. When asleep, you are in a passive “yin” state and more susceptible to the energies around you. So your bed placement is crucial to helping you getting a restful sleep.
Feng Shui Dos and Don'ts for the Bedroom
DO PUT YOUR BED AGAINST A WALL
The best place for your bed is against a solid wall, as this psychologically provides a feeling of support and protection. Arrange your bed so that it has a clear view of the doorway while not being in direct alignment with it.
Be careful not to directly align your bed with the doorway as the energy flows too quickly and this can feel unsettling, thus disrupt your sleep.
DO GO FOR A WOOD HEADBOARD (OR BED FRAME)
Your headboard and bed frame play an important role in enhancing the Feng shui of your bedroom. Choose a solid wooden headboard and frame, as the element of wood relates to the symbolic nature of supporting your body and energy when sleeping.
Metal headboard or bed frames are not advised as they can amplify and distort the earth's natural magnetic field. Whereas wooden materials help reduce radio frequency signals from wireless appliances (your computer, cell phone, and television) from negatively penetrating your personal energy field.
DO DOUBLY ACCESSORISE
When choosing bedroom furniture, opting for pairs can be especially harmonising. Get two side tables, one on each side of the bed. They symbolise balance and equality in Western Feng shui. If your bedroom layout doesn't have equal space for two side tables then one side table will do.
DO USE DECORS THAT BRING YOU JOY
When it comes to accessorising, chose items you love in order to heighten the energy of your bedroom. Accent pillows, a throw blanket and a comforter can all help enhance the energy through subtle colours, patterns, and designs. Follow your gut and decorate with textiles and objects that bring you joy.
DON'T HANG A MIRROR
Inside the bedroom, the majority of the energy you ideally want to cultivate is Yin = restfulness. Mirrors are considered to be a Yang energy (movement) thus causing disturbed sleep.
If you want to have a mirror, get a free standing one and make sure it's not facing your bed directly as you don’t want any energy from it to reflect on to you while you sleep. Instead, face the mirror to an outside window, which could help pull more daylight into the room.
DON'T PUT YOUR BED UNDER HEAVY OBJECTS OR SHARP ANGLES
To ensure a good night's sleep, be conscious of your bedroom's ceiling. Do you have a ceiling fan, beams, a skylight, an angled or slanted ceiling design? Any of these could negatively affect your sleep and energy as they relate to Sha energy (which drains a person's energy). If your ceiling has any of the above-mentioned items, avoid sleeping directly under them, if you can.
DON'T ALLOW CLUTTER
Clutter creates stress and we want to keep it in control. You want to have an open space especially under your bed, because that creates healthy energy and healthy chi. If you live in a small space and have to store things under your bed then stick to soft, sleep-related items like bedding, pillows, and blankets.
Don’t keep items that are emotionally-charged from your past or present that hold negative emotional memories as it could impact your aura (energy field), dreams, emotions, and thoughts negatively on a subconscious level.
To bring good energy in to your space, get rid of all unwanted items from your bedroom.
DON'T ADD WATER
Water is beneficial to financial success in the Chinese culture but the element has no place in the bedroom in any form, whether it is a fountain, a fish tank or figuratively water-centric artwork and photos.
Why? Because the powerful and active chi energy created by water disrupts the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere that Feng shui aims to create in the bedroom. And as water extinguishes fire, the element can be bad news for the libido and passion.
DON'T CHOOSE JUST ANY COLOR SCHEME
Go with colours that match with the elements - Earth and skin tones such as ivory, peach, coral, and chocolate as they are soothing, or pick tranquil colours such as soft blues and pale greens.
DON’T HANG FAMILY PHOTOS
Your bedroom isn't the place for family photos. Your bedroom is about you and connecting with your partner and pictures of family members isn't that welcoming and sexy. So keep them in your living spaces.
REMEMBER THAT LIGHTING IS KEY
Light brings clarity, brilliance, and activity to all areas of your being. One particular type of lighting that is good in Feng shui is up lighting, especially if someone is depressed. It adds more warmth to an interior.
Candles are also good as they create another level of intimacy that can't be achieved with other lighting options.
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