This blog has been taken from Sleep Savvy Magazine – Dated March 6, 2018 – By Lissa Coffey
Follow these strategies recommended by this ancient Chinese science to improve the energy in your bedroom and the quality of your sleep.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science that works with the energy of the earth to make spaces harmonious and peaceful. This energy, or “chi,” when used positively, can strengthen relationships, support health, promote wealth and help you achieve better sleep. With just a few simple adjustments to your bedroom, feng shui shows us how the energy in your bedroom can work for you – even while you sleep. After all, your bedroom not only is your sanctuary, retreat from the world and place of rest, it’s the one room where you spend the most time.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Where the bedroom is located within your home can affect how well you sleep. Feng shui advises to choose a bedroom that is in the back of your home, close to the backyard. This area usually is quieter because front rooms are closer to the street and street noise. With a room near the backyard, you also have more privacy, which makes you feel safer.
If you have a two story home, avoid stationing your bedroom over the garage. Having a room on top of the garage is disruptive to sleep for many reasons: noise, smells, warmer temperatures and even insects. For similar reasons, don’t place your bedroom over the kitchen, particularly the stove. Warmth from the kitchen comes from appliances, and, because heat rises, this will affect the temperature of the room above.
You also want to avoid placing your first-floor bedroom below very active areas. You can imagine how sleep would be affected if you’re hearing laughter, a TV, footsteps or a toilet flushing over your head. Fortunately, apartment buildings and hotels tend to have thick, soundproof flooring so this doesn’t apply in those residences.
When it comes to both the size of the bedroom and the bed, look for that “Goldilocks” fit: not too big, not too small, but just right. We are most vulnerable when we are asleep. If the room is too big, it can be difficult to fully relax enough to sleep soundly. Feeling the need to be on alert is a survival instinct from thousands of years ago. If the room is too small, we can feel cramped or trapped, like we’re in a prison cell.
A twin-size bed generally is too small for the average sized adult to feel comfortable. Most colleges provide twin xl mattresses in dormitories for this reason. A full-size or queen-size bed usually is a good fit for most adults. If you happen to play in the NFL or NBA, you’re going to want a king-size bed for your large frame. Most couples are happy with a queen-size mattress.
THE COMMAND CENTER
Feng shui says the bed should be placed in a commanding position in the bedroom. When you are lying in bed, you should be able to see the door in front of you, which will give you the feeling of safety and stability because you easily can see when someone or something enters your space. The wall opposite the door is the best place to position the bed. At the same time, you do not want to be directly in front of the door.
The head of the bed should be placed against a wall, and there should be a headboard to stabilize the bed’s position in the room. Ideally, there should be equal space on either side of the bed so each person can get in and out easily and the room feels balanced. In the command center, you want to have access to turning on the lights quickly and easily.
COMFORT IS KEY
Fend shui recognizes how important it is for the bedroom to be a comfortable place to rest. The room needs to be cool: a nice 68 degrees Fahrenheit is good. The room also should have good window treatments to block out lights from outside. Most important, your mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Invest in the best mattress you can afford. And make sure your mattress continues to support you with time. Mattresses generally need to be replaced every five to seven years, so frequently check your mattress to make sure it is in good shape.
A good night’s sleep prepares us for a good day’s activity. When we implement some of these feng shui strategies to circulate chi in the bedroom, it helps us to have good energy, too.