Having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep?
Let's face it, falling asleep is not as simple as counting sheep, and nothing can be more frustrating than tossing and turning in bed.
After a long tiring day, the last thing you want is thoughts flooding your mind, keeping you awake when all you want to do is shut down. Anything and everything from work stress and financial tension to worrying about the kids in college, a sleep disorder, or a health issue can cause your nights to be restless.
Sure, sleeping pills may help, but they'll only help until you take them, and they certainly won't get to the root of the issue keeping you awake. In fact, once you stop taking them, you may even experience bad withdrawal symptoms.
So the best way to ensure good sleep is to prepare your mind and body beforehand. This could mean exercising during the day to be tired out at night, eating a light dinner, having a warm shower, dimming the lights, and turning off digital devices at least an hour before bed. The key is to settle and relax the mind, and to do this we need to balance and align our energy. This is where crystals can help.
In this post, we'll discuss how crystals can help you sleep, enable you to recall your dreams, and prevent nightmares:
Table of Contents
- Understanding Crystals and Sleep
- Activating the Root Chakra for Sleep
- Different Ways Crystals can Affect Sleep
- Crystals for Restful, Relaxing Sleep
- Crystals for Dream Recall
- Crystals for Nightmare Relief
- How to Use Crystals for Sleep
- Key Takeaways
Understanding Crystals and Sleep
The first thing to understand when it comes to crystals and how they can help you sleep is that not all crystals are the same. Each crystal has its own unique vibration and individual energetic frequency.
While certain crystals can be great at relaxing and calming the mind, others may actually stimulate and invigorate.
A good analogy for this is essential oils. Like crystals, essential oils are also derived naturally from the earth, but just as lavender is a soothing oil, long associated with relaxation and sleep, lime oil, on the other hand, is best known for its stimulating and refreshing scent.
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Crystals work in much the same way. Some have calming, relaxing vibrational frequencies, while some are more stimulating, and since most crystals naturally amplify energy, those who are more sensitive to these vibrations may actually become more stimulated.
So for example, a stone such as clear quartz, which is a powerful amplifier, or an energizing stone like citrine, may not be conducive to good sleep. However, a stone such as howlite, or a balancing stone, like lepidolite can assist in good sleep and also prevent over-stimulating thoughts that may cause bad dreams.
Activating the Root Chakra for Sleep
As a rule of thumb, most crystals that support the root chakra support calm, restful sleep. The root chakra (first chakra) is the lowest chakra located at the base of the spine. It is associated with all of our core functions and behavioral mechanisms, such as security, survival, food, water, sleep, physical needs, and being grounded. These basic needs form the foundation on which we build our lives.
When the root chakra is balanced you'll feel secure, energetic, confident, and grounded. Imbalances in the root chakra can make you feel anxious, fearful, depressed, and insecure. A constant build-up of all of these negative emotions can undeniably obstruct healthy sleeping patterns.
By engaging in activities that activate the root chakra, you will feel more grounded and relaxed.
A few ways to do this include connecting more with nature — this could mean taking a hike, going camping, working in your garden or simply taking care of some potted herbs in your balcony. You could also take up a cooking course or start cooking healthy. Surrounding yourself in a nurturing environment and staying connected with the earth, will keep you rooted and give you a sense of peace and security.
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You can also perform root chakra meditation or root chakra healing to clear and balance your root chakra, prepping your mind and body for improved sleep.
Different Ways Crystals Can Affect Sleep
When it comes to using crystals for sleep, ask yourself two questions:
- What type of sleeper am I? A light sleeper, or deep sleeper?
- How do I want crystals to help me sleep? Do I want crystals to help me sleep better, prevent nightmares, encourage vibrant, joyful dreams?
Once you have ascertained how you want crystals to assist your sleep, you can choose the right crystal to help you.
Below we'll discuss which crystals can help in peaceful sleep, which can assist in recalling your dreams, and which can be used to prevent nightmares.
Crystals for Restful, Relaxing Sleep
Although crystals haven't been proven scientifically to help with physical and mental well-being, there's a reason why they've been used for thousands of years for healing. Each crystal has its own charge or vibration that directly affects your own energy field.
If you're dealing with sleep issues, calming, relaxing vibrations from crystals can help to calm your own energy field, allowing you to have better, restful sleep. That said, if you suffer from a major sleep disorder such as chronic insomnia, crystals can help create tranquil energies, but should not be seen as a complete replacement for doctor intervention.
Here are a few crystals that may help you get more restful sleep:
An incredibly calming stone, selenite is also protective and uplifts gently, so you wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Having selenite in your space, placing it at the foot of the bed, or holding it in your hand for a quick meditation before you turn the lights out can help free your mind of clutter, leaving you in a calm state with your mind programmed for a better night's rest.
That said, since selenite is a crown chakra stone if you are a light sleeper, it may be a bit too much for you. It's advisable to use grounding crystals such as tourmaline or red jasper to balance both the crown and root chakra energies to keep you grounded as you sleep.
2. Rose Quartz
A stone emitting gentle, loving energies, rose quartz is perfect for the bedroom and provides comforting, soothing energies as you sleep.
It's also an excellent stone to have on your bedside table. It promotes relaxation in the bedroom by lessening the effect of harsh energies in your space and surrounding you with soft, compassionate healing energies.
A root chakra stone, hematite is protective and deeply grounding. It will help you sleep by shielding and protecting you from negative energy in your space and keep you rooted.
It also helps induce feelings of security and comfort. You will wake up feeling grounded and recharged to start your day.
4. Red Jasper
Another stone attributed to the root chakra, red jasper helps stabilize your energy when you sleep. It protects the aura and keeps your personal energy contained.
It also aids in removing nagging thoughts, worry, stress, and anxiety. It is great for calming anxious thoughts, frustrations, and brings emotional protection. Placed under the pillow it can help in remembering your dreams.
A stone with a gentle, soothing energy, howlite can help you if you find that you have difficulty falling asleep due to pent up anger, and suffer from a bad temper.
Carry howlite with you throughout the day to create peaceful, calming energy around you and within you to prep you for a night of slumber. You can also place it under your pillow to soak up stress vibrations and continue to provide calming.
Turquoise is highly beneficial for reducing stress and cleansing your energy as you sleep. It provides emotional balance, improves mood, and helps promote a feeling of well-being.
A stone of personal protection, turquoise can shield you from negative energy and help heal emotional wounds as you rest.
7. Smoky Quartz
This is a wonderful stone to add to your bedroom. Smoky quartz emits calming energy and is an excellent stone to use for depression and grounding.
If your mind is filled with nagging thoughts, negative thinking, and worries about the future, this stone will help to calm the mind and ground your energy, so you wake up feeling fresh and ready to begin a new day.
8. Black Tourmaline
Providing deep grounding and protective energies, black tourmaline helps to neutralize scattered energy by absorbing negative energy like a sponge and then grounding it. As you sleep, it cleanses the energy in your aura, providing intense relaxation.
Some people may experience this as a deep release of energy and may actually feel drained and depleted, as it absorbs unwanted and unhelpful energy from your system. Be sure to cleanse and clear tourmaline (burying in the earth, works well), to clear and release the negative energy absorbed.
Crystals for Dream Recall
For most people, having vibrant dreams may not be their idea of a restful night's sleep. If a good night's sleep is what you want, scroll above to discover crystals for relaxing and restful sleep.
However, if you've always had the complaint that you never have dreams or hardly ever remember your dreams, this section is for you.
Firstly, understand that everyone has dreams. Sleep is when the subconscious mind really awakens and is at its best.
Crystals can help you remember your dreams and the signals they reveal so that you can interpret them to gain a better understanding of yourself which can help you deal with the current life situations you're facing.
Crystals can also influence and induce lucid dreaming (when you know you're dreaming, so you have more control over your dream), and astral travel (an out-of-body experience that can occur while dreaming).
To remember your dreams, right before you go to sleep, do a bit of light meditation, or state a positive affirmation such as, "When I wake up, I will remember my dreams." Be sure to have a notebook or a device to record your dream on your bedside table, so as soon as you wake up, you can record it as that's when it will be most vivid and fresh in your mind.
Below are a few crystals which can help with recalling your dreams:
Amethyst is frequently recommended for relaxing sleep and insomnia, and even though it may work for some people, it naturally carries a high vibration which can be very stimulating. This exact characteristic and its ability to activate the third eye (6th chakra) and crown (7th chakra) makes it a good stone to use for dreamwork and lucid dreaming, but perhaps not for a good night's sleep.
You can place amethyst under your pillow and it will allow you to tap into your dreams and access the depths of your subconscious mind.
As the name suggests, moonstone is a stone connected to the energy of the moon (lunar energy) and is great for dream recall and lucid dreaming. It also helps with emotional balance and can help with issues like nighttime teeth grinding.
Moonstone has a gentle vibration that does not force but eases you to connect with your imagination and enter a dream state.
11. Rainbow Moonstone
Similar to labradorite, rainbow moonstone has an incredibly deep, intense sheen, and is also called 'white labradorite.'
This striking stone is a more powerful form of moonstone in terms of activating the mind and subconscious and opening yourself to different states of spiritual consciousness. Rainbow moonstone is a good stone for lucid dreaming and deflecting negativity as you sleep.
12. Herkimer Diamond
In spite of their name, Herkimer diamonds are not pricey. They are in fact a type of quartz that is terminated at both ends.
An excellent stone for dreamwork, Herkimer diamonds will help you to recall the hidden messages in your dreams and also help cleanse your energy as you sleep. This is important as they can remove heavy energy associated with certain types of dreams, so you wake up feeling light and refreshed.
Popular amongst the Mayans as a 'divination stone,' who believed it revealed a person's psychic abilities, Azurite is a go-to stone for dream work.
Azurite activates the third chakra allowing you to explore depths of your subconscious you may not have thought of possible. It may also help to arouse your intuition and enable you to control your dreams.
A stone of deep inner peace and harmony, celestite is a calming dusky blue stone and can help connect you to your angel guides and the spiritual realm.
It is a good stone for encouraging good dreams, helping you recall your dreams, and may even assist in astral projections. These visualizations can assist you greatly as you walk down your guided path.
15. Dream Quartz
Mined out of Columbia, dream quartz is a fairly new stone which is basically quartz with inclusions of epidote and prehnite. Epidote naturally helps to raise one's vibrational energy and is great for coming out of a negative thinking pattern. Prehnite is a calming stone, great for personal healing.
Combined with the powerful amplifying properties of quartz, this stone helps to open up your spiritual side and aids you in attracting stories and patterns to form dreams to guide you down your path, and remove any negative influencers to those dreams, so you wake up feeling sharper and more focused.
Crystals for Nightmare Relief
All dreams are a window into our subconscious.
Dreams can help us to interpret our deepest thoughts and desires, connect to the spiritual realm, and guide us on our journey. However, sometimes this magical and calm realm can become dark and polluted.
When you wake up terrified in the middle of the night, or can't fall asleep out of fear of having haunting dreams or nightmares, you may feel quite helpless.
Crystals can help to bring back this state of security and peace, and help to banish your nightmares for good.
Below are some of the best crystals to use for nightmare relief:
Plagued by obsessive thoughts that just don't seem to go away? Lepidolite is a calming stone that soothes distracting thoughts and helps filter out outside disturbances that can interfere with a good night's rest.
Containing lithium, it's a natural mood-stabilizer and helps ease an overactive mind and preventing nightmares. Place lepidolite under your pillow to calm, stabilize, ease feelings of anxiety, and promote better sleep.
17. Dalmatian Jasper
Dalmatian jasper contains specks of black tourmaline and provides protection against negative thinking, depression, and nightmares.
It has the ability to convert negative vibes of energy to positive vibrations, which is useful for calming nightmares and grounding frantic energy as you sleep.
Ametrine is a blend of amethyst and citrine which activates four chakras at once — crown, third eye, solar plexus, and sacral. This overall activation creates a passage and enables energy to flow, protecting your aura as you sleep.
A natural stress-reliever, ametrine also helps to ward off negative thoughts that lead to nightmares.
A beautiful apple green to dark green stone, chrysoprase is helpful for dealing with restless thoughts and brings clarity.
It provides relief from strong, oppressive, and harsh images in dreams by softening them or enabling you to deal with them, and is a good stone to use for recurring nightmares.
20. Mangano Calcite
A soft, light pink stone, Mangano calcite has a loving compassionate vibration and provides support from emotional trauma, helping to deal with grief. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, relieving fears which can often lead to disturbing thoughts and nightmares.
The stone is also believed to assist in astral travel, and like most calcite stones is an excellent energy cleanser.
It's also important to note...
If you have a lot of bad dreams and nightmares you may need to realign your space for nightmare prevention.
A lot of clutter in your bedroom can impact your thinking, leading to cluttered thoughts and nightmares. Remove the clutter and you'll feel the difference.
Energetic cleansing of the space can also be very helpful in dispelling stuck negative energy that's hanging around, causing bad vibes and dreams. Burn some sage and let in fresh air and sunlight to cleanse the space of stagnant energy.
You may not realize it but the vibrations coming from digital devices can also affect your thoughts and energy. They may keep you alert and your mind constantly active. It's best to keep your computer or your phone out of the bedroom, (or even turn off the Wi-Fi) when sleeping to not have this energy interfere with your sleep.
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- Amethyst - Sleeping with this crystal brings healing energy to your dreams, promotes deep sleep, and attunes your brain waves to the frequency of calm
- Moonstone - The perfectly named crystal for sleep, this stone is known for stabilising emotions and associated stresses, providing calmness which will help you drift into the land of dreams
- Lepidolite - The calming energy of Lepidolite is one that many can benefit from. Relieving exhaustion and soothing the nervous system, this is a wonderful stone for promoting joy, gratitude and self-love, yet all in an extremely serene and peaceful way
How to Use Crystals for Sleep
Before working with crystals for sleep issues, you must follow a few steps to prep them to be used so that they can assist you best in fulfilling your purpose.
Cleanse your crystals
Burn some sage or Palo Santo, bury them in the earth, or let your crystals sit out in the sun or in full moonlight to remove any built-up negative energy. This will help to cleanse and recharge your crystals to be used for healing.
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Place them carefully
Placing crystals in a specific spot in the bedroom depends largely on the crystal itself and how you want it to help you. For example, an amethyst geode can't go under your pillow so may work on your nightstand. However, if you find this high vibration energy is interfering with restful sleep, place it further away in the bedroom.
Smaller crystal tumbles can go under your pillow. Some crystals such as selenite work well when placed at the foot of the bed to help with grounding as you sleep. Experiment with moving crystals around the room and with different stones to see what works best for you.
Visualize your intention
Once in bed, just before going off to sleep, meditate with your crystal for a while and focus on your desire for how you want the crystal to help you. For example, you may visualize a desire to recall your dreams or you may desire a night of restful sleep.
Say a prayer or a positive affirmation on how you want it to help you. This could be something like, "I want to have a peaceful night of sleep." Now place the stone on your nightstand or under your pillow before you drift off.
- To ensure a good night's sleep, prepare your mind and body beforehand. Turn off the phone, dim the lights, exercise during the day and have a light dinner
- When it comes to crystals, remember less is more. Crystals have their own unique vibrations which can be calming and relaxing or energizing and stimulating
- Choosing the right crystals for sleep is important as high vibration crystals may not be conducive to sleep and may not work well for light sleepers
- Activating the root chakra and balancing it can help you feel secure, balanced and grounded, leading to healthy sleep patterns
- Deciding if you want to use crystals for sleep, dream recall or nightmare prevention will help you choose the right stones
- Make sure to cleanse your crystals, place them carefully in your space, and visualize your intention before using them to aid sleep