I know someone who can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. She could curl
up near a train track and keep snoozing as the trains roll by. I, on the other hand, have been an insomniac all of my life. My mother used to say that I was like the princess in The Princess and the Pea because it was so difficult for me to sleep. Those who’ve had periodic or chronic sleeplessness know how frustrating it is to go night after night tossing and turning, only to feel exhausted the next day.
Feng Shui is an ancient system of environmental design that strives to create spaces that feel both nurturing and comfortable. When it comes to the bedroom, feng shui offers a great deal of dos and don’ts for a better night’s sleep. Let’s
take a look at five of them and see if they can offer you an opportunity to get
Bed positioning is crucial to a good night’s
sleep. Ideally, the bed is placed so the head of the bed sits against a solid
wall and there’s a clear view of the door without being directly in line with
it. The figure here illustrates the best position for a bed. This bed position allows you to relax a bit more because you can see who’s entering the room, giving you an extra second or two to respond if necessary.
I know this sounds funny, but it is amazing how many adults I meet with that are sleeping either on a mattress on the floor, or simply have their bed shoved up against the wall with no bedframe or headboard. One of the basic rules in Feng Shui is to protect your back. This is especially true while we are sleeping. A bed frame with a significant headboard feels much more protected than a mattress that is pushed up against a wall. Feng Shui suggests a solid wood or upholstered head board with no holes or slats in the head board. Having something solid and significant behind your head while sleeping really does feel more restful. Yes, I know the wall is right there, but trust me, a head board and bed frame really does lend a significant difference to your sleeping experience.
Bedrooms should feel cozy and comfortable. Rooms
containing a lot of smooth, shiny surfaces (such as glass tables and wood or tile flooring) need texture to warm them up. Plush carpet, area rugs, drapes, comforters and pillows will add a feeling of softness to the room while creating an environment that is more conducive to rest. Alternatively, tan,
brown, flesh tones, and earthy colors will create a softer, cozier feeling than
cool colors like blue and white.
Artwork in the bedroom should be considered very carefully—it’s the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. Science has proven that the brain waves and subconscious mind are most susceptible to suggestion right before we go to sleep and right after we wake up. When choosing artwork for the master bedroom, choose serene, positive images. To strengthen partnerships, it’s best to choose artwork that depicts people or objects in pairs. For romance, try to avoid pictures with strong religious overtones or familiar people—friends, children, or parents. For some, items like these displayed in the bedroom are “mood breakers” for many people.
Bedrooms are places for rest, relaxation and
connecting with our partners. Placing items used for activities such as
exercise and work in the bedroom can make it difficult to relax. Exercise
equipment (such as treadmills and rowing machines) can add up to a nightly
guilt trip and amplify negative body-image issues, and work-related items can make it difficult to turn off from work in the evenings and to wake up relaxed in the morning. Find a better location for these items for a more restful night’s sleep.
If you and your partner can drop off to sleep anytime, any where, consider yourself very fortunate! For the rest of us, feng shui may offer simple solutions to help our bedrooms become places to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.
For more bedroom tips and great feng shui information, pick up a copy of Cathleen McCandless’s best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home that Feels as Good as it Looks
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