Arrange your bedroom exactly like this if you want a better night's sleep

In these chaotic times, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear you’ve been having trouble sleeping (same here). If you’ve tried everything and anything to improve your sleep quality with no luck, you might want to consider taking some time to get smart about your bedroom design. Quitting coffee after lunchtime and abandoning your phone in another room before bed are great hacks for making it easier to fall asleep at a decent hour, and a dedicated wind-down routine or a little meditation in the evenings can help put you in the right relaxed mood. But no matter how much you set yourself up for some good shuteye beforehand, if your bedroom isn’t conducive to sleep, you may still find yourself tossing and turning.

“Your bedroom, the arrangement of your space, and everything in your space has a huge impact on your sleep quality,” says Anjie Cho, an interior architect and feng shui designer. “If you’re not in control of your bedroom space when you’re sleeping, everything that’s in your space absolutely can affect you, from the mundane aspects like the light quality to the electronics.”

You may be in a passive state, Cho explains, but your brain is by no means turned off when you’re asleep. Your subconscious mind can still process external stimuli and thus be affected by your surroundings.

Want a bedroom that will help you sleep better? Here’s how to arrange your bedroom, according to interior designers:

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How To Hack Your Suboptimal Holiday Sleeping Arrangements

featured recently on MindBodyGreen by Lindsay Kellner

image credit: Katarina Radovic via  MindBodyGreen

image credit: Katarina Radovic via MindBodyGreen

There's no place like home for the holidays, and yet, if you're like most people, you're traveling. While it can be wonderful to travel, getting out of our regular routines can shock our bodies, making it more difficult to eat healthfully, stay regular, and, perhaps most importantly, to sleep well. We spoke to our experts Anjie Cho, a feng shui specialist, and Ellen Vora, M.D., mbg class instructor who specializes in anxiety and is a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed medical acupuncturist, and certified yoga teacher. Both provided tips on how to ready your space and body to get your best sleep ever no matter where you are. Here are their pro tips:

1. Clear the space.

Whether it's a hotel room, sofa, or your childhood bedroom—a space that's been used by someone else or left dormant for weeks (or months) needs clearing. "There can be residual energies from the people that have stayed there before or just from the people you're staying with," Cho said. The holidays in particular can make you feel more sensitive than usual to "foreign energy," she warned. "By clearing the space, you're just giving the place a little perk to provide a restful and spacious sleeping situation while traveling."

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Bedroom Makeover: 9 Feng Shui Tips for Better Sleep

featured this month on Daily Burn by Tiffany Ayuda

image credit: Twenty20 via  Daily Burn

image credit: Twenty20 via Daily Burn

We all know about the many factors that come into play when it comes to sleep: gut healthnightly shutdown routine and exercise. But your sleep environment also says a lot about the quality of zzz’s you get at night. Ill-fitting pillows, clutter and distracting electronics can be major sleep thieves.

If designed right, though, your bedroom has limitless potential. Between those four walls, you can have a sanctuary, a REM fortress, a dream world… This space can also symbolize your relationship with yourself, your partner and the most important things in your life. And feng shui — the ancient Chinese practice of balancing energies in any given space by placing your furniture and belongings a certain way — might help.

Anjie Cho, feng shui expert, interior designer and creator of Holistic Spaces, says, “Your bedroom represents you. Other than maybe your office, you spend a majority of your time in your bedroom, especially if you get six to eight hours of sleep at night.” And that’s when the so-called magic happens: “Because you’re unconscious and in a passive state while you sleep, you’re open to absorbing energy around you more easily,” Cho says.

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DIY Laundry Detergent + Other Secrets To A Knockout Sleep

featured this month in MindBodyGreen by Kayla Jacobs

image credit: Stocksy via  MindBodyGreen

image credit: Stocksy via MindBodyGreen

Sometimes, even when your head hits the pillow, your brain doesn't stop. It knows sleep should come, but it wants to think about both pressing and mundane things! When we lose awareness of the present moment, our minds get stuck in maladaptive ways of thinking. Restorative solutions to calm the mind and body are key, as is perspective: A couple of nights in a row of insomnia won't have a huge impact on subsequent days.

But we also know it's often easier said than done. Luckily, there are a handful of helpful tips and tricks we swear by to get the anxiety out and combat sleep problems both big and small. Whether they'll help you get into bed more relaxed, get out of bed more rested and glowing, these tips endeavor to get you rising and shining with the absolute best of them.

Feng shui your bedroom.

"One of the simplest ways to start to heal your life is to use feng shui in your bedroom," says feng shui healer Anjie Cho. "The bedroom is the area of your home that is closest to you. Think about how many hours you spend there! This room holds your personal qi, so think carefully about all the objects you have surrounded yourself with. I love Black tourmaline and clear quartz together to protect and purify the bedroom energetically from electromagnetic forces that affect your sleep and healing."

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