Dream Haven

Dream Haven
3. Purify Your Pillows
One of the best ways to purify your sleeping space is also the cheapest: Replace your current pillow with an organic cotton or wool pillow or cushion from Abundant Earth (abundantearth.com), Real Goods (realgoods.com), or Rawganique.com. "Your nose is right there breathing in fumes from the foam," says Dadd. "For less than $60, you can make a significant change in your health." Wool offers additional benefits to allergy sufferers, since it's naturally resistant to dust mites.

4. Tame the Decor
Displaying photos of loved ones brings positive energy into a bedroom, as long as the wall decor is kept simple. "Don't put up too many pictures," says Levitt. "One per wall is plenty." And avoid art with violent or chaotic imagery. "In feng shui, the first thing you see when you wake up is very important," notes Linn. "If it's a great piece of modern art, but the imagery is jagged, that's not great for your energy."

Some consultants advise against mirrors in the bedroom, but Levitt says they can open up the space. "Just make sure they're not cracked, glazed, or tiled," she adds. "Cracks show breakage and flaws; glaze doesn't reflect clearly; and tiles break up your image, as though it's hard to bring together different aspects of your personality."

5. Dim the Lights
Street lamps and other outdoor lighting can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle because melatonin, the hormone that helps govern sleep, responds to light and darkness. For soundest snoozing, dim your bedroom at night with a thick, dark cotton canvas, and let in the morning sun when it's time to wake; this will help you stay synchronized with your own body rhythms.

Lighting defines a room's aesthetics as well. Overhead lights lack atmosphere, so install a dimmer switch or use small lamps. "Overhead lighting doesn't belong in the bedroom," says Dadd. "I prefer gentle lighting that puts you in an inward-looking frame of mind."

6. Send In the Scents
Filling the air with a luscious yet subtle fragrance makes your bedroom nearly spa-like. Linn suggests adding a few drops of calming essential oil like neroli, rose, or jasmine to an aromatherapy diffuser (available from Aura Cacia for $15; frontiercoop.com), while Levitt recommends chamomile, lavender, or clary sage.

7. Clear the Air
Keeping your windows open works wonders toward purifying indoor air of dust, mold, pet dander, and chemicals from household cleaners. "Fresh outdoor air is essential for good health," says Dadd.

Once winter rolls around, however, letting in that oh-so-cold fresh air may not seem as appealing. "But even if you crack open your window just an inch, it can help," says building biologist Athena Thompson, author of Homes That Heal. "If you have one or two people sleeping in a closed room for eight hours, it depletes the air of oxygen and increases carbon dioxide, so you wake up feeling sluggish and headachy." Add an extra blanket or two on chillier nights.

8. Power Down
Television picture tubes, wireless Internet connections, electrical wiring, and cellphones emit electromagnetic fields that may contribute to frequent waking, aches and pains, and muscle spasms, according to Lawrence Gust, a building biology consultant in San Marcos, Calif. To reduce your EMF load, remove electric cords and devices from the bedroom—or at least from within 8 to 10 feet of the bed—and disconnect Wi-Fi and multi-handset cordless phones.

"The time that you spend in your bedroom should allow for your body to be more connected with its own electromagnetic fields, rather than those coming from electronic devices," says Dadd.