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Feng Shui Your Bedroom to Promote Good Sleep

Having Trouble Sleeping? Try Feng Shui

Do you have a hard time falling or staying asleep? Do you wake up in the morning feeling uneasy or irritated? It may have to do with the Feng Shui in your bedroom. Feng Shui, which literally means "wind and water," is the ancient Chinese art of placement. The goal is to enhance the flow of "chi" (energy) and to create a harmonious environment that supports health and happiness.

Here are some basic Feng Shui tips to hep you get a better night's sleep:

  • Shut out the outside world by removing the TV, computer, and exercise equipment. The bedroom is your place of serenity, where you need to get away from the stresses of life, so if your desk or office must be in the bedroom, separate the space with a curtain or folding screen.
  • Use calm and friendly earth tones such as copper, cream, tan and chocolate to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Light blue, mint green and lavender will give a tranquil feeling and invite healing energy. Vibrant colors such as red and bright orange stimulate the mind, so this may not be the best color for your bedroom.
  • Your bed should be in the commanding position. This means it should be far away from the door, but you should still be able to see the entrance. This will give you a sense of safety and protection. You also don't want the foot of your bed to be pointing towards the door. In traditional Chinese culture, this is called the "Death Position," and thought to drain life force energy since the deceased were carried out feet first.
  • There should be room on either side of the bed so it is approachable from both sides and energy can flow around you freely.

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  • Try not to put your bed under a slanted ceiling, heavy beam or ceiling fan. This position is thought to contain depressing energy that literally pushes down on you while you sleep. If you can't avoid this position, hang tapestries or other fabric above the bed.
  • Also avoid positioning your bed directly under a window. A solid wall symbolically can support and protect you, while glass allows energy to flow in and out of the window, which may cause restless sleep. Solid headboards are great since they'll provide even more protection and support while you sleep. Footboards on the other hand block forward progress in life and are only recommended if your bed has to point towards the door.
  • Reduce clutter in your bedroom, under your bed, in your closet, and on your night stand. Clutter represents unfinished business, which can disturb your sleep.
  • Cover windows with curtains so that you can have a cocoon-like feeling at night, and they'll keep the sunlight out in the morning. Being exposed to sunlight first thing in the morning is said to influence your serotonin levels and affect you for the rest of the day. Once you're ready to wake up, you can easily pull the curtains open and flood your room with natural light.
  • Make sure not to hang a mirror next to or opposite the bed as this is thought to bounce too much energy around the room and prevent restful sleep.
  • Hang up art that exudes happiness and calm energy.

You obviously don't have to do all these things, but as long as you can walk into your bedroom and feel relaxed and comforted, then you're on your way to a good night's sleep.


tenfeng tenfeng 9 years
This is in response to tidalwave. I think what you are implying is that Feng Shui only works with placebo effect. Where's your proof? You can't disprove something just by stating there is no proof, this is not in fact very scientific of you. And did you know that science uses placebo's effectively at times! Just food for thought :) I think though that you come closer to the truth with the comment about multiple feng shui consultants coming up with different ideas for the same place. However, I think it has also been shown that multiple Dentists will come up with different treatment plans for the same patient too. It happens across many professions. Will you now stop going to the dentist? And are all dentists therefore wrong? In my experience, feng shui is best applied in relation to the persons energy that lives there. The best way to do this is in fact to learn to assess this energy directly or indeed do it yourself so it is personal to you. A great text that introduces one to energy testing specifically in regards to feng shui is called Hidden Secrets of Real Health. It focuses first and foremost on Health energy as this is commonly seen as the most important energy to start with and build on. It's certainly helped me a lot and I grew up as a pro science skeptic to the Nth degree. You can read more about it here: You never know, maybe it will work for you too :)
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
well my bed is in the death position n i broke the mirror rule lol
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Some interesting ideas. Working out, a relaxing bath in epsom salts, a nightly cup of Sleepytime tea, cozy sheets and going to bed at the same time seem to do wonders too.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
Too bad my bedroom is so small! My only options for fitting my bed are to put it under a window AND push one side against the wall.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Feng Shui doesn't really work. I mean i'm sure you will say it does because mentally you are making it work that way. But it is by no means "a science". You can have multiple feng shui experts in your house and they will all rearrange your furniture in a different way claiming different things. i.e. one will say to put the couch under the mirror for bring balance into the room, another might say that is awful positioning and will bring bad luck. i understand if decorators disagree on color schemes, but for something that is supposed to be universal, i just can't believe it
azduring13 azduring13 9 years
I really need to feng shui in my life... but my room is so small there are not too many places my bed can go.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
I have a friend who is very much into Feng Shui.... so much so that she consults businesses about how to arrange their offices. Anyhooo I don't do all of these things but I do follow the bed positioning thing. My friend had me creeped out from the get go when she told me that "feet first towards the door is how dead bodies go out." I follow that one!
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
Wow, I could never fix those things in my matchbox of a room!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
I've been working on updating and decorating my bedroom, and this definitely helps! I've beeen trying to figure out the best way to create a restful, peaceful environment for myself.
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