First of all, I just want to make it clear that I’m not the biggest fan of the somewhat superstitious motifs in traditional Chinese forms of feng shui, and certainly not its money-grabbing modern new age format. Feng shui often refers to the flow of “energy” or “chi” when giving reasons for certain furniture arrangements. however, if you were to change these otherworldly-sounding terms to “air” or “space,” then things would start to make a lot more sense from a rational but subconscious perspective.
Feng shui techniques often seem to be based on very logical ideas, but perhaps they were given these supernatural explanations to appear more appealing or to be explained more simply. Whatever your stance, there is definitely some value in certain concepts in this very broad field. We will look at 5 bedroom feng shui methods that can subconsciously make your bedroom a more peaceful and balanced room and help you sleep. however, they may not be practical for all rooms, especially smaller spaces.
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1 – sleeping direction must allow view of the door
To be honest a lot of people’s bedrooms already conform to most of these Feng Shui ideas as many on a basic level are just about common sense and efficiency. The idea of tending to face the door while sleeping is supposedly a hard-wired instinct we’ve acquired through evolution that makes us more alert to potential intruders. This was humorously pointed out by Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory to Penny.
Although this characteristic of human nature could hail from a time of inter-tribal warfare in human history, the idea of not being able to see the entrance to a room while sleeping can certainly play into your subconscious and create unnecessary doubt. Virtually all feng shui enthusiasts recommend that you arrange your bed so that you can see the door, but oddly, don’t place it directly in front of the door.
2 – don’t sleep with your head too close to a window
This may not be possible due to the layout of some rooms, and in this case I think giving priority to the door. Similar to how you wouldn’t see intruders coming from the door, the window could also be an entry point. As unlikely as it may be, sleeping with your head under the window can unconsciously lead to disturbing thoughts. There could also be disturbing wind and rain noises during the night which could also disrupt sleep. having a window at the foot of the bed also allows morning light to wake you up naturally.
3 – the bed should be aligned with the center of the wall
feng shui guides would tell you that having your bed in the corner or not equidistant in the middle of the wall can create imbalance and from a rational perspective I can certainly see how, especially if the bed is shared by two people. Not only is it impractical for one person to have to climb over the other to get out of bed, which will undoubtedly disturb sleep, but it can also create a sense of entrapment for the other person, no matter how unaware. the best way to create a truly balanced relationship is without a doubt to have the bed in the middle and allow easy access from both sides.
4 – the bed should not be placed at an angle
The headboard should nearly always be placed up against the wall and the bed certainly shouldn’t be placed in the middle of the room at an angle. Not only can this be subconsciously unsettling but it is bound to be uneven in some way and it just isn’t an efficient way to arrange a room. Most rooms tend to be square and so positioning the bed in this way will create excess triangular areas that will just end up being wasted space.
5 – don’t keep things under the bed
This may not be possible for some, as the space under the bed often offers vital storage, but having such a shortage of space could also serve as an initial incentive to have a clean and tidy life. things under the bed may be out of sight most of the time, but just knowing they’re there can subconsciously alter your mood and create feelings of imperfection. this may be particularly the case if you tend to lazily stuff things under your bed at random as a quick fix.
If there is alternative storage available in the form of cupboards, cabinets and shelves, then it is worth using them and freeing up space under the bed. however, if you live in a small apartment and have no choice but to store things under your bed, then it pays to systematically organize what you store and carefully decide what is worth keeping so you don’t end up sleeping on a pile of rubbish.