The Practicality of Feng Shui Bed Positions
By Chris Brown
Feng shui, the ancient practice of decor, is based off arranging indoor spaces to optimize a room's life energy or chi flow. You don't have to believe in chi, though, to benefit from the teachings of feng shui when it comes to bed positioning. There are five feng shui bed position tips that are in line with modern sleep psychology and common sense.
Commanding Bed Position
Feng shui's commanding bed position places a bed where a sleeper can see the bedroom door, but is not in line with it. The rationale is that chi enters through the bedroom door. By positioning oneself out of the door's path, one is not bombarded by excessively direct energy, but "commands" the energy as it flows throughout the room.
The practicality of this bed position lies in humans' primal desire for safety during sleep. The commanding bed position allows a view of any intruders while remaining partially hidden. If sleeping in a less ideal position, the subconscious hesitates entering deep sleep. Instead, the mind remains partially heightened, ready to wake in case of danger. The commanding position is inherently ingrained in humans, as a study for the Evolutionary Psychology journal discovered. When tasked with arranging bedroom floor plans, participants predominantly chose positions in which the bed allowed a view of the door, but was distant from it.
Headboard Against a Wall
Headboards and walls generate supportive energy for feng shui sleepers. From a different viewpoint, space above your sleeping head brings an insecure feeling that correlates with the primal desire for sleep security. A wall is one direction from which a predator can't attack. By placing one's head against it, a head-side attack isn't something the sleeping subconscious has to worry about.
Don't Share a Bed's Wall With the Bathroom
Feng shui's explanation is that bathrooms flush away energy, both good and bad, or even generate bad energy. By resting the bed against a bathroom, one's exposure to bad energy or drained energy is greater.
One may not consider the problem of sharing the bathroom wall until they are woken by a midnight flush. In general, any contacted wall exposes the sleeper to noises and movements from the other side.
Allow Spaces on Both Sides of Bed
Ideally, a bed has at least 18 inches of space on either side. This establishes a yin-yang balance of masculine and feminine energy for feng shui. Practically, it provides more exits and entrances to the bed and doesn't trap the sleeper against a side wall. If two are sharing a bed, it also allows midnight bathroom runs without crawling over a bedpartner.
Reduce the Bed's Access to Electronic Devices and Screens
Limiting bedroom electronics is a modern feng shui addition that follows the principle of the bedroom as a restful place. There is significant data on screens' disruptiveness on circadian rhythm. The less access one has to screens, the less likely they will be to fall asleep with it blaring. One trick is to make sure your cell phone charging chord only reaches the edge of your bed. This discourages extended bedtime cell use while still allowing access to turn off morning alarms.
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