You may have seen that we recently grilled designers on their favorite interior hacks for a better night’s sleep, but what if after all that you’re still struggling to get your eight hours of shut eye? Well before you hit the Xanax, there is one other thing you could try – feng shui. Ahead, here is everything you need to know about ‘feng shui-ing’ your way to good sleep.
What is Feng Shui Anyway?
Good fortune here can include anything from good health, wealth and – you guessed it – a good night’s sleep. As Feng Shui Guru, Bette Steflik notes, “the ‘logic’ behind feng shui is basically that you are setting your intention in your environment. After that your environment is ‘set’ to your goal, like a good night’s sleep.” Feng shui in the bedroom is all about promoting a harmonious flow of nourishing energy which will help heal and support your personal energy.
How Can I Use Feng Shui in My Bedroom?
Achieving good chi in the bedroom is actually a lot easier than you might think. In most cases, it’s just a matter of rearranging what you already have.
A central theme of feng shui when it comes to the bedroom is the bed positioning. Generally speaking, the bed should be positioned as far away from the door as possible, or on a diagonal slant away from the entrance. Avoid sleeping with your feet facing the door, or placing your bed in line with the door – in Chinese culture this is known as the coffin position and can have a potentially detrimental effect on your health. To reduce worry and stress, it’s also advisable to ensure you’re not sleeping with the bed on the door wall.
While we’re on the topic of beds, Feng Shui Practioner, Adam Jon, emphasizes the need for a strong wood or upholstered headboard. Headboards are considered good feng shui because they provide additional strength and support behind your head. On the other hand, footboards are seen as blocking forward progress in life. Yikes!
If there’s one thing you should know about feng shui, it’s that the concept is all about balance. One simple way to improve the balance in your space is to start with the symmetry of your bed. You want to make sure that you have two bedside tables – one at either side. Also, try and ensure that the position of your bedding is equal (e.g. have the same number of pillows and cushions at either side).
Much like our interior design experts advised, feng shui too says electronics in the bedroom is a big no no. The idea here is to eliminate all distractions that may divert your mind from rest.
After purging your electronics, it’s time to declutter the rest of your space. Remove anything unnecessary, such as magazines or unread books. Steflik also suggests taking out the desk if you have one, or at least disguising it come nightfall. The idea here is that clutter represents unfinished business, which will in turn keep the mind restless all night long. It’s also important to remove any clutter from underneath the bed; leaving a gap underneath the bed allows energy to flow uninterrupted through the bedroom for a more relaxing night’s sleep.