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Energise your Bedroom as you follow Kon Mari.

1. Sleep closer to the floor 

This is exactly how humans have always slept. It was made famous in the west by the Japanese method of using tatami mat and laying a futon or Shikibuton. This is not unique to only Eastern Asia but is common across India and Africa.

Scientifically, it helps to align your spine perfectly instead of sinking into foams and coil springs that are a bit unnatural in its support. A part of our body that falls out of alignment over time are your hips. These imbalanced muscles cause the back to strain and with poor posture lock or trap nerves

Shikibuton laid on the floor

Another benefit of this is one that is most credited with this practice, saving space. In the morning, the mattress can be rolled away and the space used for waking hour activities.

2. Invite Nature in

Generations across prior centuries had a common element  in their bedroom– aspects of nature. It varied from a landscape window to large paintings or animal murals. The most ubiquitous was placement of indoor plants and herbs.

A growing body of research suggests that spending time in nature helps with our circadian rhythm and to increase melatonin. This can work for warmer climates and in geographical zones where it’s possible to spend time outdoor, hence we need to the best to imitate this.

Bringing the natural world to your bedroom creates harmony and peaceful ambience. Imagine being out on the hills in a camp site during summer months, you wake up to the crisp air outside when sun shines through. This same energy flows in your bedroom helping powerful strokes and purity to imbue your morning by sleeping with a large window that opens to get in sunlight.

Not all plants can make it into your bedroom.

NASA did an extensive study that is very useful to understand how beneficial botanicals are and which ones help with genre of chemicals. There are specific plants though, that can be used indoors given the oxygen to carbon dioxide cycle is reversed.

Snake plant, repulsive in name is actually a favorite of architects/designers. They emit oxygen at night, improving the air around you so that you sleep better. They are also known to remove some harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, benzene and toluene.

3. Warm and cosy lights

Natural lights were replaced since the modern metropolis buildings and large rise buildings were being designed. The movement went too far and its deleterious effect were the target of multiple studies. It is now a well known fact the natural light in all times of the day is extremely important for humans. You will have personally noticed the uplifting feeling when you walk into a home or building that has a lot of windows providing natural light into the living space.

Sleep research advocates a dark environment for your sleep but it is not just during sleeping hours but we also need to focus on what is after and prior to falling asleep. The bedroom needs to reverberate with a warm glow and allow as much natural light as possible. Colors on the color temperature scale from about 2700-3000K are called warm colors. These are the reddish or yellowish whites and are typical of incandescent lamps. Candle and match flames are typically in the range of 1700-1900K. One way to design it is by adding string lights.

Warmer colors resonate with us for the evening because of the color of the evening sunset or morning sunshine. As we age, we need more white light as our retina gets more yellowish.

The bedroom above highlights the love of nature within a warm bedroom and just by glancing you are enveloped with a a tranquil vibe and flowing energy.

Remember slow is better.

The idea of a perfect bedroom may be difficult to achieve and we all have differing views so it might not even be a common picture. Right from the beginning, aim for principles of your bedroom design without focusing on the outcomes. Each item and every arrangement will then have a meaning and reflect the clear intent by which it was placed.

It is also important not to rush things, as with most things it’s more important to get the direction right rather than the speed. May you create a beautiful bedroom to guide your life with spirituality, power and loving energies