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The remedies for restless sleep are countless, like counting sheep, avoiding screens before bed, or practicing relaxation exercises.

Another option that some people swear by is the use of crystals.

There isn’t any scientific evidence to support the use of crystals for sleep, but energy healing proponents believe that placing crystals in your bedroom or wearing them before you sleep could help you get a decent night’s rest.

“The ancient healing properties of crystals are a relatively untapped phenomena of the natural world,” says Adora Winquist, a self-defined modern alchemist and expert in vibrational medicine.

“The Earth is composed of thousands of minerals with specific and potent abilities to heal, balance, and fortify our existence,” she says. “Their vibrational patterning receives, transmits, and amplifies energy.”

While these claims aren’t supported by scientific evidence, Winquist and others like her believe that crystals could have the potential to benefit well-being as a whole — which, in turn, could improve sleeping patterns.

“[Crystals] remind us of our deep connection to the Earth and her rich offering of medicines,” says Winquist.

What the science says

Research into crystal healing as a whole is very limited, and research into the area of crystals and sleep is nonexistent.

One commonly held hypothesis is that crystals produce a placebo effect. An older 2005 studyTrusted Source notes that the healing benefits of crystals may come down to the power of the mind more than anything else.

However, cultures around the world have used crystal healing for centuries to treat a variety of ailments and still do to this day.

While there isn’t much research to back up their benefits, there’s likely no harm in giving crystals a try.

 

Crystals should never replace medical care for any condition. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of crystals for sleep or sleep conditions.

The below suggestions are based on anecdotal evidence. If you choose to use them, only do so as a complementary therapy to appropriate medical treatment.

 

Best crystals for sleep

Sleep can be disrupted for a host of different reasons, like stress, anxiety, nightmares, the inability to switch off your mind, or a health concern.

Whatever the issue, proponents say there may be a crystal to help.

Peaceful sleep

For a peaceful sleep, Winquist recommends:

“Fluorite and green calcite offer a calming and soothing energy and invite us to an ease of emotion after a long day,” Winquist says. “Rose quartz is a stone of love, encouraging us to let go of any disharmonious energies or interactions of the day.”

Keith Birch, the owner of KSC Crystals, recommends howlite.

“Howlite decreases overly critical thinking but it also heightens creativity,” he says. “It has an extremely calming energy and can be used to relieve anxiety, tension, and intense emotions.”

Birch says howlite is believed to:

  • calm your mind
  • reduce fretful thoughts
  • aid in relaxation
  • help you prepare for sleep or meditation

Anxiety and sleep

If worry is keeping you awake, Winquist suggests:

“These three stones are helpful for easing anxiety and calming the nervous system to relax body and mind,” she says.

Winquist claims that anxiety with a tight sensation in the chest may be benefitted by rhodochrosite. When it comes to whole body anxiety, she recommends red tiger’s eye.

“Amethyst is calming for those who experience anxiety as tension headaches or digestive difficulties,” she says.

It’s important to note that none of these claims are supported by scientific evidence.

Insomnia

Birch and Winquist recommend the following stones for insomnia:

“If you suffer from insomnia caused by racing thoughts at bedtime, a piece of howlite placed under your pillow or as a crystal grid around your bed may help,” Birch says.

Winquist notes that moonstone and opal may help those who tend to overthink.

“These stones offer a sense of deep tranquility and remind us of the mysteries of the universe,” she says.

When it comes to other causes of insomnia, Winquist recommends ruby. She notes it doesn’t have to be of gem quality to be effective.

If you experience ongoing insomnia, make sure to talk with your doctor about treatment options.

Dreams and nightmares

If you want to enjoy your dreams and fend off nightmares, Winquist suggests:

“Epidote is a stone of great understanding. It’s wonderful to enhance dreaming and to tap into your wise, intuitive nature,” she says. “Black tourmaline is a stone of protection and helpful against nightmares, while citrine is a stone of empowerment and is helpful to overcome the challenges that often appear in reoccurring dreams.”

Sleep and relaxation

If you’re struggling to relax, Winquist recommends:

According to Winquist, sapphire activates mystical vision and brings an energy of deep peace.

“Sugilite fosters a sense of meditative zen and quietude at the cellular level,” she says. “Celestite is also known as the stone of the angels and infuses us with grace and a desire for calm and tranquility.”

Sleep apnea

If you want to use crystals as a complementary therapy for sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing repeatedly pauses during sleep, Winquist suggests:

“Quartz helps to keep energy channels open throughout the body,” she says. “Jasper infuses our blood with the energy of renewal and vitality, strengthening us at the cellular level.”

When it comes to lapis, Winquist says, “It connects us to the cosmic principle of harmony and balance, allowing our spirit to engage with esoteric pursuits so our physical body can rest and renew.”

Snoring

If you want to use crystals as a complementary treatment for snoring, Winquist suggests trying:

“These stones help to clear, balance, and expand the throat and sinus areas to allow for better energy flow,” she says.

Sleepwalking

If you sleepwalk, Winquist advises using:

“These three stones help to create a protective shield of energy around the individual to elicit a sense of safety on the subconscious level,” she says.

 

 

 

Written by Victoria Stokes on April 7, 2021 www.healthline.com