A poor diet, too much screen time before bed, and not enough exercise are all things that can affect your sleep. But there’s one more factor that could be causing you to toss and turn—and it has nothing to do with your health and lifestyle.
Turns out, it's your bedroom layout—or, more specifically, poor feng shui.
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For those who don't know, this ancient art has to do with how furniture is arranged in a room. It is thought that good placement of pieces allows positive energy to flow. And there’s one very important rule for how your bedroom should be set up: When positioning your bed in the room, there needs to be an equal amount of space on each side of it.
"This is symbolic of creating equal space for you and your partner," feng shui guru Laura Cerrano told MyDomaine.
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To amp up this positive energy, she recommends investing in two bedside tables each with a lamp—if not for feng shui, then simply for the beauty of symmetry. Other rules include positioning your bed so there's space between it and the wall, because even an inch can help the good vibes flow around the room. Experts also suggest aligning your bed so that you have a view of the door without making your bed completely in line with it. Apparently, this last tip can be even more beneficial than you would ever think.
“This allows the occupant to literally, energetically, and metaphorically see and feel who and what opportunities are approaching their life." Good to know.
The same rule applies if you have an en suite. Avoid positioning your bed in front of the doorway, or it will suck the energy from the room.
Wow, we are definitely taking these tips to heart. Looks like it's time to do some redecorating.
This post was written by Amber Manto. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Are aches from arthritis or overworked muscles stopping you from falling asleep? Try applying gentle pressure with your thumb to specific points on your hand, a technique called "self-shiatsu." Canadian scientists say it's so effective at soothing pain and making you drowsy that some study volunteers actually fell asleep while doing it!