In this week’s blog, we look to some of the UK’s feng shui practitioners to find out how positioning your bed in a particular way can not only improve your sleep, but also contribute towards can creating a more harmonious and restful environment within your bedroom – and also within your life!
About feng shui
Literally translated, feng shui means “wind-water.” The UK Feng Shui Society describes feng shui as the study, analysis and enhancement of the interaction between people, buildings and the environment. They continue by explaining that, in its practical application, it considers how the environment influences our lives and wellbeing, whether we’re at home, at work, or out and about.
Why the bedroom is important
Feng Shui Consultants consider the bedroom one of the most crucial spaces within the home where you need to get the feng shui right. Why? Because it’s the place where you sleep – and we all know that sleep plays a major part in our overall wellbeing. Although there are many ways in which feng shui can be applied in the bedroom – through colours, decluttering, lighting, plants (the list goes on!) – it is the positioning of the bed that is often cited as the most important element.
Positioning your bed
In the article 10 ways to get a good night’s sleep for Psychologies magazine, David Hurst reveals that, according to the rules of feng shui, the bed should be positioned where it allows you to see the door, but without being right across from it. This provides you with a feeling of security throughout the night as you have visibility of the doorway and anyone entering the room.
Avoid the death position
Master Thomas Coxon, one of the top practitioners in Europe, stresses the minimum you should do is avoid sleeping with your feet pointing towards the door. “The Chinese call this the ‘death position’,” he explains. “That seems a bit dramatic, but I've certainly seen people's health and vitality improve once they stop sleeping with their feet opposite the entry door to their bedroom.”
The right wall
In terms of which wall to place your bed against, Master Alan Stirling of Feng Shui That Works advises this should be either a solid wall or, if away from the wall, the bed should have a solid head board. “As the solid wall behind your bed represents your security and wellbeing, if you place the bed’s headboard against the wall containing the door then you will argue at some point, with whomever enters the room,” he says. Alan goes on to affirm that this is actually the main reason for arguments with your children!
Make room for Chi
The late Jon Sandifier of Feng Shui UK would caution against sleeping directly on the floor and also storing items beneath your bed as it prevents Chi* from circulating below you. “The gap between your mattress and the floor needs to be kept clear,” says John. “This is definitely a clutter-free zone! Handy though they may be, storage units under your bed are less than ideal. They have the potential to disturb your sleep and limit the charge of Yin force (Earth force) to re-charge you while you sleep.”
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* Chi (or ch’i/qi) can be defined as a circulating life force or the energy that unites mind, body and spirit.