In feng shui, the bedroom is considered a “yin” space; a passive, restful area where one can easily relax and unwind allowing replenishment of  qi or energy, after a full day. We all know that the main purpose of the bedroom is to get a good nights rest. When we are stressed or have something on our mind, we have trouble falling asleep because the thoughts just don’t want to stop!  I have counted sheep and tried various techniques to sleep, but before we do that try assessing the placement of your bed.

Some school’s auspicious  sleeping directions depend on an individual’s birth date. Using this date, they use special methods to calculate which direction is most suitable.  Others say a person’s birth date is not necessary for finding an auspicious direction to sleep: some insist it’s east others recommend facing west.   “So, what’s my direction? ” is a common question.

Form School’s main concern is the shape of the space. (I know, pretty obvious from the school’s name!).    So, instead of worrying about which direction, form school teaches us that it is more important to observe the form of the space.  Use the following as a guideline:

  • The ideal placement of the bed is with the headboard against a solid wall.  A solid wall means a wall without openings, such as windows or doors.  This is the most preferable position, but sometimes the design of the room does not allow this.  In such cases, do not fret about it.  If there is a window above the bed, see if you can cover it using blinds or other window coverings.  One concern is a draft that can affect your sleep.  The picture with the window right behind the bed may cause disturbed sleep.  In this situation it may be best to move the bed.
  • While lying in bed, you should be able to see the openings, doors and windows, of the room.  Having full visibility of who is entering the room without having to turn or change position allows one to be in full command of the space.  This affects your  qi which leads to a relaxed mental state, contributing to better sleep.
  • Avoid hanging anything directly above the bed, such as mobiles or chandeliers.  The qi from such objects will be pressing directly above your resting body disturbing your inner qi.  These can affect your subconscious as you may be worried they may fall on you during sleep.  In the second photo the decor above the bed, although we know is light in weight, visually it is large and bold.  It is also directly in line with your vision, so the first thing you see when you wake up are large colored balls.  By moving them to the side of the room, may help one sleep much better.
  • If you have exposed beams with low ceilings, try to avoid sleeping under them.  Again, the pressure of the qi will be pushing down on you.  In such situations, try draping a cloth to soften the form.  Beams in rooms with higher ceilings, it becomes less of an issue.

Hope these simple guidelines will help you get a better nights rest.  A better nights rest is key to maintaining your health and well-being. If you have done all of the above but still have difficulty sleeping, the method I sometimes use is to relax my muscles.  In your mind, go through each part of your body, starting with your feet.  Imagine they are heavy and release all tension.  By going through this simple exercise, I found that I build up tightness in my shoulders, jaw and head.  Isn’t that kind of bizarre?  But, now I am aware when I feel stressed, those areas of my body are tense.

What do you do when you have difficulty sleeping?  Do you have any other recommendations for a good nights rest?  Please share and sleep tight.

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