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How to Feng Shui Your Room for Better Sleep

Zoe Browning life_hacks /
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Feng Shui: a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it, as defined by Webster's dictionary. The way our homes and rooms are set up impacts us each day (even if we don't know it!) Luckily, there are many tips and tricks on how to arrange your space to provide you with the best energy. Here's how.

"Traditional Chinese feng shui is the ancient art and science of living in harmony with your environment. It enhances life experience through energy by harnessing natural, benevolent forces and correcting negative ones to improve wealth, health, relationships, and career," Feng Shui expert and consultant Francoise Courty-Dan shared. She further explained how to set your room up to achieve deeper sleep. Because, after all, we spend nearly 26 years of our entire lives snoozing, so we might as well get the best Z's possible. 

The first tip is quite simple: bed placement. You may think your bed looks amazing in the spot it is in now, but could it negatively impact the energy in your space? There isn't one simple rule that applies to everyone when it comes to the Feng Shui of your bed - though it typically shouldn't directly face your door. To find out what will work best for your Qi or energy, you must learn what your Gua number is, which is correlated to gender and date of birth. The chart can be found here, and once you know your number, find out where to move your bed here. The next step to cleanse the Qi is to declutter your room! Get rid of that old high school shirt or that lamp you haven't used in ages. Any unnecessary items should be removed because when our rooms our cluttered, our minds are cluttered!

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While we're already cleaning, Courty-Dan suggested getting nicer sheets and a headboard. It will not only give you support, but it can take the room to a whole new (and better) level. Now when it comes to decorating, the Feng Shui experts advised against implementing bright or dark color palettes. Instead, choose neutral hues and calming shades. Also, try and keep the mirrors in the bathroom rather than the bedroom. Courty-Dan explained that the reflection can cause the Qi to become Yang, aka too active, which is a big no-no. Last but not least, your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary. Meaning, take your desk out of there! Workspaces are filled with negative energies such as stress. Try out these tips and check out the Francoise Courty-Dan One World Feng Shui website to book a consultation. Happy sleeping!