Feng Shui for Better Sleep.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of balancing the energy of a space in order to bring health, luck and prosperity to the people who inhabit it.

Feng means wind and shui means water and these 2 elements are thought to be associated with health and fortune.  The Chinese Taoists believe that nature is alive and filled with energy (or Chi) so correct channelling of the energy is essential.

Will Feng Shui help you sleep?  

Well, it’s said that good Feng Shui harmonises the flow of calming and sensual energy, meaning that you’ll feel more relaxed and potentially more open to intimate relations with your bed partner.  A good Feng Shui bedroom is one that welcomes you in and makes you feel aroused and relaxed at the same time!

The positioning of your bedroom furniture will be the start of this and to achieve a good flow of calming and nourishing energy in the bedroom there are a few simple rules to follow.  Many of these have a good grounding in common sense too.

  1. Remove the TV/DVD player/computer/exercise equiptment etc from the bedroom.  This is something we’ve talked about before in our general tips on having a better night’s sleep and makes complete practical sense in that TV programs, exercise and computer/work-related things often make you more wakeful.  As far as Feng Shui is concerned, the bedroom’s energy is destroyed by these items and reducing the over all number of electrical items in the room is said to aid sleep.
  2. Open the window or use a good air purifier to improve the quality of the air in your bedroom.   Opinion is divided on whether plants give good Feng Shui in the bedroom, but it would make sense that bringing nature into the room will do no harm.
  3. Use candles and essential oils.  Relaxing essential oils such as lavender will help to clear the air of any smells that make you wrinkle your nose (which in turn won’t make you feel welcome and relaxed while in the room).  Light is our most basic waking association so dim lights using low wattage bulbs will help to create a relaxed feel.  Try soy candles which have fewer pollutants when they burn.  If you’re using candles, for safety don’t leave them unattended or near draperies.
  4. Colour is another vital ingredient in the Feng Shui bedroom.  ‘Skin’ colours are thought to be best, so look for creams, beige, nut-browns though to rich chocolate-brown.
  5. The pictures and images you choose should reflect scenes you want to see happening in your life, while at the same time be relaxing and peaceful.

The bed and bed positioning for good bedroom Feng Shui.

The positioning of the bed is the next thing to think about as it has the most intimate connection to your personal energy.  While you may not have a lot of choice if the room is small or has windows/doors/plugs etc strategically positioned, here are some ideas.

General Feng Shui rules say that the bed should:

  • Not be in direct line with the door but diagonally from the door so that you can see it.  Also consider the position of the bed and other doors – en suite bathrooms, patio doors etc.
  • Be accessible from both sides.
  • Have a bedside table on each side.  Both these points offer good Feng Shui balance.
  • Have a good mattress and solid bedstead and headboard.  Having a solid headboard helps the head ‘repair’ and make sense of the day as you sleep – it needs a good backing and good support while it does this.  Solid wood headboards are considered good Feng Shui, otherwise an upholstered board that offers of solid support but also soft, gentle supporting energy.
  • There should also be a solid supporting wall behind the head of the bed.
  • The bed should be covered in sheets and coverings made from natural fibres.  Look here for our duvet guide.
  • A good mattress is an obvious choice for better sleep (there’s advice here) and Feng Shui advises against a used mattress.
  • The bed should also be a good height to allow the flow of energy under and around the bed.  Therefore it’s not considered good Feng Shui to use beds with built-in storage areas, such as divan beds.
  • There should be no sharp angles (from furniture etc) pointing at you as you sleep.
  • Don’t have a mirror facing the bed.
  • Avoid having wind chimes, lights or ceiling fans directly above the bed.

Whether Feng Shui is something you take to heart or something you’re willing to try in order to sleep better, these tips won’t do any harm and will help you to give considerable thought to your sleeping environment.  That in itself will help you to find a calmer atmosphere in which to lay your head at night.

Elspeth Raisbeck

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