If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, you have probably pursued a number of different solutions. The choices of sleep therapies seem to expand by the day, with sleep monitoring bracelets, white noise machines, alarm clocks that react to your sleep cycles, and endless variations of relaxation inducing teas hitting the market. Of all of the possible options you can choose from, one that can be extremely effective has the advantage of being thousands of years old. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui offers a way of balancing the energy in your living space so that it provides optimum health and harmony. By incorporating Feng Shui into your bedroom, practitioners believe that you can greatly improve your opportunity to have a peaceful and restorative night’s sleep. Here are several ways that you can put the art of Feng Shui into practice in your bedroom to give yourself a richer, more satisfying sleep experience. Choose Your Be Materials Carefully Natural materials like wood and soft and welcoming materials like upholstered headboards have a better flow of energy than do ones that are made of metal or equally cold and hard materials. Though ancient Chinese rules don’t specifically mention a type of mattress, there is no doubt that having a comfortable bed to sleep on would also aid in the overall peaceful aura. Arrange Your Room Strategically [caption id="attachment_780" align="alignleft" width="267"] The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui offers a way of balancing the energy in your living space so that it provides optimum health and harmony.[/caption] Feng Shui has very specific rules regarding the way that furniture is placed in the room – it instructs that certain pieces should be in the commanding position, and in the case of the bedroom, that piece would be the bed itself. In order to put the bed into this position you need to have your headboard against a sturdy wall but not touching any walls on the right or left side. Nightstands to either side are fine, and may actually be advantageous as they are considered to be ‘grounding.’ Mirror should never face the bed because it is believed that they drain energy, and it is important that the bed is never in direct alignment with a door. Use Restful Colors in Your Decorating Scheme According to Feng Shui philosophy, some colors are supportive of an individual’s energy and others drain them. Determining which colors are best for you is determined by which of the five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal or water — you most closely associate with, and if you use that color in your decorating scheme, it will aid in the restfulness of your environment. One important note — make sure that you utilize earth tones, as they provide warm energy. Simplify One of the top rules of Feng Shui is to declutter any excess things that clog your energy flow. Feng Shui practitioners urge simplicity, and suggest donating or discarding anything that may be impeding the natural flow of energy in your room.