In the quest for a good night's sleep, many of us explore various strategies, from changing our mattresses to adjusting our bedtime routines. But have you ever considered the ancient practice of Feng Shui as a means to encourage harmony between your life and your environment?
It can help you sleep better, say experts.
“The art of Feng Shui helps align and harmonize all the energies in the house, and as a result affects all those in the house, creating a balanced environment. When we feel aligned we are calmer, work more efficiently, have better moods, and can rest more effectively," says Inbaal Honigman, Feng Shui expert.
According to Feng Shui philosophy, the way we present our home can reflect either positive or negative energy, which, in turn, can influence the quality of our rest. In collaboration with Feng Shui experts, Mattress Online has uncovered key Feng Shui methods that may help improve your sleep.
- Balance Your Furniture: Furniture choices can significantly impact the balance and harmony in your bedroom. According to Suzanne Roynon, it's essential to keep furniture items, such as bedside tables and lamps, of matching sizes. Mismatched items may create a sense of inequality and instability, potentially affecting your daily life and relationships.
- Promote Air Flow: Adequate ventilation is crucial for a comfortable sleep environment. To prevent heat and snoring-related disruptions, increase the flow of fresh air and oxygen through your room. Open doors and windows elsewhere in the house to encourage free air circulation, as recommended by Suzanne Roynon.
- Bed Placement: Suzanne Roynon suggests positioning your bed opposite the door but at an angle, creating a diagonal between the door and the bed. This arrangement, along with a sturdy headboard, provides a sense of safety and security, helping you avoid feelings of vulnerability.
- Declutter for Positive 'Chi': Feng Shui involves maintaining a smooth circulation of positive 'Chi' or life-enhancing energy. Dust and clutter can signify energy stagnation, negatively impacting your well-being. Suzanne Roynon emphasizes the importance of decluttering your bedroom, clearing surfaces, and removing unwanted items to improve sleep quality.
- Choose Soothing Colors and Lighting: Opt for calming colors on your bedroom walls, such as earth tones, pastels, or soft blues and greens. These colors create a tranquil atmosphere and promote relaxation. Avoid using bright, stimulating colors that can disrupt your sleep. Additionally, consider softer ambient lighting to create a cozy and peaceful ambiance.
- Harmonious Artwork and Decor: Art and decorations in your bedroom can subconsciously affect your rest. Choose artwork and decor that evoke serenity, balance, and harmony, as recommended by Denise O'Dwyer. Avoid excessive or bold decorations and images of water, as these can create imbalance.
- Avoid Heavy Fixtures: Sleeping under heavy beams or ceiling fixtures may give you a sense of increased pressure, making it challenging to relax. Denise O'Dwyer advises against sleeping beneath such fixtures for a more restful sleep experience.
- Mirror-Free Zone: Feng Shui experts suggest removing mirrors from your bedroom. If this isn't possible, opt for wardrobes with built-in mirrors. Mirrors that reflect you or your bed can cause restlessness and disturb your sleep, according to Janine Lowe.