Sleep Issues & Spirituality: 4 Reflections From My Journey

What is the correlation between sleep issues and spirituality? How can you heal your body & mind to sleep better, in your spiritual journey?

It never occurred to me to write about sleep issues and their correlation with spirituality until a kind reader, Blake, prompted me with his questions. This post is a dedication to him, and everyone else who is curious to understand how the two subjects overlap.

Of course, there are many reasons why you could be experiencing sleep issues, which science, and in particular psychology, explain with great depth and complexity. For instance, the book Why We Sleep is a great resource to dive into the depths of our biological needs. However, I wanted to explore the idea that your sleep patterns may have a common denominator for where you are in your spiritual journey.

Sleep Issues & Spirituality

Take the following observations as an opportunity to investigate the starting point to a much deeper subject.

#1 – Sleep is directly associated with the gross AND subtle body.

Let’s start by talking about metaphysics, because that’s what I do best.

We have two kinds of energy designated to us on Earth – mental and physical. That is, energy that works through both our gross body and the subtler bodies.

Related: read about the different layers and sheaths of your body to understand the metaphysical construct of your soul.

These energy types are dependent on the type of role we choose to play as a part of our soul contract. So, the distribution will vary from individual to individual.

Someone fulfilling the role of a labor-intensive human, like a farmer or construction worker, might naturally come with a bigger stock of physical energy.

On the other hand, you and I, who have been raised in the computer era, are more likely equipped with more mental energy.

And when we don’t exhaust our daily ‘quotient’, being restless is very common.

girl and dog sleeping on gray pavement

I have seen this happen personally too, where even years after my awakening, and working towards my purpose, I still had energy buzzing inside of me at the end of every day.

My mind would be exhausted, but I would toss and turn in bed.

It only became better when I learned about these two distinct energy types that we are required to spend, and I made it a regular practice to maximize the use of my physical energy every single day.

So, if you are having sleep issues yourself, see what you aren’t balancing, and then consciously try exhausting both energy types before bedtime. I sometimes tune into some fun music and crazy dance in the dark, until I feel energized and tired all at once. You could try that too!



#2 – Sleeping a lot, or a little, might have a spiritual cause.

Sometimes, the opposite happens to people where they sleep a LOT. There are two causes that I am aware of.

The first is when we aren’t doing much in Earth life, so the soul may work in other realms while we sleep, to ascend faster. When you read profound books like Journey of Souls, you learn more about the evidence of this, and how our soul has multiple lessons that it works through in parallel.

However, in contrast to the soul working in other dimensions for its growth, the other reason you could be sleeping a lot is that you might be rapidly ascending in your journey. It’s normal to experience lot of fatigue and exhaustion from all the healing you are undergoing in such a short span of time! Which is also why I often talk about the importance of knowing your window of tolerance, and not pushing your physical body more than is required.

Either way, know that it isn’t pure coincidence and that you are still healing in your sleep. I’ll talk about how in the next point. But let’s talk about the scenario where people struggle to get a good night’s sleep during their spiritual journey.

sleepless, restless, sleep issues and spirituality

In other cases where people feel themselves constantly waking up through the night, or getting little to no sleep – our soul may have been trying to get us to work here, in this lifetime with more involvement.

As a result, it could be declining sleep.

As you awaken and focus on your higher calling, your sleep should get better. Even if you don’t sleep more, you should sleep more peacefully. So if there’s something keeping you up at night, don’t try to push it back down anymore. Work with it!


#3 – You are still healing in your sleep.

In transitional years, where we’re moving from autopilot to conscious living, the soul can use the sleep state to send us guidance through our dreams. This is partially because we have not yet learned to receive the different types of divine guidance from a conscious mind.

Related: 5 Ways Your Conscious Mind Can Sabotage Your Spiritual Growth

sleeping can help you heal

Sometimes, you might even see past lives, or heal old karmic debts with your past relationships. But in general, we might not always understand how we are healing. This is because the information that is not relevant to this lifetime is omitted from us. Just like the amnesia we have for our past lives.

So don’t look at your sleep as an interruption in your spiritual journey – awake or not, you are still healing.

And if you would like to learn how to use your dreams for deeper healing, you can explore the subject of dream interpretation. I’ve also talked about the different ways you heal in your sleep in that article.



#4 – Meditation helps with sleep.

I briefly told you how butchered my sleep was, but what worked for me right off the bat was meditation. I used to doze off at night, while meditating to one of the binaural beats or Celtic songs. And I would wake up better rested, less overwhelmed by my dreams.

meditation can help with sleep issues and deepening your healing

There are innumerable benefits of meditation already spoken of across the internet! But speaking first hand – meditation definitely does support your sleep by helping you process old thoughts and creating space for clarity in the conscious state.

A lot of people enjoy listening to Yog Nidra meditations on Youtube, which you can consider trying too.

The point of meditation to better sleep is that when you do finally sleep, your mind has less to deal with because it has consciously processed some of the pervasive thoughts.

If you haven’t already found out how to create a meditation practice that works for you, you can enrol for this power-packed workshop with me.

Concluding Thoughts

I hope looking at all those pictures of sleep helped induce some for you! And at the same time, that this article ‘awakened’ you with new insights.

Over the years of exploring the different effects of a spiritual awakening, I often notice that sleep issues and spirituality are closely linked. And that for many people, simply being more aligned to their true nature has taken these issues away.

What other observations have you made that could help other readers understand their sleep issues in context to spirituality? Do share in the comments below!


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