How To Feng Shui Your Living Space

There were feng shui experts before there were interior designers!

The art of feng shui centered around energy levels and not around the matching carpet or upholstery. By arranging the rooms in your home a certain way, you could promote an ideal energy flow and find peace and harmony in your life. People also believe that a balanced bedroom provides additional benefits such as:

  • Wealth
  • Enhanced social circle
  • Finding love
  • Improved health
  • Maintaining a healthy relationship
  • Fertility

The practitioners believed that energy binds humans, earth, and the universe together, and to harness it to its potential, buildings and their interiors should be arranged in a specific manner.

The origin of this science dates back to China more than 3,500 years ago. Pronounced fung-shway, it translates to wind-water.

But enough with the history lesson. Let’s dive right in and show you how to make the perfect feng shui bedroom.

What Makes a Good Feng Shui Bedroom?

Your luxury bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in a bedroom. Not only do you spend a lot of time here, as the focal point of a room, it also has a tremendous influence on the flow of energy in your bedroom.

Your bed should be accessible from both sides, so if one side is against the wall, it’s time to move it. The headboard can be facing the wall to properly position energy around your bed and hold on to the good stuff.

Each side of the bed should have a nightstand, though they don’t necessarily have to match. Experts also recommend having a high-quality bed frame and mattress with natural fiber bed sheets. The bed would ideally be low to the ground, and nothing should be placed underneath it.

Good Airflow

Toxic air is harmful to both your health and a room’s energy. Make sure your bedroom has at least a window and keep it partially open when possible.  Plants are also adept at cleaning the air, but not all plants recommended for the bedroom. Feel free to bring in lush, green plants, but avoid the cactus because of its “spiky” energy.

Position your plants in the east and southeast areas of your bedroom when possible.

Another way to promote airflow is to use a diffuser with natural essential oils.

Good Lighting

Lights with dimming capabilities are best because they allow you to mimic the movement of the sun. Allow bright light to shine in during the morning, and then dim the lights in the evening.

Candles can be used to create a warm and relaxing environment. However, avoid scented candles made from synthetic ingredients as their toxins can be harmful to you and the room’s essence.

You’ve heard the argument against having electronics in the bedroom before. Electronic devices ruin good energy, and the EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) could be harmful to your health. Plus, if you want to get a full night of quality sleep, the last thing you need is your work laptop in your bedroom with you.

Happy Art

The bedroom should contain positive imagery only. Place art on the wall that reflects an experience or vision you’d like to have.

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Bed Placement Directions

Put It Against a Strong Wall

The head of the bed should be placed up against a strong wall, rather than sitting in the middle of the room. A strong wall means one of the longest in the room. It should also be a full, floor-to-ceiling wall, not a dividing wall or slanted wall. Think of your bed like the command center and place it according to that.

Keep It Balanced

It should be accessible from both sides, so avoid placing one side against the wall. Remember, only the head should be at the wall. Also, enclose your bed with balanced nightstands, one on each side. Again, the bedside tables don’t necessarily have to match.

Avoid Sharp Angles Pointing at You

Look around your room at the furniture and check for items that have sharp edges. When you’re lying in bed, none of those sharp angles should point at you. The theory behind this is that the sharpness will attack your spirit.

Keep It Away from the Door

Since energy flows out of doors, avoid placing your bed in line with the door. Ideally, it should be situated far from the door and a diagonal angle. Sometimes, that’s not possible due to space constraints, especially if you have a small bedroom. It’s okay to have your bed near a door or not diagonal to it in those situations, as long as the bed is not directly facing the door.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best feng shui bedroom colors?

One of the best feng shui bedroom colors is those that match skin tones. They could range from white to brown and everything in between, including khaki, beige, and ivory color tones

Another school of thought says that the colors in your room should match your “element,” which could be wood, fire, earth, metal, or water. Each element has an ideal color. For example, if your energy is fire, then green is most suitable for your bedroom. For wood people, blue creates the most harmony. To find out which element you are, you can chart your personal element, which is based on your birth year.

What is the best placement for mirrors?

There are different schools of thought and rules regarding mirrors, but it’s widely believed that they don’t belong in a bedroom. That’s because they double the amount of energy activity, which could be overwhelming and distracting for sleep.

People who subscribe to that theory say it’s okay to have a mirror in a bedroom if it’s placed behind the closet door or away from the bed. A Chinese superstition says that if you wake up and see your reflection in the mirror and you’re by yourself, then you’ll be that way forever.

Mirrors are beneficial in other parts of the home, however. They create a doubling of energy as well as anything that’s in their reflection. Therefore, if you place a mirror in a dining room and the mirror reflects the table’s image, then, in theory, you’ll have good fortune and double abundance.

Conclusion

Though much of what we discussed was related to energy forces, most of these principles are grounded in sound design practices as well. Perhaps it’s a coincidence, or maybe it’s the universe’s way of creating harmony regardless of your internal beliefs.

One of the most remarkable things about feng shui is that you can start arranging and improving the energy in your bedroom without spending any money. As you get rid of clutter and begin organizing your space, you might decide that it’s time for some new purchases, but the most important thing is how you arrange your space to achieve balance, not necessarily what you put in it.

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Sleep Hygiene: How to make your bed the right way?

There’s more to hygiene than brushing your teeth and taking regular showers, you know. Excellent sleep hygiene can have a remarkable impact on your overall health, even more than hitting the gym.

And it’s not just about duration, though that’s a part of it. Slumberzone New Zealand’s research team has rounded up all the research to help dispel the myths about navigating the best path to your personal sleep health.

If you wake up with your bedsheets tangled up around your feet, then you’ll benefit from this guide about how to make your bed.

Because no one likes tangled sheets!

You’ve probably been making your bed for decades, but have you been doing it right?

We can tell you that making a bed isn’t rocket science, but there are some crucial steps to keep in mind to ensure you get the best and most comfortable night of sleep possible.

Layers of a Bed

Base Layers

There are two optional layers that you may want to include:

  1. Dust ruffle – This is a piece of material that goes around the box spring to hide it and prevent the area under the bed from showing. It’s also called a bed skirt. There are ruffled versions (hence the namesake) and more streamlined versions as well.
  2. Mattress pad – Although it’s technically optional, we view a mattress pad as a requirement. Some brands have comfort layers to soften your mattress, but the primary purpose of these is to protect the fabric of your mattress. All sorts of things can seep through your sheets and onto your mattress. Sweat and other bodily fluids will cause embarrassing stains when it comes time to move or donate your mattress. Putting a mattress pad or protector over the surface will keep it looking new.

Bottom Sheet

The bottom sheet is often fitted with elastic at the edges or all around. Fitted sheets are often the bane of people’s existence when it comes to folding, but they’re important for providing you with a clean and comfortable sleeping surface.

Top Sheet

The next layer is the top sheet. The color and pattern will usually match the fitted sheet unless you decide to purchase each piece individually so that you can mix and match.

Blanket

Blankets are optional depending on the season and your personal preferences. You may choose to place the blanket between the top sheet and the top layer, or you may want to leave the blanket folded at the end of the bed or store it in a basket. The choice is yours.

Top Layer

The top layer is a comforter, duvet, or quilt. Duvets are becoming a popular choice because they’re easier to take care of. A comforter or heavy quilt would have to be professionally cleaned, while a duvet cover can go in the washing machine and then cover a quilt easily.

Pillows

Interior designers recommend following the rule of odd numbers. This means putting either 3,5 or 7 luxury pillows on the bed. Since you technically need only one or two pillows for sleeping, have a sanitary storage place (not the floor) to store pillows when they’re not in use. A basket by the bedside table or a trunk is both ideal.

Clear the Bed

Start with a clean surface. Place pillows, duvets, quilts, blankets, and the top sheet aside. Avoid putting them on the floor. Instead, drape them over a chair or another piece of furniture.

Put the Fitted Sheet

The term “hospital corners” originates from the way hospital beds are made, but the term is also used in the hotel industry and the military. It’s widely viewed as the best way to make a bed. The end effect is crisp and luxurious, even though the name has none of those qualities.

  • Here’s how to do it in five easy steps:

  1. Make sure your top sheet is placed squarely on the surface with equal amounts of material hanging from both sides.
  2. Neatly tuck the end of the sheet into the foot of the bed between the mattress and the box spring or frame.
  3. There should be a panel of fabric hanging down from each side. Starting on one side, lift the material and lay it on the surface. Straighten out any wrinkles.
  4. You’ll notice that there’s a triangular piece of material dangling. Tuck it underneath the mattress.

The last step is to take the piece of fabric that you reserved earlier and tuck that underneath as well. You should see a nice, clean seam, similar to when you wrap a present.

Place the Duvet or Comforter

If you’re using a comforter or duvet only, this part is easy. All you have to do is place it on the top of the sheets or blanket and make sure that it’s placed in the

What can I add to make it comfier?

A functional mattress pad is our first tip to make it more comfortable. Extra pillows and soft blankets also work wonders and recreate the feeling of a sanctuary.

How can I layer a bed with a quilt?

Yes, definitely! The only limits here are your imagination. If the weather is cold, an additional quilt can keep you warm. Or, if you’d prefer to use it as an accent piece, fold it in thirds and lay it at the foot.

What are the benefits of making your bed every day?

Making your bed every day is an ideal way to begin the morning. You get to start the day having accomplished a task, and you can carry that momentum and positive feeling with you all day. And, when it’s time to go to sleep, there’s nothing more inviting than a crisp, well-made bed to make you feel snug as a bug in a rug.

Sources :

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-candy/201208/make-your-bed-change-your-life

https://www.sleepadvisor.org/how-often-should-you-wash-your-sheets/

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Get out of bed – Get a routine | How to keep yourself busy during these testing times

Busy doing nothingEight months into 2020, and we have been home for most of them. The world has come to a standstill of sorts, with only very essential services functional. We have been forced to stay at home to minimize the spread of CoronaVirus. While New Zealand was declared free from Coronavirus a few months back, the virus is back and it feels like RESET. Most of us are now working from home, and it might become a more permanent thing now. This does not mean you spend all your days in bed. Staying in bed and catching up on lost sleep on what feels like the best mattress in New Zealand was okay initially, but now it’s time to get into a routine and keep yourself busy and relaxed. Here is how you can do that.

EXERCISE

With crazy working hours, a lot of us stopped focusing on staying fit and healthy. Those who did hit the gym or any other classes cannot do that anymore. Take this lockdown as an opportunity to get back to exercising. Start small, 15-20 minutes a day, follow youtube channels for yoga, use that treadmill you bought but never walked on or just put on some music and dance it out. If you live with family or roommates ask them to join and keep each other motivated. The important part is to get your body and heart rate moving.

Exercise

START AN INDOOR KITCHEN GARDEN

With long lines at supermarkets and stores, now is a good time to start an indoor kitchen garden. You can save some money and bring down your food waste. It can also teach you to slowly move towards more sustainability. Certain vegetables are super easy to grow from kitchen scraps. All you need is scraps and a pot.

KITCHEN GARDEN

READ

Most of us love to read a good book, but our busy work schedule left us with little energy or time to read. But since you are home now, you can spend that extra hour you would spend commuting to your workplace, reading instead. Reading is an excellent way to reduce stress and gain knowledge. It will also help you focus better. Read before going to bed or when you want a break from working on your computer.

Read

COOK

Though take out and delivery from restaurants is allowed, why take unnecessary risk. Cooking is a great activity to keep you busy and happy. Get back to cooking your own food, try making things you always wanted to. Recreate your favorite meal from your favorite joint. Good food can uplift your mood more than you think.

BAKE

On days you feel low, and not motivated enough to get out of bed, baking can be very therapeutic. Getting up and putting all that effort into baking your own bread or some delicious cupcakes will all be worth it. You won’t have to miss out on all the cakes and desserts that you would normally buy from the market or your grandma’s cookies. For those of you who are not alone, it can be a great way to bond with your family or your roommates.

Organize your shelves

Most of us always put off organizing our storage shelves and wardrobes. Not anymore. Start by organizing a small bookshelf or a kitchen cabinet and slowly move on to bigger storage. Neatly arranged clothes, books or any other product for that matter can be oddly satisfying.

Meditate

Meditation is the best way to reduce stress and control anxiety. It also helps emotional health. While it is not easy to meditate, start small. Even just 5-10 minutes of meditation can make a huge difference.

So, the next time you find yourself over exhausted from working or just bored, try one of these activities.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Buying A New Bed | Slumberzone Buying Guide

Buying a mattress can be a difficult decision. From choose between a King Size mattress or a Queen Size mattress to the technology, foam and fabric -mattress and bed buying is not as simple as sleeping on it. Here is a quick infographic guide from Slumberzone – 10 things you should know before you buy a new bed. This will help you choose the correct mattress size, a good mattress company and a mattress that best suits your needs and preferences.

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INSOMNIA: How it affects you and how to treat it

Good sleep is extremely important for one’s health. It helps keep your mind healthy. While you’re asleep, it repairs and rests your brain for the next day. It also enhances your learning skills. Good sleep also helps keep you physically fit. It helps repair your heart and blood vessels. That is why sleeping well is as important as eating healthy and exercising.

 Adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep. We get in our beds, looking forward to some much-deserved rest, but we often find ourselves tossing and turning on our king size mattresses. More often than not, we give little thought to why it is that we did not sleep well. A night or two of less sleep is alright. It starts getting serious when it becomes an everyday affair. You start dreading going to bed.

Losing out on sleep can be a result of a number of factors, some of them being stress, mental health disorders, side effects of medications, and other health issues. A prolonged period of sleeplessness can have the following effect on you: 

POOR HEALTH

One of the foremost effects of Insomnia is poor health. It causes your blood pressure to shoot up which increases the risk of heart conditions. Less sleep also affects the release of insulin. People with a sleep disorders have a more glucose level. Poor sleep can also cause obesity and a weaker immune system.

MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

When you don’t sleep well, you tend to get moody, extra emotional, and easily irritable, so when you don’t get enough sleep you become anxious about not being able to sleep. This can trigger anxiety and depression.

LEADS TO FORGETFULNESS

Another side effect of insomnia is short term memory loss, which makes day to day function quite a task. This can affect your work as well as your personal life.

IMPAIRS COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING
Insomnia causes deterioration in cognitive functions. People suffering from insomnia find themselves with reduced attention span and less focus.

TREATING INSOMNIA

Though insomnia can cause you a lot of problems, it is very much treatable.  These can be natural as well as medical measures or a mix of both.

SLEEP HYGIENE

Sleep hygiene is a set of habits to follow, that will help you sleep better. Some of them are

  • Stick to a sleep routine. Fix a time to go to bed every night as well as a time to wake up.
  • Exercise regularly for at least 30 mins.
  • Fix a relaxation routine before sleeping.
  • Meditate or do yoga that will help you sleep better right before bed.
  • Go to bed only when you are sleepy. Don’t just lie there, tossing and turning. Get up and read, stretch, drink some chamomile tea. Go back to bed when you are ready to fall back asleep.
  • Switch off your phone.
  • Make sure you have enough natural light exposure in the day.
  • Make sure your mattress is comfortable enough, and your room is dark enough. You can use an eye mask if your curtains don’t block enough light.
  • Use apps that aid in sleeping.

MEDICAL HELP

For people who suffer from chronic insomnia simply following sleep hygiene alone might not be of help. In such cases, seeking professional help is important. Go to your general physician and explain your situation to him. Based on the severity of your insomnia he can prescribe antidepressants or sedatives. While the road to treating your insomnia is not an easy and quick one, give it enough time and you will sleep like a baby soon enough.

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Take Care & Sleep Well 🙂

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5 Easy & Natural Remedies For Insomniacs

Insomnia is one of the biggest problems facing people today, with 30% of the population reporting some symptoms according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Insomnia can increase anxiety and depression, reduce your productivity, and cause serious health problems over time.

Getting to sleep can feel impossible for some people, and with medications causing a series of side effects, many people choose to go without.

But there are natural ways you can improve your health and get a good night’s sleep. Here are some useful & effective methods to cure insomnia naturally. Before you search for Mattress stores near you, you must read our blog to know more healthy and natural way to cure insomnia.

1. Exercise To Promote Deep Sleep

Exercise is by far one of the most effective ways to improve your sleep naturally. It can also help you get a deeper sleep, promoting recovery for your body.

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A recent study found in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research showed that five sessions of resistance training a week significantly boosted sleep and sleep quality. Participants were able to fall asleep faster, easier, and get a longer sleep.

Different forms of exercise are just as effective. Another study in the European Journal of Sport Science showed that early-morning aerobic training helped people get to sleep earlier at night.

It helps in many ways. Exercising helps you expend energy, which naturally leads to being more tired. Your body needs to recover, hence a higher need for sleep. It’s also been proven to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety – two widespread causes of insomnia.

In addition to the improvements in strength, cardio, and overall health, it’s the best natural way to reduce insomnia. If you are an insomniac and finding it hard to overcome insomnia, you must read and share this blog to find a cure for yourself and others.

2. Change Your Diet To Include Foods That Promote Sleep

If you’re living a stress free and healthy lifestyle, your insomnia might just be a simple dieting issue. The foods and drinks you consume can have a serious effect on your quality of sleep.

Caffeine is one of the main suspects. While a healthy cup of green tea or black coffee in the morning won’t hurt, drinking caffeine throughout the day can severely impact your sleep. Drinking energy drinks or hot beverages late at night is bound to keep you up.

Foods helps you sleep

The foods you eat can also hurt you. A 2016 sleep study showed that a diet low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats will lead to a lighter and low-restorative sleep. Alcohol will also worsen your sleep quality.

It’s important to not overeat as excess energy will make it increasingly hard to sleep. You should also include healthy, sleep enhancing foods in your daily diet plan. Foods high in tryptophan or serotonin like yogurt, turkey etc.

3. Stick To A Sleep Schedule

One of the primary causes of insomnia is an irregular sleep schedule. Going to sleep at the same time every night is essential to consistent healthy sleep.

Stick to a sleep schedule

Staying up late to watch TV, use the internet or study is often responsible for reduced ability to sleep. A BMC Public Health study on Taiwanese university students found that those with an irregular sleep schedule received lower quality of sleep and less sleep overall.

Training your body to go to sleep at a certain time has huge benefits for your health. You’ll naturally be able to sleep quicker and get a deeper, more restorative sleep.

You need to sleep at the same time every night, avoid naps, and only use your bed when you’re sleeping.

Try turning off distractions such as your TV, smartphone, and laptop an hour before hitting your bed. It’s also important to cut out any food or drink a few hours before bedtime.

It may take some time for your body to get used to, but as your sleeping schedule becomes regular, you’ll find yourself getting to sleep with ease every night.

4. Use Relaxation Techniques To Eliminate Stress

With stress and anxiety being common reasons for insomnia, learning relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga can help you sleep better.

Relaxation Techniques

Sleep expert Dr. Andrew Weil developed the 4-7-8 sleeping technique – a breathing exercise designed to help insomnia patients. This involves sitting up straight, inhaling through your nose for 4 seconds, holding your breath for 7, and slowly breathing out for 8.

Scientific research found that mindfulness meditation is effective for reducing daily stresses and reducing insomnia. Just 20 minutes a day can help you feel more relaxed physically and mentally.

Yoga is also a powerful sleep aid, both as an exercise and relaxation technique.

Daily stressors like your job, money, and relationships can affect your sleep if they weigh on your mind. Use these techniques to clear your mind, relax your body, and ultimately get to sleep.

5. Improve Your Sleeping Spaces

The right environment is essential to the quality of your sleep. If you feel uncomfortable or irritated at night, you may just need to redesign your bedroom.

It’s worth investing in the right sleep equipment. Comfortable pillows and the right covers can make a real difference to your sleep. But your mattress is the most important factor when it comes to sleeping comfortably.

Pocket sprung mattresses are the most popular choice, offering consistent firmness and body support. However, choosing a mattress comes down to personal preference. Some people find they sleep better on a memory foam or gel mattress.

Regulating temperature can also help; being too hot or too cold will make it hard to get to sleep. Try turning the air conditioning up and using lighter covers in the summer. When winter rolls around, get a thicker duvet and crank up the heating.

Improve sleeping spaces

Things light dim lights, lavender diffusers, and blackout curtains can also help you sleep. Make sure to use your bedroom purely for sleeping and stay out of it otherwise – this is an effective psychological trick that helps reduce insomnia.

While many people turn to medications for sleeping, it’s much healthier to cure insomnia naturally. These healthy sleeping life hacks will make it easier to sleep, improve your sleeping quality, and even improve your health and quality of life. Try them out before anything else and get a good night’s rest.

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