You know I’ve never been much of an interior decorator, which may surprise many since I have a career in the sleep industry. I never quite grasped the idea of selecting particular pieces of furniture and creating an aesthetically pleasing arrangement, and I give major props to those that can do it. It really is a talent. However, since I used to live in East Asia, I did become aware of Feng Shui and how it can turn your sleepless nights into some of the deepest sleep you’ve yet to experience. What is Feng Shui, you ask? Well my dear, I’m more than happy to explain.
The Ancient Practice of Feng Shui
The word “Feng Shui” is made up of two Chinese characters, wind and water. Combined, these two words mean fortune and good health. You can think of Feng Shui as the flow of energy and balance in all things. Although Feng Shui ranges from astrology, philosophy, astronomy, and even physics, we will be concentrated on the home design elements of the 3,000-year-old practice. The concept of Yin and Yang is also closely aligned with Feng Shui, bringing good sources of energy and success to individuals.
Put simply, Feng Shui is the art of positioning. Observers take into account the positioning of objects in the room and the individual within the space. The location of each object can affect your experience inside the room and can be optimized, for say, avoiding negative vibes. Feng Shui can even be used to increase the bond between two people and help them fall in love (Ooo lala). There are a multitude of ways Feng Shui can be used to create the ideal environment for a variety of occasions, but we came here for sleep talk.
Taking Feng Shui to Bed
Even if you are a person that isn’t really into “new age” practices like yoga, meditation, etc., you may find that Feng Shui is really a common-sense checklist. Here are the basics:
- Take Two: Create balance in your bedroom by having two of everything (minus the mattress). This includes two lamps, two nightstands, two dressers, two wardrobes etc. Think of it as creating a mirror image. The left side of the room should be exactly the same as the right side. This creates cohesion and order to the design and leaves the viewer with a calm, relaxed feeling.
- No Mess, No Stress: Probably the most obvious common-sense tip, having a clean bedroom will give the viewer a feeling of serenity. Make sure to give away or throw away any old clothes or items that you aren’t ever going to wear again. Use the space wisely like packing things neatly away under your bed or in your closet. Don’t go to sleep with a mess. Do a quick organization of things before laying your head down on the pillow. It’s amazing how rapidly your mind will begin to calm itself.
- Eliminate Electronics: We usually have to say this to our kids, but adults are often culprits of using phones, TVs, laptops, etc. in their bedroom before sleeping. Use this simple rule of thumb: if it symbolizes wakefulness then it should not be in the bedroom. That includes all things that remind you of work, socialization, and being energetic. The bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation, so try your best to keep it that way.
Concentrating on Color
Colors can represent a variety of different emotions and ideas that can affect a person’s sleep even if they are unaware. Colors like reds and purples will stimulate the individual and can result in poor sleep overall. We suggest colors like blues, yellows, greens, silvers, pinks, and oranges. Blue is our number one pick since it is associated with calming sensations and tranquility. Yellow symbolizes happiness and cheerfulness, taking second place. Green correlates to nature and can imbue the sleeper with a feeling of positivity and peacefulness. Silver is hot but grey is not; be careful with this one.
Rule number one for mattress Feng Shui: you should be able to see the door while in bed, but the door should not be directly in front of the bed. This will increase the feeling of safety for the sleeper and help the flow of energy. The head of the mattress should also not be underneath a window, but it should be touching a wall. It is also recommended that your mattress shouldn’t be directly underneath a fan or an ornamental beam. These issues can disrupt the flow of energy and leave the sleeper with a restless night’s sleep. Feng Shui also encourages each individual to have the same amount of space on each side of the mattress, but good luck with that one (wink wink).
That will conclude our introductory course on sleep Feng Shui. There are so many other details that we could get into since the practice is literally thousands of years old. If there is enough interest on the subject, we could do a follow up article with more Feng Shui tips. Let us know if this topic has you curious for more!