Have you ever slept a full 8 hours and still woke up feeling tired?
Feeling rested has a lot to do with the quality and quantity of your sleep. Aside from stress and other emotional factors that cause sleepless nights, there are many external factors that can affect how well and how fast you fall asleep, such as your bedroom feng shui.
In this post, you will find out how your bedroom feng shui is affecting your sleep, and you’ll get 33 bedroom feng shui tips that can help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep through the night. Take note that because sleeping habits differ from individuals, some of these tips may work wonders for some but not for others.
Also, when you get to bed placement rules, you might find that your unique situation won’t allow you to implement all those tips. In that case, refer to this article to learn which bed placement rule takes priority.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that the feng shui bedroom tips here mostly belong to the Form School of Feng Shui, which deals with what can be seen with the naked eye. These tips are for you to avoid bad feng shui. To gather good Feng Shui Qi and prosper in health, wealth, and love, you need to understand “Li Qi”, or the Compass School of Feng Shui. That is not something that can be learned in a few weeks.
1. Choose a bedroom that is located at the back-end of the house
By “back-end of the house,” I mean the section of the home that’s the farthest from the street.
The main reason for this is that bedrooms at the back-end of the home are usually much quieter. Your sleep is less likely to be disrupted by the sound coming from the front of the house, which includes both human noises and automobile traffic. Because of this, you will also enjoy higher levels of privacy.
The backyard at the back of the house is bad feng shui. The back-end of the house is usually the area right next to the backyard.
2. Avoid bedrooms located above the garage
When your bedroom is above a garage, your sleep can be disrupted by a variety of factors such as the smell of car exhaust, noise from garage door movements, insects that can creep into your bedroom, and warmer-than-usual bedroom temperatures. If you’ve checked for these 4 factors and they’re not going to be an issue, then your bedroom’s feng shui location should be fine. I wrote a full article about it, and you can read it here.
3. Avoid bedrooms located under areas of high activity
Active areas can include restrooms, entertainment rooms, or other spaces where humans tend to do activities other than sleeping soundly. This usually does not apply to apartments and high-rises because in these structures, the bedroom is likely below another bedroom, and the flooring is usually thick and sound-proof.
However, single-family homes are a different story. If your bedroom is right under a restroom, your sleep can be interrupted whenever someone flushes the toilet. Or if you live right under the room of a teenager who has a different sleeping schedule, their movements, music, or other activities can keep you awake all night.
4. Avoid bedrooms located above the kitchen stove
Some say that sleeping above the kitchen stove brings bad energy that disturbs sleep and creates health issues. Though I do not disagree with them, what I do know is that your bedroom’s temperature may rise above the normal temperature if it is right above the kitchen, as it can be affected by the heat given off from the back of the refrigerator. The optimal temperature for sleep is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and if your room’s temperature gets higher than this, you may lose quality sleep.
Here’s another potential issue: Do you know where the grease and smoke come out? The kitchen ventilation and exhaust hood use a tube to take the grease and smoke out. The tube is filled with filth, and any leak that it may have can definitely bring negative health consequences to the person sleeping right next to it.
5. Don’t use more space than you need for your bedroom
If your bedroom is too large, you may wake up tired even if you get a full eight hours of sleep. From the people that I’ve talked to, I’ve learned some find it hard to fully relax in very spacious bedrooms.
This could be our survival instincts at play. We are most vulnerable when we’re sleeping, and if we’re spending time in a larger space, we may feel less in control of our surroundings, causing us to sleep on high alert.
6. Place the bed’s head against a wall
Imagine yourself on a plane, seated in a window seat. If you had all the window seats to yourself, would you sleep with your head on the side of the walkway? If you could lie down sleeping on a plane, would you sleep with your head on the side of the walkway?
The same applies to your bed. Although I’m sure you won’t have flight attendants or passengers walking around your bedroom, having a headboard against the wall will provide you with a subtle sense of security that’ll help you fall asleep easier. Again, this has to do with our survival instincts and sense of security.
7. Avoid placing the bed against the same wall as the door
This can be especially helpful if you live with someone else, like a significant other, family members, or even roommates that have a different sleeping schedule than you. If your bed is placed against the same wall as the door, then you might wake up on high alert whenever someone comes in or out of the room. The placement will also require you to rise from your bed just to see who’s behind the door. If your bed is placed opposite the wall with the door, this won’t be an issue.
8. Avoid placing the head of the bed directly below a window
The window is the gateway between your bedroom and the outside world. When you sleep with your head directly under a window, then your sleep can be easily disrupted by the Qi coming from the outside, which includes wind, scent, noise, light, shadows, and the movements of insects and animals.
When you come across an unfamiliar sound, movement, or scent while you’re sleeping, then you’ll likely wake up on high alert, as your survival instincts will kick in. This will make it difficult for you to fall back asleep.
9. Place the head of the bed against the wall opposite the door
Placing your bed this way gives you higher levels of comfort, security, and control. You’re less likely to be disturbed whenever someone uses the door, and you’ll feel less alarmed in case someone does disturb you, enabling you to get back to sleep easily. Just remember to avoid placing the bed directly in front of the door.
10. The bed should not share a wall with the toilet
Placing your bed against the wall with the door to the toilet has similar consequences to placing your bedroom right under a toilet. Positioning your bed close to the toilet will disturb your sleep, as you’ll likely hear the pipes whenever someone flushes or turns on the faucets and showers. If you have no other option but to do this, an easy solution is to use a thick headboard for your bed. This can minimize the unwanted noises that may disturb your sleep. Here are some other useful tips from Dana Claudat.
11. Do not share a wall with the kitchen
This is a little similar to having your bedroom right above a kitchen stove. Some say the fire energy from the kitchen stove can cause insomnia and other health problems arising from lack of sleep. A more scientific explanation is that the wall transfers heat from the kitchen, which in turn reduces your sleep quality. Also, the sound of the refrigerator and water being used in the kitchen can disturb your sleep.
Further, the kitchen is an area with high levels of human activity. If you live with someone with a different sleep schedule, your sleep will be disrupted by the clinking of the dishes, ovens, and pots while another person is using the kitchen.
12. Avoid sloped or slanted ceilings
How comfortable are you when you’re in a room with a very low-ceiling? Low ceilings provide a subtle visual pressure that makes most people feel uneasy.
The same is true with slanted or sloped ceilings. Though the feeling is very subtle, it does give you some sort of unease or the sense of being compressed, and those feelings carry over whenever you go to bed. This is especially true if you sleep on the side with the lower ceiling. An easy solution for a sloping ceiling is to use a canopy bed. The four pillars that surround you while you sleep can make you feel more “supported” against the downward pressure of the ceiling.
13. Avoid putting a bed under a beam
Just like staring at sloped or slanted ceilings while you’re in bed, sleeping under a beam can also give you a subtle feeling of unease. Sleeping under a beam can provide you with a sense of discomfort because it is similar to having a sharp object pointed at you. Also, having the beams in your line of sight can give you a feeling that your space is being chopped up, which can be highly distracting.
The size and shape of the beam, as well as the height of the ceiling, all play a role in how much discomfort you feel. The easy cure to this is to use a canopy bed.
14. Remove the hanging furniture pieces above your bed
How do you feel when you stand right under a low-hanging chandelier that’s the size of you? If you have anything hanging right above your bed, such as a chandelier, you will get that same feeling of discomfort because you may not feel 100% safe, and the effects are worse if it is hanging right above your head. The solution is to remove that furniture and place it somewhere else, like right above a dining table, where people will not sleep right under it.
15. Don’t place large furniture pieces by your bed
Some people like putting large bookshelves right by the bed. This makes it easy for avid readers to reach for their favorite books and do a light reading before they sleep for the night. Small bookshelves are fine. However, if you have bookshelves that are more than 6 feet (180 cm) tall, then you are better off without the bookshelf. The reason is that the large furniture can give off an invisible pressure that can make you feel oppressed. It’s similar to the feeling you get when you drive right next to a truck or when you’re standing right under a monumental structure.
16. Move your home office out of the bedroom
Work and sleep don’t mix, so avoid work-related furniture and feng shui in the bedroom, such as a desk. If you have a desk in your bedroom, you may go to sleep thinking about work instead of relaxing. Worse, it may invoke work-related stress, which can significantly impact your sleep quality.
This applies mostly to adults and not students, as the adults are the ones who get more pressure from work due to the need to support their families. The easy cure to this is to remove the desk or other furniture pieces that may remind you of work. Here’s a tip I got from Hipster Feng Shui. If you live in a small space, you can try dividing your work area and your bed with a curtain.
17.Use conventional furniture pieces
Some modern furniture designs are very slick and appealing. Here’s a bed frame that I think looks absolutely amazing.
Though I love how it looks, I’m not sure how comfortable I will be when sleeping on that bed frame. I’ve used flimsy pieces of furniture before, so I would feel anxious and scared of breaking that bed when I move or adjust to find a comfortable sleeping position. I suggest that you choose comfortability over design. And as for bed frames, choose the ones with proper support so that you can feel more relaxed.
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18. Use dim lighting
Bright lights keep us awake and can disrupt our sleep patterns. It is true even with artificial lights and especially true for LED lights, which are known to create “light pollution” that causes sleepless nights. Light pollution is also the reason why it’s bad feng shui to sleep with your head under a window. Try to use dim lights with a soothing color, as this combination can provide the atmosphere and environment you need while you’re getting ready for bed.
19. Use blinds and curtains that completely block out light
Even a little bit of lighting can disrupt your sleep, as light can penetrate our eyelids and influence our biological clock.
You are in complete control of the lights in your bedroom. However, you have little or no control of the lights outside of your home. That is why you need blinds and curtains that can completely block out the light from the outside. If your current blinds or curtains enable light to pass through at night, it may be worth it to invest in double-layered curtains to improve your sleep.
20. Move electronics away from your bed
People today are so attached to their electronics and smartphones. Just looking at your phone before you go to sleep at night can lower your sleep quality. Electronics, such as your smartphone or alarm clock, are great human inventions. However, most of us are addicted to our smartphones. Staring at this artificial light before bed is also wrecking your sleep. Keep these gadgets somewhere you can’t easily reach at night and improve your sleep quality.
21. Remove mirrors that are facing the bed
Humans have survival instincts. We can credit our vision for identifying threats and helping us ensure our survival to this day. There’s a downside to this, though, as our eyes can be quite sensitive to sudden movements. If you have a mirror facing the bed, any type of movement reflected by the mirror will alarm you. Sometimes, you might not help it but notice your own movements in the mirror, even from the corner of your eyes. Remove the mirror that’s facing the bed to prevent it from distracting your sleep.
22. Remove the plants in the room
Plants have an “evening complex” where they grow taller at night. Their vibrant growth energy gives off quite the opposite energy you want when you’re planning to sleep soon. Contrary to popular belief, most plants release more carbon dioxide than oxygen at night. Carbon dioxide has the ability to affect your sleep quality, and it is one of the reasons why plants should not be in your bedroom. Here’s a post that talks exclusively about how plants affect our sleep, backed by scientific research.
23. Remove water features in the room
Water features are great, but only when we’re awake. At night, we should be sleeping in as much serenity as possible. Science has indicated that sound as minor as whispers have the ability to disrupt the quality of our sleep. The same applies to any other sound, including the water features in your bedroom. Though some find the sound of flowing water soothing, it is likely that you will experience moments when it will irritate you.
24. Choose soothing colors for your bedroom theme
Avoid vibrant colors such as bright orange, pink, and yellow as the main theme of your bedroom. These are not suitable for your bed linens, curtains, and bedroom walls.
Brighter colors tend to shout out at you, which can amplify your emotions and give you more energy. They also reflect more light, which is known to disrupt your biological clock and keep you awake. If you desire to use bright colors, you may need to dim down the bedroom lights to balance out the brightness. Another method is to use bright colors as accents rather than the main theme.
25. Remove odd home decors
I’ve slept in a room with ancient masks from African tribes hanging on the wall. What ended up happening was that I just stared at them almost all night. On occasions, it felt like they were staring back at me too.
Humans have an amazing ability to recognize faces and familiar patterns. It is suggested that you remove animal heads (hunting trophies), pictures of faces, and other odd decors from the bedroom because they can keep you distracted and awake.
26. No unpleasant images or artwork
Being surrounded by unpleasant images, such as pictures depicting violence or sorrow, can invoke strong emotions that can keep you awake at night. Worse, these emotions can carry over to your dream, making you wake up tired the next day.
If you have any pictures that invoke strong emotions, remove them from the bedroom and place them elsewhere. Pictures that soothe and relax you are more suitable for the bedroom.
27. Close the window when you sleep
Closing the window can block unwanted scents from the outside. For instance, if you can smell cigarette smoke from your next-door neighbor when they smoke on their balcony, you may want to keep your windows closed.
At the same time, the simple act of closing your windows at night can cancel out the noise from the outside, which is especially important if you live in the cities where you can hear automobiles or other people’s conversations. As previously mentioned, the slightest noise can disrupt the quality of your sleep. If you happen to live in a noisy neighborhood or close to main streets, you might want to invest in double-paned windows.
28. Master bedrooms: close your bathroom doors
Bathrooms are notorious for their bad feng shui because of the excess humidity and filth. For those that sleep in master bedrooms, you might want to make sure to contain bad feng shui within the bathroom.
Leaving the bathroom door open will affect the air quality of your bedroom. For instance, if you just finished “taking care of business”, and you left the bathroom door open, the smell can easily travel to your bedroom, which can significantly affect how fast you fall asleep. Worse, if you have mold in your bathroom, you may suffer from health problems such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, shortness of breath, sinus problems, and more.
29. Close the bedroom door
Closing the bedroom door increases your sense of privacy, especially if you live with family members. It can also provide you with a feeling of security, which can further relax your survival instincts and facilitate better sleep.
Closing the bedroom door also cancels out the noise from within your home. These sounds include the humming of your home electronics and the noise from your family members or roommates.
30. Eliminate clutter from the room
Speaking from personal experience back in my college days, there are many ways to hurt yourself if your bedroom is filled with clutter. You can trip on something, step on your own clutter, or worse, you can stub your toe. The pain associated with that can wake you fully and can completely disrupt your sleeping cycle.
Imagine if that happens to you in the middle of the night. How would you feel? Even if your kids or your pets make a mess in your bedroom, make it a habit to keep your bedroom free of clutter. Furthermore, a clean and organized bedroom is more visually relaxing and less likely to invoke frustration and agitation that can lower your sleep quality.
31. Let go of the TV
Some say that the TV has a similar effect as a mirror, which is mentioned earlier in #20. However, most of us use LCDs now, and I can hardly see any reflections from that. So I don’t think the mirror effect applies anymore.
Though some people claim that having the TV in the background helps them sleep, the light and sound from the TV are actually causing us to stay awake longer than needed. The light from the TV is a form of artificial light that has the tendency to keep us awake by delaying the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. Furthermore, whatever show or movie that you’re watching can also invoke strong emotions that’ll keep you awake longer than usual.
Some experts also mentioned that electronics in the bedroom bring electromagnetic fields that can potentially harm us. I’m not sure how it affects our sleep, but I do know that strong electric currents create strong electromagnetic fields that can cause many health consequences, which is why you shouldn’t live close to power lines.
32. Keep work out of bed
Even if you don’t have a work desk in your bedroom, you need to keep your laptop, smartphone, and emails away as you prepare to sleep. Any of these can remind you of the work that needs to be done, which can easily increase your stress levels and prevent you from relaxing.
For others, it can keep you awake because it stimulates your mind to return to work mode. Even if you’re already tucked in, you may be thinking about how to solve a certain problem at work or how to perform better. Sometimes, this can make you more inclined to grab your laptop or smartphone to write an idea down when you should be going to sleep instead.
33. Open the window during the day
After a full night’s sleep, your bedroom is filled with your own carbon dioxide. To refresh the air quality in your bedroom, make it a habit to open the window right after you wake up. This way, your bedroom will feel more nurturing during the night.
Carbon dioxide is known to adversely affect the quality of your sleep. So even if you live in a region with extreme cold or hot weather, try to keep your window fully open for at least a couple of hours during the day to refresh the air in your bedroom.
The feng shui of the bedroom is very important because we spend almost a third of our lives there. It determines how well you sleep and how much energy you have during the day, all of which directly affect your work performance, mood, and how you interact socially.
Further, chronic sleeplessness can cause inability to learn, headaches, weight gain, colds, depleted sex drive, depression, and many more horrible things. Maybe that’s why feng shui places a special emphasis on the bedroom. After all, we spend about a third of our lives in our bedroom sleeping.
If you want feng shui to help you with other aspects of life, feng shui in the bedroom is not enough. For instance, if you want feng shui to assist you with health, wealth, and relationships, you need to leverage the compass or the “Li Qi” part of feng shui. I offer a remote feng shui bedroom consultation that can help you with your bedroom’s “Li Qi”.
But if you’re only looking to better your sleep, these tips should suffice in helping you feel rested and energetic to prepare you for tomorrow’s challenges.
Do you have other bedroom feng shui tips that have helped you with your sleep? Has any of these worked for you in the past?
Let me know in the comments below. I’m eager to hear your experiences!