Are your sleepless nights still a complete mystery? If you’re tossing and turning at night then the main problem might not be your bed and mattress, bedroom furniture, and wall décor themselves—but instead where they’re positioned in the room.
Even themes and color schemes you’re using might be creating energy levels that are preventing you from getting a full night’s sleep. The ancient system of feng shui might be the perfect solution.
What is Feng Shui?
While you might hear interior designers use the term “feng shui” it’s not just a buzzword. In fact, it’s a Chinese philosophy that dates back to ancient times.
An Art and Science
Feng shui is an ancient art and science that was created in China more than 3,000 years ago. The term literally translates into wind (feng) and water (shui). These natural substances are linked to good health in traditional Chinese culture. Over time this term took on the meaning ‘good fortune.”
Based on Taoist philosophy the main concept is that land isn’t just an inanimate object. It’s instead alive and filled with energy known as “Chi.”
Feng shui is basically about how humans interact with their environments. So people can make life improvements through designing surroundings in a certain way based on the rules of natural energy flow.
Feng shui’s function is to balance the energy in a particular space such as a bedroom. The ultimate goal is to achieve good health and good fortune for people in their space.
That’s why people clean out stuff under their bed, minimize clutter, and pick a comfy mattress. It’s all to create balance and good vibes.
Here are some helpful tips to create feng shui in your bedroom and get a good night’s sleep:
Tip #1: Pick and Position Furniture Pieces Effectively
This includes different items like:
● Side tables
Room with a Bed
The bed (and mattress) is especially important since the room is named after this furniture piece. Consider a King or Cal King size bed/mattress for extra elbow room.
Based on feng shui principles, you’ll get better energy from headboards made of solid wood or upholstery. This creates more comfort and better vibes.
Meanwhile, avoid headboards that have features like open bars and multiple panels. Beds with built-in drawers or shelves are also a no-go.
You should also go with a comfortable mattress, whether it’s memory foam, latex, or innerspring unit. When selecting a mattress make sure it has features like high comfort, support, and airflow for a more restful environment.
Add eco-friendly mattresses and natural/organic linens to boost your comfort levels. This includes covers, sheets, and pillowcases.
It’s not only important to pick the “right” furniture but then place them in the right place. Here are some helpful tips:
● Place the bed’s headboard in front of a sturdy wall with no walls on either side
● Make sure the head of the bed faces north or east
● Position the bed by a closed window without drafts to reduce chi flow above your head
● Don’t line up the bed with doors since it resembles a coffin being carried away
● Install mirrors in areas that don’t face the bed directly to prevent energy-draining
Besides the furniture’s position, you should also keep all doors and drawers closed when you’re not using them.
Tip #2 Declutter Your Entire Room
The top mission based on ancient art should be to create a bedroom that’s ideal for rest and relaxation. In fact, many sleep experts argue the bedroom should only be used for sleep (and sex). Keep it simple!
This means ditching TVs, computers, and even midnight snacks, while minimizing clutter. It’s also recommended that you remove all electronic devices. A second option is to switch off all gadgets at least one hour before bedtime for more shut-eye.
Less Clutter, More Energy
Decluttering should start with the bed. Make sure to clear out everything from under the bed and give it a good sweep/mop or vacuum. Based on feng shui principles, it’s believed that under-bed clutter can disrupt chi energy flow.
That’s just the start! You should also de-clutter the rest of your room. Make sure there aren’t so many items lying on the floor that it affects the walk space and especially around the bed.
Decluttering the room is still important even if the furniture is positioned properly. The reason is a messy bedroom has a negative effect on energy flow.
Tip #3 Add the Right Light and Air
These are some of the most important elements related to energy flow and sleep quality. Here are some helpful tips:
● Add a dimmer switch that can dim/brighten the room’s lighting gradually
● Add more natural light with windows and doors during the daytime
● Increase airflow with new air-filter, humidifier, and open windows
● Add calming essential oils like lavender using diffuser or spritzer
Tip #4 Add the Right Colors and Designs
When picking Feng Shui color schemes it’s important to add various colors based on your health condition. For example, if you’re healthy then some good options include:
Meanwhile, if you’re low-energy then consider colors like blue or green. Both of these hues create a calming effect and are known as “cool” colors on the light spectrum.
Another approach is to add neutral colors that range from pale white to dark brown. These are better options than most primary colors.
Meanwhile, there are also some colors and designs you should avoid adding to your room to help you doze off faster. Skip bright colors and warm colors like:
Another option to avoid is “busy” patterns since they can be too stimulating right before nodding off.
Tip #5 Add Elements to Create a Happy, Balanced Environment
There are various items to consider besides the bed and mattress:
● Add wall décor that focuses on nature and life
● Minimize mirrors since they cause active (yang) light that delays sleep versus still (yin) energy
● Add an alarm with soft music, chirping birds, Zen chimes, etc.
● Install light curtains or adjustable blinds for better air-flow
● Only add books that you’re reading now in the bedroom
● Add natural elements like potted plants, container of smooth stones, or landscape photo
If you can’t get 40 winks of sleep at night you might just need to make some tweaks to your bedroom furniture, wall décor, or color scheme. Even a well-positioned bed and comfy mattress can help to create more positive energy, better sleep, and good health!