“For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” – Steve Jobs
The average person spends almost one-third of their life time sleeping, with only a few lucky folks enjoying their sleep fully. If you are having a difficult time getting quality sleep, here are 9 Feng Shui tips to improve your sleep.
1. Avoid Sleeping in a Death Position
When a person dies they are usually carried away from a room or home with their feet exiting the door first. This position is analogous to that of a person sleeping with their bed and feet pointed towards the bedroom door. This should be avoided as it may cause weaker health or a reduction in energy. I personally find this position to be strange. And if it looks and sounds strange, it can’t be a good thing!
2. Own a Quality Bed
Your bed is one of the most personal pieces of furniture that you will ever own and one that you spend the most time in at home. It’s just one of things that you should avoid buying used or second hand. Also, make sure the bed’s headboard is solid.
3. Be Careful of Poison Arrows and Beams
Any sharp furniture such as drawers or nightstands can create “poison arrows” which may bring harm or injury to the body. It’s best to purchase furniture with rounded corners; however, if you have furniture with sharp corners, simply cover them with a decorative cloth.
Also, don’t put your bed below any exposed beam. If you can’t move it, then drape some lovely fabric over to protect your bed e.g. a canopy.
4. Watch out for those Windows
If possible, avoid placing your bed so that it’s underneath a window, to prevent yourself from being susceptible to feeling weak or unprotected. In college, I had slept under an uncovered window and constantly felt moody and tired. To remedy this, cover your window with quality curtains to curb negative chi from coming in your bedroom. I had found this simple change alone was helpful to me.
5. Sleep in Your Lucky Direction
One common question I have been asked is if one should prioritize sleeping in their lucky direction over other general feng shui guidelines, which include the feet pointing the door in the “death” position mentioned above. It’s usually suggested for one to take a more conservative approach and focus on mitigating and protecting oneself from bad and negative energy. Therefore, choose good bed placement first (e.g. avoid beams) over sleeping in your auspicious direction if they conflict.
6. Watch Out for Bathrooms
In general, bathrooms (and toilets) are not ideal in Feng Shui, but you also can’t live without one, right? If you happen to have one near your bedroom, avoid having your bed share a wall with it.
It’s also inauspicious to have a bathroom across from your bed and bedroom so keep the bathroom door and toilet seat down at all times. Consider placing a screen to block off the negative chi from the bathroom if necessary.
7. Remove Mirrors
Having mirrors in your bedroom are a definite feng shui no no. This is especially true if it reflects your bed. Televisions also count as “mirrors” as their screen reflects. So make sure you remove these items from your bedroom or cover them as they may cause your relationships to split.
8. Don’t do work
Your bedroom should be a sacred and serene place for rest, not a place to do work. Work is work – and sleep is sleep! Keep the two separated. If you live in a small space, then I highly recommend dividing the space with a curtain.
9. Clear any Clutter
For energy to flow properly in your bedroom and for you can get good rest, you need to clear all clutter. Make sure that your bed is tidy underneath. Don’t accumulate so much that your stuff starts owning you.
These are just a few tips of many tips to get your started to a better night’s rest. Sleep is vital to one’s health and for me personally, I get so grumpy if I don’t sleep well that my hubby is scared to be around me. When you don’t sleep well, it affects your personal energy and thereby affects the chi of your environment as well as your mankind luck.