stones arranged according to feng shui in a gardenIf you’ve been trying to develop better sleep habits but are still having trouble dozing off, your decorating skills might be to blame.

“’Feng’ (pronounced “foong”) means ‘wind’ and ‘shui’  (pronounced “shoo-way”) means ‘water.’ In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune,” writes feng shui expert Rodika Tchi.

Developed over 3,000 years ago, feng shui is a practice that seeks to balance a space’s energy to assure health and good fortune for the people who inhabit it – or in the case of bedroom feng shui specifically, a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here are several bedroom feng shui tips to set your energy flowing in a positive direction for better sleep.

·       Relaxing Paint Colours

According to feng shui, warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls because they’re thought to be soothing.

bedroom decorated in natural woods and light greenLight blues, greens, and lavenders are considered restful and conducive to sleep. But too many cool colours, such as grays, blues, or stark whites are believed to interfere with relaxation. Aim for a balance of 50 percent warm skin tones and 50 percent cool blues, greens, or lavenders.

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  • Figure Out What Goes Where

Your bed should be in feng shui’s so-called commanding position. That might sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy.

First, make sure your headboard backed by a sturdy wall, while avoiding any walls on either side of your bed. (Instead, keep nightstands, which are thought to be grounding, on the sides of your bed.)

Also, place mirrors in spots that don’t directly face your bed. Having a mirror facing you while you sleep can deplete your energy while you’re sleeping and trying to restore it.

Most importantly, avoid directly aligning your bed with any doors. In traditional feng shui, that position resembles a coffin that’s taken away feet first. (Morbid, but true. Sorry!)

·       Clear the Clutter

True, that invisible under-the-bed area is a super convenient spot to store all the stuff that you can’t seem to find a better place for. But all that junk is clogging up your energy flow, so find another home for it, stat.

If you’re not sure what to do with an item or find that you no longer use or need it, donate it or toss it.

The same goes for clutter elsewhere in your bedroom. Misplaced stuff and messy stacks or piles don’t do much to foster peace and relaxation—the exact feelings that you want to help you nod off.

In addition to fresh air, natural light matters, too. Try to let the sunlight into your bedroom for a little while each day.

·       Steer clear of electronics.

image signifying no WiFiIf there’s one thing that feng shui practitioners and modern sleep experts agree on, it’s the fact that electronic devices in the bedroom can zap your sleep. According to bedroom feng shui, these gadgets add fire energy to your room, which, not surprisingly, can make it tough to sleep.

Whether you’re watching a movie on your tablet, texting on your phone, or using your laptop to catch up on email, do it in a room other than your bedroom. And try to power

·       Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature instils a sense of tranquillity, which is exactly the sort of feeling you want when you’re trying to drift off to sleep.

Some experts recommend placing smooth stones in a small container on your nightstand. A green potted plant, or even a photo of a soothing natural landscape, can have a similar effect.

bedroom decorated in blue and white with a green plant on window sill