Crystals are wonderful natural resources that can help us in many day to day situations. For some people, the calming and soothing vibrations of certain crystals are invaluable for getting a good rest, but what are the best crystals for sleep? And what crystals should not be in your bedroom under any circumstances? In this blog, we’ll take a look at all the essential information.
The Best Crystals for Sleep
The most important thing to remember about crystals is that they work differently for different people. Their effectiveness can vary from person to person, and it's important to explore and experiment with different crystals to find those that resonate with you personally.
That said, you definitely don’t want to have clashing energies in the bedroom when you’re trying to sleep. Some crystals that are generally suitable for your sleeping space include:
- Howlite: known for its calming energy, Howlite helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be useful for those who struggle with an overactive mind at night, as it promotes a sense of serenity.
- Lepidolite: this stone contains high levels of lithium, which is often used in medications for anxiety and insomnia! It can help to calm racing thoughts, relieve stress, and improve sleep.
- Rose Quartz: while commonly associated with love and relationships, Rose Quartz also has a gentle and soothing energy that can promote feelings of peace and emotional healing. It can be helpful for those who are experiencing insomnia due to emotional turmoil.
Many other stones are worth trying out in your bedroom too, although they won’t necessarily help with your sleep. The following stones certainly deserve exploration, although if you find that they don’t suit you then we’d suggest removing them from your sleeping space immediately.
- Amethyst: a healing stone that activates the crown and third eye chakras, Amethyst is a fantastically-calming crystal for meditation and heightened spirituality. However (and quite surprisingly), it can make it hard for some people to fall asleep, as the calming effect appears to be somewhat specific to meditation. If you’re going to use it in the bedroom, it may be best to meditate with it prior to then moving it elsewhere when you’re actually ready to sleep.
- Black Tourmaline: an intense crystal for dreaming vividly, Black Tourmaline is disruptive to many people’s sleep routines. Unless you’re looking to stimulate vivid dreams, we’d advise that you keep it elsewhere. However, it does also absorb and neutralise negative energy from your aura, which is undoubtedly a good quality for a sleep crystal to possess.
- Red Jasper: a channeler of energy that gives a welcome boost to wherever it's needed. Nevertheless, given that you’re usually looking to replenish your energy when you sleep, having Red Jasper in your bedroom can often make you feel more awake than you would do without it.
- Selenite: although selenite is sometimes recommended for promoting restful sleep, some individuals find its energy to be too invigorating or stimulating. It also activates the crown and third eye chakras, which usually isn’t what you want for sleeping.
- Turquoise: this stone cleanses and has protective energies that can be beneficial for sleep. It stimulates the throat chakra, awakening the mind and stabilising emotions. Unfortunately, it can also increase the likelihood of insomnia in some people. Topaz is similarly stimulating, so neither is a universally good fit for the bedroom.
Generally, crystals for sleep are best kept on a shelf that’s as close to being directly situated over your bed’s headboard as possible. However, if you’re working with one crystal at a time, you can also try to position it on your bedside table, or even beneath your pillow.
What Crystals Should Not Be in Your Bedroom?
Taking into account the aforementioned point that crystals work differently for different people, some general properties of crystals that should not be in your bedroom include:
- Crystals that activate the higher chakras.
- Crystals that contain toxic substances.
- Crystals that are linked with romance (at least when you’re trying to sleep).
While crystals are generally considered to have positive and beneficial energies, there are a few crystals that some people may choose to avoid keeping in their bedroom due to their stimulating or energising properties. These crystals may interfere with sleep or create an overly active atmosphere, so we’d usually avoid making use of them (or any combination of other stones that includes them) in your bedroom. Here are a few examples:
- Aventurine: this stone kindles great enthusiasm within many people, so its presence can make it very hard to wind down and switch off your mind.
- Bumblebee Jasper: this healing stone balances the chakras and attracts good luck and positivity. However, it can also promote sleep disturbances and insomnia.
- Carnelian: this brownish-red stone is known to stimulate the libido, so it should definitely be kept out of the bedroom if you’re looking to get a good sleep. Ruby has the same effect.
- Citrine: the “sun stone” awakens the sacral and solar plexus chakras, and is associated with abundance and vitality. It's often considered to be uplifting and energising. While this can be beneficial during the daytime, its energy may be a bit too exciting when you’re trying to sleep.
- Clear Quartz: on its own, clear quartz can bring great peace and therefore be a good companion for sleepers. However, it’s also an amplifier that stimulates the energies of other crystals and heightens energetic activity. You should therefore be extremely cautious about using clear quartz alongside other crystals in the bedroom.
- Fluorite: a stone of focus that will probably help you to focus on anything other than going to sleep! As you usually want to surrender your focus when you’re trying to sleep, Fluorite isn’t a good fit for the bedroom.
- Kunzite: a wonderful stone that encourages communication. Whilst Kunzite is a valuable aid for working through issues, it certainly won’t help you to get to sleep.
- Tiger’s Eye: this crystal (along with Amber) is a fantastic booster of motivation and self-confidence… neither of which are qualities that you need when you’re trying to sleep! Unless you want to be over-stimulated, we’d keep these stones away from the bedroom.
- Cinnabar: a beautiful red crystal that was often used in alchemical practices, Cinnabar is usually too stimulating for the bedroom. It’s been known to cause insomnia, or even nightmares.
- Malachite: a highly-energising crystal that will amplify whatever mood you’re in. The strong energies of Malachite can easily cause sleep disturbances, so it’s best to keep it elsewhere.
- Moldavite: Moldavite is a rare and powerful crystal that’s known for its transformative and intense energy. It can have a strong impact on dreams and personal growth but, for some individuals, its energy may be too overwhelming for the bedroom.
- Pyrite: known as "Fool's Gold", this stone is associated with abundance and manifestation. Its stimulating energy may not be suitable for a sleep space and can hinder relaxation. Torbernite can cause similar problems, as its affinity with money and luck can cause restlessness.
There are also a few combinations of stones (not necessarily individually problematic in of themselves) that should be avoided in your sleeping space:
- Red Sapphire and Sky Lace Agate
- Green Aventurine and Clear Quartz
- Red Jasper and Blue Lace Agate
Remember, crystal preferences and sensitivities can vary from person to person. It's important to listen to your own intuition and observe how different crystals make you feel in your bedroom. If you find that a particular crystal disrupts your sleep or creates an energetic imbalance, it's best to remove it from your sleeping space. If you really can’t find a place for problematic crystals that’s outside of your bedroom, then we’d recommend creating a space for them that’s as separate as possible. Something like a box or a dedicated shelf in a cupboard are preferable choices to leaving them in plain sight around your bedroom.
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