Let’s face it, getting a good night’s sleep in 2020 and 2021 isn’t easy.
But did you know a humble crystal or two could be the protection, support, and relaxation you need to slip into a deeper, better quality sleep?
In this article, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the world of crystals and sleep, learning why sleep is so essential, how much sleep we should have, how crystals can help us, and the best crystals to use get the best sleep that we all deserve.
How Crystals Can Work To Improve Sleep
While there is as of yet no scientific data to quantify or explain the healing properties of various crystals, there’s been very little effort made to study the subject.
However, a 2001 study did find that people holding a fake crystal vs. a real crystal noticed different sensations.
This speaks to the vibrational energy inherent in crystals which resonate with our own energy and seek to alter lower vibrational energies such as those that keep us up at night like fear, anxiety, and stress, and convert them into positive and soothing high-frequency energy which will help us to sleep.
Even if the vibrational theory surrounding crystals cannot be properly recognized, it is also thought that holding or working with crystals increases our state of mindfulness thus aiding sleep.
When we are mindful we are more aware of ourselves and our state of being and can more easily identify triggers and emotional imbalances that may be the root cause of problems such as insomnia.
Why Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Is Important
It’s nothing groundbreaking to say that we need sleep to function, but did you know a prolonged lack of sleep over an extended time period can detrimentally impact our health?
While short term bouts of poor sleep increase stress levels, reduce focus, and cause bad moods, long-term insomnia has been linked to a variety of medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, not to mention the overall effect this can have on your life span.
So it’s time to get snoozing folks!
How Much Sleep Do We Need?
But how much sleep do we actually need?
Well, of course, it varies from person to person as well as age, for example, young adults tend to need more rest than adults due to the continuation of growth and change inside their bodies.
On average, however, somewhere around 8 hours of good sleep is perfect for the average person.
13 Best Crystals For Improved Sleep
So now we’ve ascertained the need for crystals and the vital need for sleep let’s explore some of your best options to add to your sleep-improving crystal arsenal.
As with many other crystal topics, there’s more than just one crystal that may be of use to you, and you may even find a crystal that focuses on your niche requirement.
This list solely serves as a jumping-off point of some of the most popular options used by fellow spiritual people.
You may have noticed that Amethyst is the top entry on many different crystal rankings, and that’s because it’s such a useful and powerful stone that can be easily and cheaply acquired.
Known as a peaceful crystal Amethyst is able to give your aura a deep cleanse.
If you’ve had a difficult time of late such as a period of stress or bereavement, your chakras and energy centers may be blocked with ‘bad’ energy.
Amethyst works as a great stone to cleanse this energy and provide you the reassurance and the peace of mind needed for deep sleep.
2. Rose Quartz
What would a crystal list be without a member of the quartz family?
Rose Quartz is known as the stone of unconditional love, and can help us to sleep as often what’s keeping us up at night are our worries and fears which directly connect to our self-esteem and perception of self.
Rose Quartz is an excellent energy converter and can transform the negative energy you’re surrounded with into positive energy.
Lepidolite is a stone that is known to emit soothing energy, calmness, and serenity.
If you’re looking for a crystal that not only helps you fall asleep but helps you wake up on the right side of the bed then Lepidolite is definitely the stone to use as it helps to foster feelings of gratitude, joy, and also self-love.
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I may be a bit biased here as onyx is my favorite stone, but many agree that Onyx is a great stone for grounding.
This is a perfect choice for the insomniacs with stressful jobs or lives or those going through a great change.
Feelings of uncertainty or business unsteady us and make it hard to let our guard down. The grounding nature of onyx does the hard work for us, allowing us to surrender our fears and shake off the chaos in our minds.
Selenite is a cleansing crystal that helps you to let go of the stresses of the day.
This is a perfect stone to use if you’re the type of person who’s kept up at night mulling over the ‘what ifs’ or the ‘should have, could have, would have’s’ of the day.
While reviewing your day objectively can be helpful and a powerful goal-setting tool, when you’re picking apart the smallest thing you did or fixating on your perceived mistakes sleep just isn’t going to come naturally.
Selenite promotes calmness and clarity of mind and can help break this type of toxic thought cycle.
Celestite is known to be an absolute powerhouse when it comes to helping us to sleep.
It’s a calming stone and has been well-loved for its ability to help prevent nightmares. This makes it a perfect stone if you’re recovering from recent trauma or are a vivid dreamer under stress.
Because it vibrates at a high frequency, celestite pushes away chaotic thoughts and is also commonly used in connection with the heart, third-eye, and crown chakras.
Howlite is the perfect crystal choice if you like your spiritual practices to be low-maintenance.
This crystal naturally emits soothing energy that can relax you and help you to slip into a deep sleep.
Best of all, all you need to do to benefit from Howlite energy is to place a piece under your pillow!
Well, of course, this wouldn’t be a list that spoke of nighttime slumber without moonstone.
While not only the stone of the nighttime, moonstone is also great for reducing your emotional stress levels which can often slip under our radars and be the real reason why we’re not getting some decent shuteye!
Angelite is the perfect stone to use if you are a believer in angels and angelic intervention as it is the stone of angelic connection.
If you’re feeling unsafe at night, or find your anxiety peaks when the sun goes down, keeping Angelite nearby can be beneficial as it reminds you of the connection to your guardian angels and therefore helps you feel safe and secure in your bed.
Scolecite is a more obscure stone that can also help to give us a great night’s sleep and makes the perfect choice if you’re a crystal collector or looking to build your collection of crystals and this stone rarely makes an appearance on lists despite its many benefits.
Scolecite not only calms us enough to help us sleep but is known as the perfect stone for lucid dreamers too.
So if you’re a person who goes on adventures in your dreams Scoletite might be the perfect stone to enhance your experience.
Another lesser-known stone, stilbite is the perfect stone for a specific type of insomniac.
If you struggle to sleep because your mind won’t shut the heck up then get some stilbite in your life!
Spiritual and creative individuals can often find their minds flooded with great ideas at all hours of the day and while most of the time this is a superpower, as 2 am the novelty really wears off!
Stilbite is a stone known for temporarily quieting your inner Einstein helping to break cyclical thought patterns and ill-timed bursts of inspiration.
While not a common stone, as it contains lithium cookeite is a perfect natural relaxer.
Though obscure cookeite is well-regarded as one of the best stones for insomniacs, so if you’ve tried the more common crystals on this list to no avail it may be worth keeping the faith a little longer and giving cookeite a try.
Better still, cookeite is a great healing stone so can improve your rate of recovery from associated factors such as physical fatigue and eye strain while you sleep.
Unakite works directly with the heart chakra and is, therefore, a healing stone.
It is perfect for helping you to recover from emotional wounds which can often keep us up far longer at night than physical wounds may.
It aids in emotional recovery through improving your self-esteem and sense of self-love and self-worth.
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Best Ways To Use Crystals For Sleep
So, now you’ve picked out your perfect crystals; what next?
Well, you may feel inclined to add as many of the crystals on this list into your room as possible to make a super-charged arsenal of stones, but this is actually way more detrimental than beneficial.
Too much crystal energy radiating around your place can actually work as an energy enhancer instead of a soother not to mention what the clashing resonances of some crystals can do to your own energy levels.
Instead, select no more than 3 crystals you feel work harmoniously with one another and work best towards your sleep goals.
To give an example, let’s say you’re a paramedic with a penchant for perfectionism.
If we look at the list above the best stones would probably be a general relaxer like amethyst or howlite, plus some more targeted stones such as selenite (for defense against cyclical thought patterns) and Onyx (to help shake off job-related stresses).
You could even combine a couple of sleep stones with other stones that fit your needs such as self-love stones, or healing crystals.
In regards to placement you have a variety of options.
You could use these crystals as part of your bedroom décor, which is perfect if you have larger or prettier pieces such as amethyst geodes.
You could also place the crystals in near proximity to you such as on your nightstand or, in the case of small crystals, under your pillow.
While crystals are quite a low-maintenance spiritual aid, you will need to look after your stones to ensure their effectiveness. Be sure to cleanse your crystals of the energies they’ve collected at least once a month to keep them at maximum power.
There’s a variety of different ways this can be done, which I’ve previously outlined here.
You could also incorporate your crystals into your nighttime routine.
If you journal or plan before bed keep your crystals nearby.
If you like to end your day with some meditation, try holding your crystals as you meditate.
You could also choose to incorporate your crystals into your daily life by wearing them or carrying them around throughout the day to keep your energy levels in perfect order.
One thing that’s definitely worth mentioning is that crystals aren’t a fix-all. If you’ve been having issues for some time or find that your lack of sleep is greatly affecting your life and health then seek professional help.
As we found out earlier insomnia can really impact your health and isn’t one of those things you just have to put up with!
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s round off this article with some commonly asked questions regarding crystals and sleep.
Of course if you have any more a simple internet search or the comments box below can help you out too.
I want to enhance my ability to dream vividly or even to lucid dream; what crystals should I choose?
If you’re looking to improve your quality of sleep by enhancing the state of your dreams then definitely give selenite a try.
For those looking specifically to enhance their ability to lucid dream then Scolecite could be a brilliant option.
Alternatively, if you’re a person overwhelmed by their nighttime dreams, quiet things down with some stilbite or celestite.
Falling asleep is fine; it’s my nightmares I struggle with. Can crystals help me?
Celestite is a brilliant stone for overcoming repeated nightmares.
Another stone you may find beneficial if struggle with nightmares is Angelite as it can be greatly reassuring to know that a protective and positive force (such as angels) are looking over you while you rest.
I’m a light sleeper; are there specific stones I should choose?
Light sleepers will benefit most from the crystals on this list that help regulate energy flow such as Amethyst and Rose Quartz as these stones keep energy levels steady thus preventing sudden spikes of energy from waking you up.
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