Sleep, your Bedroom
and Feng Shui
Sleep, your Bedroom
and Feng Shui
In the current Western world chronic sleep deprivation has become a major issue. Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said sleep deprivation affected “every aspect of our biology” and was widespread in modern society.However, proponents of the ancient Chinese practise of Feng Shui believe that there are simple steps we can all take to improve our chances of having a great night’s sleep.
Feng Shui is about creating an intimate relationship with our living space. It brings us to an understanding of the invisible chi flow constantly in motion throughout our homes and gives us the tools to createenvironmental balance. If the energy of a space feels too hot we need to cool it down. Too sharp we need to soften it up. Moving too fast we need to slow it down.
We want our bedroom to embrace us in an enveloping hug when we walk into it. To be a space that nourishes and replenishes our body, mind and spirit. Bedrooms symbolise our most vulnerable and intimate selves. An ideal bedroom is a sanctuary; a safe space to explore our intimate relationships and enjoy good quality, restorative sleep.
To achieve this we need to tackle the clutter first. Clutter drags us down and reduces our ability to sleep well.Clutter in our bedrooms can specifically impact our health – especially the stuff under our beds. We spend one third of our day in direct contact with where we sleep. During sleep we are deeply relaxed and therefore more absorbent to the heavy energies of our clutter. Clutter is emotional. Ask yourself why you’re keeping something you don’t love. Choose to keep only those things that make your heart sing, you use or absolutely need i.e. they are a legal requirement such as insurance documents. Pick up each item in your bedroom and ask yourself do you love it? Does it make you feel good? Does it raise your energy or lower it? Do you use it? Do you need to keep it for a specific reason?
Keep the area under your bed empty or use to store clean towels and bed linen only.Work related files are best kept out of the bedroom. Similarly domestic related work – often the bedroom becomes the designated ironing room and the unfinished laundry pile becomes the last scene before retiring. If you absolutely have to work in the bedroom buy a screen and use it to shield your work before bed. If the last thing we see before sleep is a pile of unfinished jobs and a long “to-do list” it will create unnecessary stress in our sleeping patterns, and a tendency towards anxiety dreams.
Invite an honest friend over and clear out your wardrobe, give away clothes that looked good on another you. Get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel good when you put it on or anything that doesn’t fit you now. The quickest way to lose weight is to accept yourself fully in this moment exactly as you are and wear clothes that reflect that. Clothes that need attention – buttons missing etc.- put to one side with a timescale and, if they’re not fixed in 3 weeks for example, then they go.
Electrical equipment in the bedroom can cause mayhem with our sleep patterns. These include electric alarm clocks, electric blankets; radios, TV’s hairdryers; hair straighteners etc. All of these items emit an electromagnetic frequency (EMF) that is out of alignment with our natural electromagnetic rhythms. Turning the item off is not enough, the current emitting EMFs is still present so you need to actually unplug the item from the wall. Better still use them elsewhere in the house. Falling asleep to the TV or radio is another feng shui no-go. We go through a state of hypnotic trance when falling asleep. This phase is very conducive to being programmed, if you have the TV or radio playing you are indiscriminately programming your unconscious mind with whatever you’re listening to!
If you must use your mobile phone as an alarm clock it is better placed on the floor rather than on a bedside cabinet next to your head where it’s radioactive signals will be interfering with your brainwaves all night. Preferably use a battery alarm or old-fashionedwind up clock.
If it’s safe to do so, keep your window open a little overnight and let the fresh air clear out toxins your body releases during sleep. To encourage healthy sleep use natural fibre bedding – cotton, silk, linen or hemp. Manmade fibres create static electricity, which can interfere with your natural sleep patterns.
Bedrooms are best sited towards the back of the house where it tends to be quieter. Positioned here you’ll naturally sleep better.Where the bed is positioned in the room is one of the main factors that can affect our energy and quality of sleep. Ideally your feet will not directly face the open door of the bedroom. Energetically this position causes a subtle drain of chi over night and a sense of being ‘one foot out of the door’ and therefore never fully at home and never fully rested. If you cannot change the bed position you can create a solid barrier at the foot of the bed using a piece of furniture such as a chest of draws or a footboard on the bed itself.
Avoid putting the bed behind the door, as you want to be able to see who is coming in. If you have your bed with the head against a window you tend to feel a subtle sense of vulnerability due to the fragile nature of the glass behind you. If you cannot change the position ensure your bed has a good solid headboard. For optimum support headboards should be made of wood, leather or natural fabrics and be solid rather than slatted. Keep the area behind the bedroom door clear so the door can open freely.
Your bedroom décor ideally veers towards subtle and sensual rather than bold and brash. Sleep favours smooth patterns and a subdued colour scheme. Mirrors activate and energise spaces so for deep rest avoid sleeping where you can see yourself reflected in one.
Who last slept in your bed? Was it a healthy relationship? Is it on-going? Did it end painfully? The psychic residue of that person will be in the fabric of the bed itself. If it’s healthy and on-going – great, leave well alone. If it’s over but still haunting you then clear your bed to reclaim your sleep. It’s simple to do. Treat yourself to some new bed linen at a minimum. If a lot of angst has taken place for example you’ve been through a painful divorce and are still sleeping in the marital bed, seriously consider getting a new bed or at the very least a new mattress. If it is less serious than that take a baseball bat or rolling pin and simply beat the old negative energies out of the mattress. Turn the mattress over and give everything a good shake. This can be therapeutic on many levels depending on the nature of that old relationship!