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Can Feng Shui Help You to Better Sleep?

Updated on August 2, 2016

Feng shui is the ancient oriental art of balancing energies. The theory is that if we can balance the energy in a place then we will have better luck, health and prosperity.

Chinese Taoists believe that everything has energy – positive and negative energy, or Chi – so channelling it correctly plays an important part in our wellbeing.

What can feng shui do for our bedrooms? Better sleep and therefore better health would be one of the answers the Taoist would give, as well as more agreeable relations in the bedroom because good feng shui harmonises the calming and sensual energy flow. Here we’re going to look at some of the thoughts feng shui enthusiasts have for getting the most out of the energy in your bedroom.

5 Steps for Good Bedroom Feng Shui.

  1. Remove the DVD player, TV, computer etc from the bedroom. This is something we talked about in the hub 7 Steps to a Bedroom Designed for Better Sleep because watching TV etc are waking activities. For feng shui, these and other electrical items destroy good energy, so removing as many of them as possible should improve this.
  2. Improve the quality of the air in your bedroom by opening windows or getting a good quality air purifier. Some say that the addition of plants to the bedroom gives more good energy and others say that they don’t, so there is no clarity on that point.
  3. Candles and essential oils will also help the atmosphere in the air. Welcoming and relaxing smell in a room will make it a place you want to be in. In the same way, get the lighting just right in the bedroom. Feng shui says that light is our most basic association with being awake so make the lighting dim using low watt light bulbs. Soy candles burn with a lower pollutant level so consider these but never leave unattended or near draperies.
  4. ‘Skin’ coloured tones are thought to be the best shades for walls and fabrics in the bedroom. Look for neutral colours from cream to chocolate.
  5. Choose relaxing and peaceful pictures for the walls of your bedroom.

Where Should The Bed Be Placed For Good Feng Shui?

The bed is said to be your most intimate connection to your personal energy so there are some feng shui rules about bed placement in the room.

  • · The bed shouldn’t be in direct line with the door, but set diagonally from it. You should be able to see the door. Look at the bed placement in conjunction with other doors, such as the en suit or a walk-in closet.
  • · The bed should be accessible from both sides.
  • · Place a bed table at each side to give balance.
  • · Make sure your mattress and bed are sound and good quality (good sense if you’re having problems sleeping) and place a solid headboard against a solid wall. This helps your head ‘repair’ as you sleep, making sense of your day. Having the bed head against the wall means it has support to help achieve this.
  • · Use sheets, pillow cases and bed covers made from natural fibres. There is a good duvet guide here.
  • · Feng shui advises that the bed is space under the bed for energy to flow. A free-standing bedstead is best, so not storage beds or divan beds.
  • · Try to avoid sharp angles from furniture etc pointing at you as you sleep.
  • · Don’t have a mirror facing the bed.

Feng shui is a fascinating topic and whether it’s something you are willing to try for the sake of better sleep or something you take very seriously, it can do no harm and many of the principles for good bedroom feng shui are grounded in common sense.

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