How to Feng Shui your bedroom - basic tips and rules
Why You Should Feng Shui Your Bedroom
Something in your bedroom is sapping your health—and it’snotyour secret chocolate stash. Blame the television, says a new study published in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Kids who have TVs in their bedrooms also tend to have bigger waists and more belly fat, researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana concluded. They studied more than 300 Louisiana children between the ages of 5 and 18, and learned that children with bedroom TVs watched more TV—no big surprise there—and were also 2.5 times more likely than their peers to have the highest levels of fat mass. Even worse, children with bedroom TVs were three times more likely to have an elevated cardiometabolic risk (associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease), high triglyceride levels, and a bigger waist circumference, the study found.
But the number of reruns they watched might not exactly be to blame. Bedroom TVs are linked to lower amounts of sleep and fewer family meals, the study notes. Both of those factors are associated with weight gain and obesity in adolescents. Even in adulthood, watching more TV is associated with higher cholesterol levels and weight gain, previous research has shown.
Ditching your TV is one of the first steps to a healthier bedroom, says Ann Bingley Gallops, feng shui expert and the founder of Open Spaces Feng Shui in Brooklyn. The healthiest bedroom is one that’s dedicated to calming sleep, and distractions like TV impede that with unwelcome electromagnetic energy, she says. Whenever Gallops stays in a hotel, she covers the TV with a towel or blanket.
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And a television isn’t the only bedroom fixture potentially hampering your wellbeing and the quality of your sleep. Here, Gallops shares 5 easy fixes for an optimal sleeping sanctuary:
Kiss work goodbye Your spreadsheets, your bills, your laptop—banish them from the bedroom. “They remind you of stresses in your life that you need to let go of in order to relax and get a good night’s sleep,” Gallops says. Replace your desk with a comfortable chair to create a soothing atmosphere—one that’s more about you than your job.
Go mirror-free “Mirrors in the bedroom magnify every sound and light source, no matter how tiny, creating distractions that disturb your natural nighttime body rhythms,” Gallops says. In her view, mirrors introduce hard, aggressiveyangenergy in a space that should be nurturing and totallyyin.
Make your bed Yup, mom was onto something. An unmade bed is a form of clutter, which reflects the difficulties and stressors in your life. Making your bed also provides closure to the act of sleeping and lets you transition to the rest of your day, Gallops says. Still a doubter? A 2011 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that bed-makers were 19% more likely to report getting a good night’s sleep.
Unplug The jury’s still out on the safety of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure, but Gallops recommends that all electronics be kept at least 36 inches from your head or feet—the most vulnerable entry points on the body, according to feng shui. Leave your phone on the other side of the room to cut down on the waves.
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Avoid “poison arrows”Sharp corners and harsh angles should never point in your direction, Gallops says. These “poison arrows”—a bedside table corner, for instance—send sharp energy at your body while you sleep. Lie down and look around to identify the culprits, and drape them with cloth or rearrange your furniture to blunt the edges.
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