The literal definition of feng shui is “wind” (feng) “water” (shui). The Oxford dictionary defines feng shui as “(in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” This might lead one to ask, can feng shui help us to sleep better?
I would love to say that we have all of the answers and that feng shui will help you get your best night’s sleep every night. Unfortunately, there is no concrete or scientific evidence to support the claim that feng shui can help one to sleep, and yet feng shui has been around for centuries. One would have to conjecture that it has remained popular for so long because, well, it works.
There are some aspects of feng shui that are more difficult to achieve if you have already bought your house. For example, feng shui suggests a bedroom to be in the back of the house versus the front of the house. It’s also recommended not to have your bedroom next to a stove or the kitchen. Without major renovations, you might not be able to achieve either of these. Other feng shui practices are a little bit easier to accomplish. Having the head of the bed on the wall that is directly across from the door and not placing a bed underneath a window are often much easier to do.
Feng shui explains that sleep and work don’t mix, so you should not have your workspace in the bedroom. This aligns with other sleep advice we have given in our blog - “The more you can associate your bedroom with sleeping, the better you should sleep while in it.” (You can read that full blog here).
If you do an internet search, you will find a myriad of articles about feng shui and sleep. There are some great books out there, too, that will give you the low-down on what you need to do to achieve your best sleep with feng shui.