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Monday, October 11, 2010

feng shui nightmares – sleeping under a window and other causes

Rose knows when you sleep under a window your energy levels get weaker over time as it is neither proper support nor protection. If you cannot move your bed there are two feng shui steps you must do: First, a strong and solid headboard and secondly you need heavy drapes/curtains to create a solid wall behind you. The position of your bed is the most important feng shui piece of furniture to optimize personal health and well-being. There are three things that make a great feng shui bed.

Good headboard – While asleep your body is busy repairing and regenerating itself on many levels. Your head needs protection and support just like your back needs support from a good mattress. The best feng shui headboards are made of solid wood.

Good mattress – There are many brands of mattresses on the market today. The better you sleep at night the better your health and productivity during the day.

Good height – To allow a balanced feng shui energy flow under your bed you need to have your bed at a reasonable height above the floor. Beds with built-in storage units are considered bad feng shui beds because the energy cannot flow around your body when you sleep.

If you have these requirements the next thing to consider is the position of the bed or what is known as the feng shui commanding position. This position is the area further from the door/diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door, any door including closet or bathroom. You want to be able to see the door while you are lying in bed, but not be in direct line with door. Your bed should also have a good supporting wall behind it, balance on both sides and no sharp angles from furniture pointing at you while you sleep. Never have electrical appliances on either side of your bed. If you want the best feng shui try to eliminate all electrical appliances from your bedroom. If you switch from an electric alarm clock to a battery operated one you will lower the harmful EMF’s in your bedroom.

Do not place your bed at an angle or in a corner as you should be facing your best feng shui direction. These are the general sleeping directions and their result:

Head pointing:
South: Increased family fights. Good for sex life, though.
South East: Encourages social activity and better communication.
East: Good for old people - keeps people busy and brings career luck.
North East: The Nightmare bed direction. Stimulates motivation, however.
North: Relieves insomnia but slows down life activities.
North West: Promotes deep sleep, good for parents and people with many responsibilities.
West: Makes a person lazy - wanting things lacking the motivation to get them.
South West: Creates good partnerships, though partners are more reluctant to take risks.

The truth be told there are very few bedrooms with the perfect feng shui unless you have had the design while building your home with this in mind. Let’s review some feng shui bedroom challenges.

Mirror facing the bed – A mirror facing the bed is a big no for feng shui. Two schools of thought, the first belief is when you sleep at night your soul is supposed to leave your body and when it leaves the first thing it sees is a reflection of itself and gets startled and this is what causes nightmares and a restless sleep. The second is when you sleep your body recharges itself with fresh chi and the negative chi leaves your body; if there is a mirror facing you the negative chi cannot leave you. This does not just apply to mirrors, anything reflective like a photo, painting, computer screen or metal surface. If you cannot move the mirror place a cloth over it when you sleep.

Bed in line with the door – You do not want you bed in line with any doors.

Beams, chandelier or ceiling fan – The only thing that should be above the bed is a soft canopy. Ceiling beams above the bed are a feng shui nightmare. They can be a source of cutting chi and the beams carry a tremendous load, and this pressure is focused into the beams generating chi which continues downwards, placing direct pressure on you while you sleep.

Some tips:
Paint the beams; drape fabric over the beams; hang bamboo flutes 2-3 inches below the beam to soften the load (the flutes are hung at a 45-degree angle to the beam with the mouthpiece downwards).
Sharp angles – Be sure to neutralize all sharp energy that is aiming at you while you sleep.

Bed under a sloped ceiling – If you sleep under a sloped ceiling you energy is heavily constricted. This will inhibit your body’s ability to regenerate itself. Sloped ceilings contribute to low energy and emotional instability.

Bed access only one side – This will limit the flow of energy to the bed and your body will not receive the optimum help it needs. It also can limit the flow of communication between partners. Even with limited space you can still position the bed to have room on both sides. You may not have room to optimize balance but you can improvise similar nightstand energy on both sides.

Use two small plant stands as night tables or two stacks of books to create the same feeling. Although this feng shui balance rule is especially important for couples do not neglect it if you are sleeping alone. Your body still needs a good flow of energy on both sides of the bed. Restricting a flow of energy will ultimately restrict the energy you need for good health and well-being.

Does your child have nightmares about monsters under the bed or in the closet? Does your young child have difficulty falling asleep? If you don't have proper feng shui bed placement in a child's bed room, this could be the cause. Proper feng shui bed placement gives a child a sense of security and control. This is an important part of a child's development. If your child is having trouble sleeping, make sure the bed is in the command position as the first step to a good night's sleep. If your child wakes during the night because of nightmares or refuses to go to sleep because there are monsters in the closet or under the bed, feng shui bed placement will help provide a feeling of safety and inner peace.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Warning: Baby Sleep Aide Linked to 12 deaths

Rose knows that the childcare giant MOTHERCARE took the dramatic step after US consumer watchdogs said they had "serious" concerns over baby sleep positioner sleep aides.  They urged parents to stop using the product until their children are old enough to roll over.

The warning came after it was reported that some babies had become trapped and suffocated in them.
Mothercare has moved quickly to pull the Head 'n' Back, Resting Up and Snugglenest sleep positioners off its shelves while it reviewed the American announcement.

Last night the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed it had received 12 reports of infants between the ages of one and four months dying when in or next to the positioners over the past 13 years. CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum said: "The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC.

"We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep." Mothercare spokeswoman said: "Due to concerns raised in the US over the safety of infant sleep positioners we have decided to remove them from sale while we review the situation."
The CPSC said it had received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in the positioners only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the products. The watchdog said the babies had suffocated in the positioners or become trapped and suffocated between the positioner and the side of their cot. Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position.
Mothercare advised parents who had already bought the products to stop using them once their baby was able to roll over freely and had started to move around during sleep.

It also said the positioners should not be used for infants under 6 lbs, must not be dismantled and should only be used in a cot on a flat surface. It also repeated advice that babies should always be put to sleep on their back. The positioners typically carry claims that they help to keep infants on their backs and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids).

But the CPSC and the FDA said they were unaware of any scientific studies demonstrating that infant positioners prevented Sids, suffocation or other dangers.
resource: Baby sleep aid link to 12 deaths | The Sun |News
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Rose Sheepskill