A Healthy Bedroom for Children and Teens
Apr 04, 2011 01:44AM
● By Kandi Phillips
Sleep is necessary to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function optimally. Studies have revealed that by not getting enough rest we have a shorter attention span that leads to problems in concentration at school or work. According to the National Sleep Foundation, while our need for sleep changes with age, the average is 7-9 hours. The bedroom is considered the most important room in the house for relaxation and regeneration.
A parent’s biggest challenge is trying to accommodate their child’s bedroom for sleep and play. Most bedrooms have no division between the two opposing functions. If there is a family room or playroom elsewhere, then this is ideal to prevent stimulation from toys in the bedroom. Otherwise, create a sleeping area and a play area within the room with ample storage for the child to clean up each night.
Children that share a room should have it divided so they have an area they can call their own private space. Bunk beds are not considered suitable since the child’s space is restricted and their energy field is too close to the ceiling or top bunk. Canopies over a bed can offer protection and still keep the energy flowing, but clean often so not to harbor dust. The bed should have a solid wall behind the head. It should be made of natural materials such as wood and be away from electrical outlets or electronics. A metal bed is not suggested for children as this conducts heat and electricity.
Electronics, electric outlets, and lights emit strong electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) that artificially stimulate the body. These man-made EMF’s oscillate through the body at 50 hertz per second. Eliminating EMF’s in the bedroom is essential for a peaceful night’s rest. If you have outlets positioned behind the headboard, then cut out cork to place between the outlet cover and the electric box. If your child has a computer or TV in the bedroom place it on the other side of the room and plug into a surge protector that is either on a timer or turned off each night. Consider a battery powered alarm clock that simulates the sun.
Furniture with round corners or round shapes will prevent minor accidents but also eliminate the cutting affect into the child’s energy field. Ceiling fans present the same cutting affect; therefore, I recommend hanging a 30mm round faceted crystal from the pull cord. Take notice of what you see in your child’s room at night when the lights are out. Rooms with dark corners that cast shadows or strange shapes at night will be disturbing to a child. Let your child be creative with expression through décor in the room.
Kandi Phillips offers Decorating, Organizing, and Feng Shui consultations throughout the Treasure Coast. To learn more about ways to create a private space for your children call 772-299-0705 or visit www.AwakenYourSpace.com.