Your bedroom is not only your sanctuary. It’s your retreat from the world, your place of rest – it’s the one room where you spend most of your time. And with everything going on during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re practically spending all your time indoors. With kids being home from school and with everyone required to work from home, areas like kitchens – and even bedrooms – are being transformed into classrooms and home offices. Being cooped up in the house and spending all this time indoors may bring stress levels to an all-time high, and you may be struggling to maintain your sleep sanctuary as well. However, there is a way to get quality sleep during stressful times like these, and that is with feng shui.
Feng shui shows us how, with just a few simple adjustments, the energy in the bedroom can work for you to achieve better sleep.
When it comes to both size of the bedroom, and size of the bed, we’re looking for that Goldilocks fit: not too big, not too small, but just right! We are at our most vulnerable when we are asleep. If the room is too big, it can be difficult for us to fully relax enough to sleep soundly. This feeling of needing to be on alert is a survival instinct from way back when. If the room is too small, we can feel cramped, or trapped like we’re in a prison cell.
If you’re looking to upgrade your mattress (and if so, we currently recommend searching online), there are a few things to keep in mind:
- A twin-size bed is generally too small for an average-sized adult to feel comfortable in. Most colleges provide XL twin mattresses in their dormitories for this reason.
- A full-size or queen-size bed is usually a good fit for most adults.
- Most couples are happy with a queen mattress. If you prefer a king, look for one that does not have split box springs under the mattress, so as not to create disharmony in your relationship, according to feng shui.
The Command Center
Feng shui says that the bed should be placed in a “commanding position” in the bedroom. When you are lying in bed, you should be able to see the door in front of you so that you have a feeling of safety and stability – you can easily see when someone or something enters your space. The wall opposite the door is the best place to position the bed. At the same time, you do not want to be directly in front of the door. The head of the bed should be placed against a wall, and there should be a headboard to stabilize the bed’s position in the room. Ideally there should be equal space on either side of the bed so each person can get in and out easily, and the room feels balanced. You also want to have access to turning on the light quickly and easily.
When rearranging your room, avoid putting the head of the bed under a window. Windows represent the gateway from the bedroom to the outside world. Having your head right under a window affects sleep from all the energy that comes from the outside – including noise, light, wind, scents and shadows. When you sense something unfamiliar, that survival instinct kicks in and you wake up, and it can be difficult to fall back asleep.
It is important that energy be allowed to circulate freely throughout the room, and around and under the bed. For this reason, clutter should be kept to a minimum. The bed should be elevated off the floor on a frame or a platform, not placed directly on the floor. Don’t store boxes, books or shoes under the bed; leave that space open for air to flow through. Don’t overcrowd the room with furniture, and as much as it may be difficult, keep any work-related or exercise-related items out of the bedroom.
Although it might be a challenge right now, try to maintain a clean and organized bedroom as best as you can. A room like this helps you to feel more relaxed, and that is good preparation for sleep.
When it comes to new décor, shop online for colors that are soothing and relaxing. Nature’s colors – blues, greens and browns – are ideal. Think of the sky, a field of trees, a beautiful meadow: this is the feeling you want to evoke. Warm colors signify activity and are energizing, so avoid colors like bright reds, pinks and oranges. If you like those tones, go for muted versions such as peach, maroon or lavender.
For wall décor, add artwork that makes you feel happy. A beautiful floral design is more likely to make you feel relaxed than a painting of a shipwreck, for example. Think about what you see when you first wake up in the morning and how you want it to make you feel.
It is always best to keep electronics out of the bedroom, but if you insist on having a TV in the room, consider keeping it in a media cabinet behind closed doors. You can also cover it with a pretty blanket or piece of fabric when not in use. This way you don’t have a big black void taking up valuable space in the room.
Lighting should be set on dimmers wherever possible, so you can control the light in the room and have options for how much you need during any time of day.
Comfort is Key
Feng shui recognizes how important it is that the bedroom be a comfortable place to rest. The room needs to be cool – between 65 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is good. The room should also have good window treatments to block out light from outside. Most importantly, your mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Invest in the best mattress you can afford. And make sure your mattress continues to support you with time. Mattresses generally need to be replaced at least every 7 years, so keep checking to make sure your mattress is in good shape.
Bedding is also important. Pure cotton is best, as it breathes. A standard rule of thumb is that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets. Blankets should also be soft and cozy. And don’t go crazy with the pillows! Beds with too many decorative pillows can feel cluttered and crowded. You need one great pillow to actually sleep on – one that works for your preferred sleep position.
A good night’s sleep prepares us for a good day’s activity. When we implement some of these feng shui strategies in the bedroom, it helps us to have good energy, too!
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