Feng Shui, basically speaking, is a practice of arranging items in a room to balance the natural flow of energy and promote better fortune for those living in the space. It’s an ancient art dating back more than 3,000 years and it native to China.
It’s a fascinating practice, and although not widely embraced in the Western world it has some practical applications and can make a difference to your wellbeing. If you’re struggling to sleep well it’s certainly a natural solution to try with no drawbacks to see if it’ll help.
I made some changes to the arrangement in my bedroom some time ago based on feng shui and noticed an improvement in my sleep as well feeling less cluttered. Here are some bedroom feng shui tips to help you sleep better and have a more organized bedroom space.
- Bedroom Feng Shui Tips for Better Sleeping
- Position Your Beds Headboard against a Wall
- Don’t Place the Head of Your Bed below a Window
- Don’t Sleep under Slanted Ceilings
- Your Bed Should Face the Doorway
- Don’t Mix Work with Sleep and Relaxation
- Don’t Place Your Bed underneath Beams or Fittings
- Remove Any Bulky Furniture Items from near Your Bed
- Disconnect from Electrical Items in Bed
- Use Soft Colors for Your Bedroom Decor
- Use Total Blackout Curtains or Blinds
- Close All Doors in Your Bedroom
- Final Thoughts
Bedroom Feng Shui Tips for Better Sleeping
Position Your Beds Headboard against a Wall
Most of us will already sleep with our bed’s headboard or the head of our bed against a wall. This isn’t a coincidence, it’s actually quite intuitive to do this as it helps us feel more secure.
It also means nothing can pass by our heads in the night. If the head of your bed is not flat against the wall then move it so it is, this is an important feng shui choice.
Don’t Place the Head of Your Bed below a Window
Along with placing the head of your bed against the wall, it’s very important not to be directly underneath a window. It’s believed that chi entering through the window will disrupt your sleep.
There are also some practical reasons to this too. You’re more likely to hear noise and be disturbed, the breeze from an open window can be uncomfortable, and you may have sunlight directly on your face.
Don’t Sleep under Slanted Ceilings
If you have any say in the matter, don’t sleep underneath slanted ceilings. They are commonly found in loft conversions, extensions, and places that were not meant to be used as a bedroom, like under the stairs.
The lower ceiling and slanted angle will make you feel more trapped and like you have less room to breathe properly. Not to mention you might bang your head now and then!
Your Bed Should Face the Doorway
Situate your bed on the opposite wall to your door into the room. This is good practice and adds to your feeling of security as you can just look up to see if someone comes into the room.
The door is a pathway for energy to flow into and around your room. Even if your sleep you’ll feel more secure knowing your facing anyone coming in and it will result in better sleep.
Don’t Mix Work with Sleep and Relaxation
The bedroom is for relaxing and sleeping. Feng Shui tutors preach that any work-related furniture and items in your room. This means desks, files, computers, etc.
If you live in a tiny apartment separate part of the room with a temporary wall or curtain, and try to hide all evidence of work while you’re sleeping. Work related stress is bad chi when you’re sleeping.
Don’t Place Your Bed underneath Beams or Fittings
When you look up from laying on your bed there should be nothing directly above your head. Seeing an object there can be uneasy and make you wonder if it’s going to fall onto you raising your anxiety.
Beams have the added effect of dividing the space in the room with a line. This is bad for the flow of energy and should be avoided.
Remove Any Bulky Furniture Items from near Your Bed
If you have a large wardrobe bearing down on you, you’ll feel trapped and more anxious about space. This also goes for unnecessarily large bedsteads, bookcases, and other furniture, you should have plenty of space around your bed.
You don’t need to live a minimalist lifestyle by any means. It’s more about living comfortably in what space you have and keeping items away from your bed so you can keep this area for peaceful sleeping.
Disconnect from Electrical Items in Bed
This is going to be the hardest one for most people. Who is guilty of checking their phone last thing at night and first thing in the morning? As well as checking it throughout the night too in some people’s cases.
The light from your phone and being disturbed by it is bad for your health if it’s disturbing your sleep. If you get into the habit of leaving your phone outside of your bedroom you’ll be healthier for it, I guarantee you.
Use Soft Colors for Your Bedroom Decor
If you use bright colors like pink, yellow, light green, etc, in your bedroom decor then it’s going to affect the feng shui of your room and stimulate your brain. This will have a negative effect on how effectively you wind down and sleep.
Softer colors don’t need to be boring. There are endless awesome bedroom decor and design ideas using calming colors and observing good feng shui to give you the best possible sleep.
Use Total Blackout Curtains or Blinds
If you want quality sleep and to improve the feng shui of your bedroom you need to use total blackout blinds or curtains to shut out all the light while you’re sleeping. If you’ve never used these you will be surprised how effective they are.
Once sunlight has hit your eyes in the morning it has an effect on your internal body clock and you will find it more difficult to get back to sleep.
Close All Doors in Your Bedroom
Closing all the doors will add to how secure you feel while sleeping. If you have an ensuite it’s important for feng shui to keep this room separate. Also, wardrobe and dresser drawers and doors should be closed, as should the main entrance into the bedroom.
There are several benefits to keeping the doors closed. You won’t have that feeling of, ‘did someone just come in’ without hearing the door open. Any noise outside your room will be lessened, and you’ll feel more private and secure.
Whether you believe in feng shui directly or not, all the points raised in this article will help you sleep better. Feng shui and the flow of chi is around us at all times. It doesn’t do any harm to try and improve the feng shui in your bedroom, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep has a wide range of negative health effects. Being able to make small adjustments as highlighted in this article for a natural and effective way to improve your sleep might be exactly what you’re missing.