When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Probably twenty-or-so years ago when you had no job or bills to pay. Lately, squeezing in five hours of sleep feels like Christmas!
Apart from being nervous, moody and feeling depressed all the time (not to mention constantly looking tired and sporting dark circles under the eyes as your main accessory), lack of sleep impacts our everyday activities and overall mobility. Further, if we’re not treating our bodies to enough sleep, the immune system starts failing and ultimately – our whole body shuts down.
Interestingly enough, getting the sleep we need doesn’t only depend on the number of commitments we’ve got through the day; much of it has to do with where we sleep and the interior we are surrounded with. Lead with Feng Shui philosophy, we’ve learned that furniture placement in our bedroom may influence our sleep for better or worse, as can the amount of clutter we’ve got stored in that space.
To let yourself rest and turn your bedroom into a real oasis of snooze, here are some Feng Shui tips you can follow to sleep like a baby.
Clear your mind
Meditation is an ancient path to enlightenment, peace of mind and unity of body and soul. Unfortunately, with the hectic lives we lead, not everyone has the time to embrace their Namaste daily. Still, what everyone can do is clear their mind of negative thoughts prior to going to bed; leave all your worries, anger, sadness and other negative emotions outside of the bedroom and try to go to bed as light as a feather. If your mind keeps racing, even when you’ve tried to let go of thoughts that bother you, get up and write your thoughts down on paper. It will help you relieve some of that gloom and tire you enough to make you want to go to bed stat. Another way to go about it is to write down everything you are grateful for — this will help you feel more at ease.
Let the air and energy circulate
Clean air is crucial for a good night sleep! Prior to leaving your house, leave the window(s) slightly open for the fresh air to come in. Airing out your bedroom creates a fresh space for sleep and eliminates the smell of dust or other unpleasant smells (this refers to those who have pets). To let that air circulate better and help you sleep more peacefully, you can either sleep with your window open or rely on a humidifier that will filter out the air and let you get some rest.
De-clutter your space
Beds stuffed with storage underneath them (be careful you aren’t sleeping on top of current problems or bad memories), cluttered closets, messy nightstands and dressers are similar to thoughts that run endlessly through your mind, heightening the chaos rather than calm and resulting in energy blocks. Clean everything up (and keep it clean) to have a piece of mind.
Shut down as many electronics as you can prior to going to bed and give it your best not to work on your laptop or phone while you’re in bed already. The light from phones, computers and TVs wreaks havoc on your sleep rhythms, so make sure you break the nasty habit of having electronics in your bed.
Bring in the earth element
Earth is the grounding element of Feng Shui; elements that are linked to earth as well as all the earthly colors (brown, beige, eggshell, ocher, green…) create a more peaceful environment. Replace screaming colors you’ve got in the bedroom with these earthly, soothing shades for a more relaxing space and a better sleep.