Why you should put a glass of water under the bed at night

Bad vibes in the bedroom? A glass of water under the bed could be the solution

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Does something feel off in your bedroom or even life in general? The solution could be as simple as a glass of water, and no, we're not just telling you to stay hydrated.

It's said that a glass of water under the bed absorbs the bad energy while you sleep. And, you can tell it's worked its magic if in the morning there are bubbles or cloudiness.

Intrigued, we asked a celebrity psychic and Homes & Gardens' Feng Shui expert and they agree that water can dramatically alter a home's energy.

Why you should put a glass of water under the bed at night

If you're having one of those days, or weeks, the 'glass of water under the bed' cleansing ritual could be a good test to eliminate the bad vibes. 

Celebrity psychic Inbaal Honigman points out that there are thousands of cleansing and protection spells in every culture, putting this ritual into some context: 'From a St. Christopher pendant worn by Catholics to protect during travel to putting your crystals on the window sill to cleanse and charge under the full moon, we are all aware of many a cleansing ritual and do some of them intuitively, like sprinkling salt or opening a window to get rid of a bad vibe.'

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Inbaal Honigman
Inbaal Honigman

Inbaal Honigman is a psychic who uses Tarot astrology, palmistry, clairvoyance, and other methods of divination in her readings.

Inbaal Honigman, explains that water is a very sensitive and reactive element, and is specifically the element of emotion and intuition – hence the phrase 'I feel it in my waters'.

'As such, water will absorb any negative energy around it,' says Inbaal. 'If there's a depressing or oppressive vibe in the room, a glass of water will absorb it. Place it under the bed so you don't step on it when you get out from under the covers. 

'Get rid of the water in the morning, because fresh water works best. Pouring into a plant that will enjoy it is good magical practice – and observe the water for any changes before you chuck it away. A bubbliness, cloudiness, or a change of texture may suggest that your water has absorbed something nasty.'

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'The glass of water under the bed isn't something I'd come across previously, and this really made me conscious of those glasses of water I've swigged in the morning which sat through the night on the bedside cabinet! That's not going to happen again!' says Suzanne Roynon.

Suzanne explains that water is often used to enhance the positive Feng Shui in a home, whether looking at Feng Shui in the bedroom or any other space in the home. 'We use moving water to encourage a flow of good chi and abundance into a home, and the location chosen is entirely dependent on the unique combination of the Feng Shui energy required in each individual home,' she says. 

Where the water goes will also depend on your Feng Shui energy map, and if you do choose a moving water remedy, place a small water pump, at Amazon, into a large glass container or vase.

Suzanne Roynon
Suzanne Roynon

Suzanne is a specialist Interiors Therapy Expert and author of Welcome Home, How Stuff Makes or Breaks your Relationshipavailable on Amazon. She has spent more than 25 years in corporate and charity roles, using her ability as a therapist and public speaker to help people understand their relationship with their homes and possessions.

'In some very specific situations, it can be beneficial to welcome in a new love, but the most important thing to remember is that to support Feng Shui the water has to be constantly moving,' Suzanne reiterates. 'That’s because, as mentioned above, still water absorbs the energy around it, regardless of whether it’s negative or positive.

'For that reason, when morning comes, never drink the glass of water which sat on a nightstand while you slept.'

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To make it more effective, sound and energy healer Andrea Donnelly suggests adding a pinch of salt and praying over the glass of water before placing it under your bed, or somewhere else in your room, to amplify your intention. 

'Something like, “thank you water for all that you do. Please help me safely, clear my space of anything out of alignment with my home’s highest good.” You can set an additional intention that in the space good vibes fill the “energetic space” made by drawing out those bad vibes!'

It might seem a little unusual but anything that encourages us to create a calm and intentional sleep space is a good thing in our book. Taking a few minutes to make our bedroom more soothing is a way of looking after ourselves. And there are so many ways to do this, whether that's trying a ritual like this, giving ourselves our own turn-down service, picking up a pillow spray, or investing in the best pillows

Looking at the layout of your bedroom and decluttering your nightstand will also work wonders, as so often these areas get overwhelming and messy.


How can I change the energy in my home?

Cleaning is a good place to start, whether cleaning a bedroom or doing a deep clean. Open the windows wide and try cleansing with salt, or refreshing your space with sage, which is actually one of the oldest ways of dispelling bad energy. In the bedroom, remove electronics as this can add to the negative energy and certainly won't help you unwind.

If it means we will sleep better and shake off stagnant energy, we're willing to give it a try.

Millie Hurst
Section Editor

Millie Hurst is a freelance lifestyle writer with over six years of experience in digital journalism. Having previously worked as Solved Section Editor at Homes & Gardens and Senior SEO Editor at News UK in London and New York, Millie has written for an array of homes brands including Livingetc and Real Homes and was formerly Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home. She has written and edited countless features on home organization, decluttering and interior design and always hopes to inspire readers with new ways to enjoy their homes. She lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and loves to weave nature-inspired decor and nods to time spent in Italy into her own home.