5 Simple Steps to Sleeping Better:
Balancing the Yin & Yang Energy in Your Bedroom
by Laura Morris
Loud, high-energy spaces are not conducive to sleep and bedrooms generally should lean toward a quieter, yin energy; but a restful bedroom is about balance. Harmony is achieved when the duality of yin and yang is blended effectively. It is important to add the right yang elements because too much yin energy can leave us groggy and lethargic. Here are five simple steps that can help to balance the energy and create a relaxing mix of both yin and yang elements.
5 Simple steps
1. Darkness: dark and quiet are yin qualities. 73% of Americans say a dark bedroom is important for sleeping. Use blackout window treatments to keep light and muffle sound. An area rug will also absorb sound which will help keep the bedroom quieter.
2. Make the bed: Clean, flat surfaces are yang. Also clearing around and under the bed allows energy to flow smoothly. A study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found a direct link between cluttered bedrooms and sleep deprivation. The findings showed that hoarders generally had poorer sleep, which compromised cognition.
3. No electronic devices: removing stimuli and activity is yin. Keeping your phone out of the bedroom promotes a quieter, darker and less active space. The light from your phone stimulates your brain, waking you. Also a recent study found a direct connection between chronic lack of sleep, worsening mood and greater reliance on Facebook browsing.
4. Color: lighter, airy colors are yang. Keeping the walls and bedding a calming, lighter hue will help to clarify the energy in your bedroom. Pale blues and teals are nice options for walls. Simple white duvets with green or yellow sheets keep the energy uplifting. According to a study by Travelodge in the UK; households with a blue colour scheme in the bedroom get the best night’s sleep.
5. Meditate: mindfulness meditation is both yin and yang. Sitting and watching your breath during meditation calms, clears and moves the energy. Creating a small area to sit and meditate in the bedroom will increase overall restfulness. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that found that mindfulness awareness practices improved the quality of sleep with the potential to correct sleep issues such as insomnia and stress in older adults.
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Laura Morris is a certified Feng Shui consultant, artist, and designer. Through her articles, workshops, TV appearances and consultations, Laura has helped thousands of people to shift their ch’i and revitalize their living spaces, increasing both energy flow and harmony. Laura believes that by combining awareness, Feng Shui and creativity you can transform your space and personal energy. She emphasizes the importance of meditation, intention setting, and mindfulness. When she’s not painting, creating or writing Laura is working with her clients, helping them to revitalize spaces, recharge their spirits, and renew their energy. Find her on Facebook .
National Sleep Foundation
Sleep Quality and Sleep Disturbance in Those at Risk for Hoarding Disorder, American Academy of Sleep
UCI researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep University of California Irvine
The Secret to a good night’s slumber is to sleep in a blue bedroom. Travelodge.
Mindfulness Meditation and Improvement in Sleep Quality and Daytime Impairment Among Older Adults With Sleep Disturbances Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
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