Can Sleep Crystals Improve Your Sleep?

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Last Modified 12 November 2021 First Added 5 November 2021

By Lottie Salako

For thousands of years, humans have used crystals and healing stones as part of their spiritual practices. The recent rise of alternative medicine and natural remedies has brought the mystical power of crystals to popular culture. While there’s no definitive scientific proof that crystals have any ability to heal or improve our health, scientists acknowledge the power of the placebo effect and how spirituality can have a healing impact on those who believe.

“[Crystals] properties may not be scientifically proven, but if they can enhance someone’s healing journey, that’s a good thing.”

How Can Crystals Improve Sleep Quality?

Sleep can be disrupted for many reasons, including emotional concerns such as anxiety, stress, and nightmares. It may be possible that crystals can offer some relief. Using crystals in your nightly routine may help you unwind and get the peace of mind needed for a restful night’s sleep.

Remember the use of crystals should not replace medical advice or intervention. Please consult your GP regarding any physical or mental health issues.

Which Crystal is Best For Sleep?

Each stone has unique properties assigned to it that can reportedly help with different issues and so it’s  important to choose the right one for you. This guide will go through common sleep issues and explain which crystal is best suited to alleviating the problem.

Insomnia

  1. Moonstone

The aptly named moonstone is one of the best crystals for those with sleep problems, so it’s commonly used to help people suffering from insomnia and having trouble falling asleep. While there’s evidence that the moon itself affects sleep, the moonstone draws on the calming and restorative power associated with the celestial object.

 

  1. Rose quartz

Due to its beautiful pink appearance and positive influence, rose quartz is one of the most popular healing crystals for all kinds of rituals and routines. It’s associated with the heart chakra, meaning that it encourages inner healing, friendship and love, making it a top choice for relaxation and combating insomnia.

Anxiety

  1. Amethyst

A protective and calming stone, amethyst is often used to alleviate anxiety and allow for the user to get better sleep. It’s also known to enhance spiritual energy and psychic abilities, which can help with lucid dreaming and astral projection.

 

  1. Lepidolite

This lilac-coloured stone has been used by spiritual healers for many years because of its association with emotional stability and assistance with personal growth. Lepidolite has a high quantity of lithium, an element used as a mood stabiliser, which is why many believe it to be the best choice for relieving anxiety and mood issues. If you’re finding it hard to turn off your mind and sleep, then lepidolite is a good option.

 

  1. Angelite

Connected with the spiritual realm because of its serene blue colour, angelite is perfect for encouraging calm, positive thoughts. Use angelite for sleep if you have negative thoughts and stress that you need to let go of.

Dreams + Nightmares

  1. Labradorite

Also known as rainbow moonstone, labradorite is said to act as a dreamcatcher because of its links with your third eye chakra. It can help to bring clarity to your thoughts and alleviate worries that may be manifesting as nightmares when you sleep.

  1. Jasper

Jasper is said to encourage a healing environment and help with feelings of guilt, fear, and frustration – all of which can give you bad dreams. Dalmatian jasper is said to be the best stone for dispelling nightmares.

  1. Howlite

For quelling an anxious mind, blue howlite is becoming very popular. This crystal reduces nightmares and night terrors by quieting overactive minds and calming anger or violent emotions, which can disrupt sleep. It may also help you to remember your dreams and understand the hidden messages in them.

Sleepwalking

Selenite is an ethereal-looking white stone closely connected with healing and protection, meaning that it’s often recommended to stop sleepwalking. There are many causes of sleepwalking, some emotional and some physiological, but selenite may help to allow the body to rest and keep you from harm if sleepwalking does occur.

Crystals to Avoid

Moldavite is an interesting crystal as it was formed from a meteorite impact around 15 million years ago and isn’t recommended for aiding sleep. Due to its extra-terrestrial nature, moldavite is reported to have an intense energy that’s best suited for invigorating oneself throughout the day, rather than unwinding for sleep.

How to Use Crystals For Sleep

If you’re thinking about adding crystals into your night-time routine but aren’t sure how, there are a few ways to do so. Each method has its own benefits, so one or all can be used depending on what feels right to you.

Meditation

A good way to introduce crystals into your daily routine is to use them during meditation. While meditation itself can promote good sleep, incorporating crystals into your practice means you can connect with the properties of your stone and focus on what you want it to do for you.

In The Bedroom

Many people use crystals and gemstones as jewellery and decoration because they are beautiful but choosing the right ones for your bedroom can also help improve sleep. Placing larger crystals on your bedside table or by a window can allow the healing influence to affect the environment of your bedroom, allowing you to relax and get a better night’s sleep.

Follow our guides to feng shui and vastu shastra to learn more about the best layout for your bedroom.

Under Your Pillow

The most common use of crystals for sleep is to place them under your pillow. This is especially recommended for stones associated with the crown or third eye chakras.

You shouldn’t keep crystals with pointed edges in your bed for your own safety. If you do like the look of raw gemstones or crystal obelisks, then keep these beside your bed.

In the Bath

Placing crystals in the bath can help charge the water and infuse you with the healing properties of that stone. Taking a bath is highly recommended for people who need help relaxing before bed, so combining the two can make a soothing night routine. Try using your stones to massage certain pressure points known for relaxation.

Make sure you check the porosity of your stone before submerging it as some crystals, like selenite, may be damaged by doing this.

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