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Feng Shui Bedroom Tips - Where to place your bed for a great night's sleep
I woke up this morning and was immediately thankful of the great night’s sleep I’d had. Feeling refreshed and renewed in the morning is NOT something that all of us enjoy.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia and other sleeping related disorders per year. That's horrendous!
So, this article (part I of II features on Feng Shui bedroom tips) reviews the all important position of your bed in fostering good bedroom Feng Shui. After all, we spend one-third of our lives asleep. So, check out my top six feng shui bedroom tips below for ideal bed placement:
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip #1
Placing your bed under a beam is a Feng Shui bedroom disaster!
Exposed beams create a downward flow of energy or chi in the space directly below them. The result is an overwhelming sense of pressure. For example, if the beam cuts the bed in two, as in diagram 1 below, it will symbolically divide the bed and the couple sleeping in it - a Feng Shui bedroom disaster in my mind!
Similarly, a beam that lies across the middle of the bed, as in Diagram 2 below, is likely to cause health problems.
A beam that lies above the head, or indeed overhanging shelves or cupboards, can cause headaches and migraines. Do you get the picture here? The lower the ceiling the greater the resulting pressure - not good bedroom feng shui! So, I've listed four Feng Shui bedroom tips below if there’s no option to remove the bed or beam:
* Paint the beam white and this will symbolically make it disappear as it will blend into the ceiling color (which in Feng Shui should always be white)!
* Place or stick two, large, clear, quartz crystals at either end of the beam. The pointed ends of the crystals need to be facing each other.
* Hang tiny lights along the edge of the beam that symbolically push the energy of the beam upwards.
* Traditional Chinese Feng Shui recommends hanging Chinese bamboo flutes tied together with red thread at a 45-degree angle to the beam so that the flute is pointing upwards. If this appeals, go for it!
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip #2
Sleeping under slanting ceilings & eaves is a Feng Shui bedroom No-No!
Chi or energy flows to the end of the slope of a slanted ceiling which means that anything below it will be under considerable pressure from the downward pull of energy.
Feng Shui bedroom tips to negate this include placing uplighters or miniature lights beneath the slope to push the energy back upwards. Alternatively, place a canopy hung from the ceiling above the bed to protect you from the downward pull of chi.
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip #3
Take the widest possible view for good bedroom Feng Shui.
Your bed should ideally be placed so that you can see the door easily and anyone who enters it. Diagonally opposite the doorway is best so that you have the widest view possible of the room as per diagram 3 below.
You can appreciate that not being able to see the doorway and all who enter can result in nervous or jumpy behavior - not good bedroom Feng Shui!
If, for some reason, your bed cannot be positioned diagonally across from the doorway, try placing a mirror so that it reflects the entrance (as per diagram 4 below). Be careful, however, that the mirror doesn’t reflect the bed when you sleep!
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip #4
Placing your bed DIRECTLY opposite the doorway (as per diagram 5 below) is not good bedroom Feng Shui!
Note that in Feng Shui Bedroom Tip 3, I mention placing your bed ‘diagonally opposite the doorway’. Please don’t confuse this with placing your bed ‘directly opposite the doorway’. The doorway to your bedroom is the main gateway for incoming chi and because chi travels in a straight line, placing your bed directly opposite the door is not good bedroom Feng Shui.
You may feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to sleep.
Equally, sleeping directly opposite the toilet door (if you have an ensuite) is again not good bedroom Feng Shui.
If you absolutely cannot avoid sleeping directly opposite your doorway put up a partition, for example, a folding screen at the foot of the bed so that it reduces the amount of vital energy lost.
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip #5
Avoid placing your bed under a window.
Your energy field or chi retracts or goes back into your body when you sleep so you feel restored and revitalized when you awake. However, placing your bed directly under a window will mean that vital chi is lost or siphoned off from your energy field. You’ll also be in the direct glare of any exterior street lights or car headlamps.
Good bedroom Feng Shui states that the best place for your bed is in front of a solid wall (and headboard) for protection and solidity.
Feng Shui Bedroom Tip # 6
Mirrors facing the bed is a Feng Shui bedroom No-No.
Mirrors that face the bed (be they wardrobe mirrors or wall mirrors) do not create good bedroom Feng Shui! Mirrors tend to reflect your energy or chi when you sleep.
Instead of retracting back into your body (thereby replenishing it) energy or chi gets distorted. In my experience, mirrors that reflect the bed in this way seem to have a divisive effect on couples so if you want to keep your marriage strong leave mirrors out of the bedroom!
At the very least, cover your mirrors with a piece of fabric, curtain or a screen to limit the distortion of chi.
The same goes for any other reflective surface in the bedroom. Ensure that televisions and PC screens (best avoided altogether in the bedroom) are covered when not in use.
Feng Shui Bedroom Conclusion
Don’t worry if your bed placement does not foster good bedroom Feng Shui. Feng Shui is about making the best of the space you have. Making use of mirrors and other cures such as lighting can often alleviate harmful chi… and the resulting problems.
In the forthcoming part II of this feature, we’ll take a further look at Feng Shui bedroom tips when we delve into specific bedroom arrangements such as L-Shaped rooms and ensuite bathrooms… so catch up with you then!
All the very best for a restful night’s sleep, Clare!
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