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Green is where the Heart Is for November 14, 2012

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.” ~Leo J. Burke

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

When I meet people who have heard a little about feng shui, generally the first question is, “Which way should my bed face?”  Since I practice ‘pyramid’ feng shui, a scientific approach combining nature’s patterns with contemporary physical and social sciences, my first question would be, “How do you sleep?”  Years ago at an ASID conference one particularly arrogant, older gentleman retorted, “I sleep like a baby.”
“Then your bed is in the right direction,” I responded without asking date of birth or any other typical compass questions.  He stepped back, sized me up and smiled, “That is the first time someone actually gave me a reasonable answer.” 
Up to 40% percent of Americans have sleeping difficulties.  Feng shui demands that good quality sleep is crucial to good health.  Most of us need 7-8 hours of sleep to maintain healthy immune systems, feel emotionally in control and yes, even keep excess weight off.   How does your bedroom support you for good sleeping patterns?   Consider all your senses. 
Is your bedroom dark?  Our bodies run efficiently on circadian rhythm which affects mood, perception and enables critical chemical reactions in the body.  This rhythm is nature’s way of cycling through the yin and yang of daily living.  We need daylight to reduce depression, improve healing and the immune system, but it is darkness that clues our bodies to produce melatonin, the body’s “sleep hormone.”   Several studies provide disturbing evidence that suppressing this hormone may increase the risk for certain cancers since melatonin is thought to help protect genetic material from the mutations that lead to cancer including childhood leukemia.  Even the glow from an alarm clock, a smartphone or any other electrical appliance could disrupt circadian rhythm.  Does your neighbor have an outdoor security light that comes streaming through your windows?  Blackout window treatments are an easy way to protect from light pollution. 
Is your bedroom quiet?  Sleeping with the TV on is an insult to your body.  Many people watch TV to relax but your brain is being programmed by violence, commercials or whatever else randomly comes across the screen whether you are awake to realize it or not.  Worst case scenario, use a sleep timer. 
Is your bedroom cool?  The ideal sleeping temperature in a room is between 60 to 68 degrees according to Dr. Martin Cohn, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Southwest Florida.   A drop in body temperature triggers sleep. 
Does your bedroom smell fresh?  71 percent of Americans say they sleep better if it does.  Certain essential oils help people get to a dreamy state of mind.  Recently I stayed at A Crowne Plaza Hotel that not only provided shampoo and soaps in the bathroom, but also a little box at the bedside table titled, “this works: sleep.”  Enclosed were 2 mini solutions for a better night’s sleep.
One was a roll-on blend of frankincense and eucalyptus to clear the head and help you breathe.  The other was a deep calm pillow spray of a blend of lavender, vetivert and chamomile essential oils.
Is your bedroom cluttered?  Everything surrounding you is speaking a language.  If your room is messy with all sorts of things out of place, it is shouting to you, reminding you of unfinished chores and provoking stress.  
What else are you surrounding yourself with as you sleep? 
Keep bedrooms as minimal as possible.  Save multitasking rooms for other areas of the home and create a peaceful retreat for rejuvenation, reserving the only activity for your significant other.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.