March the 19th Marks World Sleep Day. With the slogan for this year being ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.’ With a focus on the benefits that regular sleep offers, better mood, better psychomotor performance and academic achievement. It is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life. So how can we use the power of Feng Shui in the bedroom to create a nurturing sleeping space
When a bedroom has good Feng Shui, the nervous system can relax.
Transform your bedroom into a place of safety, love and warmth by using warm, rich earth tone. Such as copper, coral, cream, peach, tan and cocoa to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere in your bedroom. Lighter shades of pastel blues, greens and lavenders also enhance the quiet, tranquil vibes and invite healing energy. Avoid harsh bright colours. Colours like bright red, blue, green and too much white, can potentially diminish the intimate, sensual energy and are considered overpowering for bedrooms. Therefore they are best used for accent decor. Choosing the wrong colours can absolutely disturb the nurturing energy you need to sleep well.
Your energy needs extra protection while you sleep
Place your bed against a wall with a solid headboard to support you. Or at least towards a wall with a closed window that doesn’t have a draft. Positioning your bed in this way will reduce the movement of energy above your head so that you will have a restful night’s sleep. Avoid putting your bed underneath a window. When a bed is under a window, the feng shui energy is very weak. On a more complex level, people who sleep under a window are prone to feelings of sadness or weakness and are more likely to feel a lack of support in life.
Ensure you can walk around both sides of your bed and that it’s the focal point of the room. It goes without saying that your bed should be an epitome of alluring comfort and be a place you feel at complete peace.
Create balance by placing things in pairs or equal measure. Pictures, lamps and side tables should be placed in pairs to promote equality and partnership. Balance is something you can feel and this is symbolic of creating equal space for both you and your partner in the bedroom. It can also be aesthetically pleasing.
Adding an area rug near your bed is a great way to help ground the energy when sleeping and create a balance between yin (soft textures) and yang (hard surfaces). Having two smaller rugs on each side can achieve a similar effect without the costly price tag.
Let your bedroom breathe by opening your windows.\
During the daytime allow the daylight and fresh breeze to purify your room in preparation for the time you’ll spend re-energising your body overnight.
Unplug technology to reduce the ‘electro-stress’ in your bedroom. Do whatever possible to remove anything electrical such as your computer, mobile phone, TV. The electrical magnetic fields can cause health and sleep problems. The bedroom should be reserved for sleeping and connecting with your partner, not your electronics.
Whilst mirrors are great for expanding and redirecting energy in other areas of your home. They can be over-stimulating in the bedroom. Since the purpose of a mirror is to reflect and move energy around, they can promote restlessness and disrupt your sleep. If you must have a mirror, make sure it is not reflecting the bed or directly across from the door.
Declutter. Donate or throw away anything in your bedroom that you no longer need or desire. If something is broken, fix it or bin it immediately. Everything in your bedroom should enhance the feelings of love and relaxation. The energy surrounding your bed should be able to flow freely, this is a crucial Feng Shui principle.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary of relaxation and a haven to fall and stay asleep all night long.
The key to achieving serenity in the bedroom using Feng Shui can be enhanced by:
Investing in subtle lighting. Lighting in the bedroom is very important. You might also try candlelight (pairs of candles) if you really want to increase the serenity of your bedroom.
Investing in quality bedding. Opt for a supportive mattress, sturdy bed frame, and soft sheets to ensure you’re getting the best sleep you can! Soft bedding and luxurious blankets bring the yin quality of your bedroom to life. If it feels amazing, you’ll feel amazing too.
By incorporating these simple Feng Shui concepts into the way you decorate and arrange your bedroom you will produce the peaceful ambience you seek and improve your sleep.