Crystals have a wide range of beneficial uses and properties that can help us thrive in our day-to-day life, but their powerful properties can backfire if used incorrectly. If crystals are used at the wrong time, with the wrong combination of stones, or in the wrong place, you can experience harmful effects.
One place you don’t want to have clashing energies is in your bedroom – it’s where you relax, let your guard down completely, and process thoughts and feelings while you’re unconscious. It may also be a place where you share your energy with another person, who may intern accidentally mingle their energy with your crystals.
Keep reading to learn about the crystals you can keep in your bedroom, as well as the crystals that should not be in your bedroom.
It depends entirely on the crystal, the use, and the other people you share your home with. When not in use, it’s best to keep your crystals in a quiet corner or box where they won’t see a lot of energetic traffic and they’re out of direct sunlight and protected from serious temperature swings.
In the bedroom, keep your crystals on a shelf (especially a shelf directly over the bed’s headboard) at a distance from where you sleep, unless you’re specifically working with a single stone that you’re sleeping with under your pillow or on your bedside table.
The real key when it comes to keeping crystals in your room (or not) is to be intentional – having all those different energies in your room buzzing around when you’re trying to relax and get a sense of your baseline self can be too much. You need to be intentional about the energies you’re inviting into your space.
Some crystals are particularly powerful and can overwhelm the energy in a space, and so can be too much for keeping in your bedroom. These stones include:
- Clear Quartz (this stone magnetizes the effects of other crystals, so while this stone alone won’t be a problem, it with a host of other crystals may make you feel like you’re in a room at a party when you’re trying to go to sleep because there are so many energies buzzing around your space)
- Malachite – highly energizing and will boost whatever mood you’re in
- Aventurine – ignites enthusiasm, so won’t help you wind down
- Citrine – most people find this stone too energizing to get quality sleep with it in the room
- Kunzite – encourages communication, both with others and by working through issues alone, so may not help you sleep
- Red Jasper – channels energy to where it’s needed, so often makes you feel more awake
- Carnelian – offers inspiration, so often too energizing for sleep
- Ruby – we mention this stone in the section below too, and that’s because while you may indeed want to use it in the bedroom, you won’t if you want to get some shut-eye. It’s a great stone for boosting blood flow and arousing the senses
- Amber – gives you more motivation
- Florite – another stone that will help you focus on anything other than rest (but you may find you’ve cleaned your house from top to bottom by the time your alarm goes off!)
This isn’t to say you can’t use these crystals in your bedroom, you just need to be conscious of doing so. Keeping them all in your bedroom because they’re pretty or because you work with them primarily in your bedroom shouldn’t be your default – to get the most out of your crystals, you need to work with them purposefully.
Also, avoid keeping these combinations of stones in your bedroom:
- Amethyst and Carnelian
- Sky Lace Agate and Red Sapphire
- Clear Quartz and Green Adventurine
- Clear Quartz and Malachite
- Carnelian and Blue Lace Agate
- Blue Lace Agate and Red Jasper
- Citrine and Blue Lace Agate
- Amethyst – you can use this stone in your bedroom to help alleviate anxiety, insomnia, and nightmares, so it’s a good crystal to have in your bedroom if you experience stress around bedtime. Note: many people find that this tone actually has the opposite effect, so try it for a night and if you find it makes you restless, meditate with it before sleep and then move it out of the room to go to sleep.
- Rose Quartz – Bedrooms are a place for love as much as they are for sleep and restoration, so a rose quartz stone can help you strengthen your relationship with others and treat yourself more kindly. It also offers some gentle healing properties.
- Ruby – this sensual stone is ideal if you’re trying to be more in tune with your sexuality or are inviting another person into your space. Just make sure you remove it from time to time to give it and you a break!
- Turquoise – this stone has stress-reducing properties.
- Hematite – is a great grounding stone with protective qualities.
- Howlite – another gentle stone that aids in relaxation.
- Black Tourmaline – is best used if you feel like you have some negative energy lingering around you.
- Red Jasper – is another good choice as a grounding stone, as it works with the lower chakras.
- Seraphinite – has strong healing qualities, so ideal for use when recovering from illness, surgery, or when enduring headaches and migraine
It’s best to stick to natural shapes, tumble stones, spheres, and eggs, over pointed stones, since they generally have more concentrated and “pointed” energy. When actively working with a stone at night, try wearing them (a bracelet is usually the most practical), keeping them on your bedside table, or placing a small stone under your pillows.
If you can’t keep your crystals in another room due to sharing your home with others, try to give them a separate space in the room where you can go to “meet” with them, but then close them off. A box on your altar, a box in your wardrobe, or a dedicated shelf in your closet would all be better than having them scattered all around the room.
Don’t be afraid to try a little trial and error – you may find that sleeping with amethyst by your bed calms you, but citrine keeps you awake with new ideas to bring more money into your life. While helpful, it’s not conducive to a good night’s sleep, so you may want to move the stone to your office so you can get some rest.
There aren’t any hard and fast rules – what works with someone else energetically may simply not work for your energy. The crystals we’ve listed here in both categories are how people generally feel when they use crystals in their bedroom, but you may be different. If you believe a certain crystal will help you, try it. Just make sure you move it away if you feel a negative shift in your sleep pattern or wake up feeling more negative or sluggish. The key is not to use stones for purely decorative purposes near the bed and forget to respect their energetic qualities.
If you’re working with crystals overnight, don’t forget to cleanse them regularly. Depending on what you use them for, this should be at least once a week, if not more often. Your subconscious mind is sorting through a lot at night and your energy may move quickly from one emotion to the next, so you can quickly exhaust your crystals. If you feel like the effects of your chosen stone don’t work as well one night, it’s a big sign that it’s time to cleanse it. The more energetic problems you’re having, the more frequently you’ll need to use the stone. Conversely, keeping a crystal in your bedroom like Ruby when you’re having fun with a partner may charge the stone, so move it out of the room to sleep and cleanse it if you change partners.
Working with your stones in your bedroom and while you sleep can be incredibly beneficial, but you need to go into their use intentionally. Keeping your crystals in your bedroom on display may seem like a nice idea since you’ll be surrounded by your stones, but can lead to energetic chaos, especially if you’re keeping them all together in one place. To get the most out of your crystals, be intentional about how and where you use them and be proactive about cleansing them often.
If you follow all our tips here, you’ll be able to get the most from the crystals you do use in your bedroom and avoid making mistakes that can lead you to feeling energetic chaos as you go to sleep and when you wake up.