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Feng Shui

and Natural Sleep
          Feng Shui and Natural Sleep

Sleep is a natural human instinct. We go to bed when we are tired, or when it is bedtime. However, many people have problems with natural sleep: they go to bed, but they cannot fall asleep right away; or, worse, they rely on medications to put them to sleep. In other words, they have insomnia or sleep deprivation.

But you can acquire natural sleep through good feng shui, which is an ancient Chinese art based on the balance and harmony of "yin" and "yang," and the Five Elements.

Essentially, feng shui is the philosophical and scientific belief that there is an internal life energy, known as qi, that is responsible for bringing oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the human body for health and wellness. If there is any blockage or stagnation of this flow of qi energy, then health is significantly compromised, resulting in insomnia, not to mention disease and disorder.

Apply the following principles of feng shui to your sleep environment to enhance your natural sleep:

(1) Your bedroom should be a square or a rectangle in shape to enable the free flow of qi. A bedroom too cluttered with objects or furniture does not contribute to an optimum environment for natural sleep.  If you sit on your bed and look around, you would be able to decide if there are items that have no place in the bedroom, such as a computer work station. Do you feel that there is any trapped qi in the bedroom that may create an imbalance of "yin" and "yang"? Do you feel that there are too many objects that visually clutter your bedroom.

(2) According to good feng shui, you bed should be raised, that is, it should not be lying flat on the floor, in order to encourage the free flow of qi energy.

(3) Your bed should be strategically placed in the bedroom. Do not place your bed between windows and doors, or between two doors, where energy will directly disrupt your natural sleep. Also, try not to place your bed in a spot of direct sunlight: the energy of the sun does not conduce to natural sleep.

(4) You should avoid hanging mirrors on the walls. If you do need a mirror in the bedroom, do not place it directly opposite the bed. The reason is that you do not want the mirror to reflect the qi energy back to you while you sleep.

The above are some of the basic principles of good feng shui that can be applicable to your sleep environment to optimize your natural sleep.

To learn more about "yin" and "yang," and the Five Elements, visit my web page: Chinese Healing.

Stephen Lau
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