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It is a scientific fact that by depriving ourselves of proper sleep we expose ourselves to serious health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, and many more. Let’s understand through this article how chakras in our spiritual body affect the quality of our sleep.
As children we are carefree and our only job is to observe the world around us and communicate our material and emotional needs to our parents. We know that we will be taken care of, and therefore, we are free of worry and anxiety. This is the reason why children sleep like a rock, and hence the phrase ‘sleep like a child’ is so popular.
As we grow into teenagers, we experience bodily changes, we are exposed to a wide variety of social and cultural norms that we are expected to conform to, and our perception of ourselves and the world around us begins to change. At this stage of life, our sleep cycle starts shortening.
As we transition into adulthood, we are exposed to the real world where we are introduced to the concepts of power, money, prestige, sex, poverty, and our ideas of happiness and well-being are shaped by the conditioning of the environment that we live in.
Now we are induced with various types of fears, such as fear of survival, fear of being average, fear of being a failure, fear of life, fear of death, and much more. All these fears inhibit the flow of vital energy (also known as the prana) within our spiritual body, and as a result, we experience a variety of physical and mental problems, insomnia being one of them.
At this stage in our life, our mind functions as an unstoppable racing horse, and any attempt to control it, worsens the problem. The excessive thinking pattern of our overactive mind (also known as the monkey mind) gives rise to sleepless nights, which in turn has an adverse effect on our physical body.
According to the mayo clinic, an average adult requires somewhere between 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each and every day for proper functioning. By quality sleep, they imply that sleep should be uninterrupted. If you’re getting up at night to check notifications on your phone – that’s not quality sleep.
According to ancient yogic traditions, just like our physical body, we have another layer of the body, known as the spiritual body or the ethereal body. This body has seven energy points, also known as the chakras that regulate the flow of vital energy across them.
The functioning of these chakras is said to have a profound effect on our physical and mental well-being. Each chakra is associated with a certain level of vibration or consciousness. The first three chakras are associated with materialistic living and physical well-being, whereas, the higher four chakras are the gateway to spiritual development and awakening.
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Balance the Blocked Chakras for Good Quality Sleep
A chakra is said to be balanced if allows an optimal level of vital energy to flow across it. If the energy is deficient, the chakra is said to be underactive, whereas, if the energy is in access, the chakra is said to be overactive.
Our racing mind is a result of vital energy blockage within the seven chakras that directly results in insomnia. Some of the reasons that cause insomnia (or even oversleeping) and blockage in the chakras are as follows:
- Stress and worry.
- High anxiety.
- Anger, restlessness, and irritation.
- Accumulation of fears (including fear of rejection) and insecurities.
- Issues such as low self-worth and low confidence.
- Lack of ability to focus and concentrate on task at hand.
- Trouble with finances.
- Weight gain and obesity.
- Inability to clearly express yourself.
- Inability to express your thoughts and emotions.
- Excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine or nicotine.
- Physical problems in the lower part of the body, like, constipation, lower back pain, kidney infections, issues related to bladder, etc.
Chakra healing is a very deep and detailed topic that cannot be covered in a single article. Therefore, I’ll give you a brief overview of all the chakras here along with the respective links to detailed healing techniques for each.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The root chakra, also known as the Muladhara chakra, is the first chakra of the spiritual body and is located somewhere between the genitals and the anus. The location of this chakra varies slightly between males and females.
Root chakra is associated with survival, vitality, material needs (such as food, water, shelter, and clothing), and financial well-being. You can clearly see how an imbalance in any of the above-mentioned aspects can cause stress, which can, in turn, result in sleepless nights.
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Sacral Chakra (Swadhishthana)
The sacral chakra is the second chakra of the spiritual body and is located near the genitals region. This chakra is the birthplace of creative intelligence. It is associated with sexuality, pleasure, and is said to be the realm of emotions.
Blockage in this chakra can cause intimacy-related issues, sexual problems, lower back pain, feeling of exhaustion and dullness, and much more. For more information on healing the sacral chakra, please refer to my article Healing the Sacral Chakra Blockage.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
This is the third chakra and is located near the belly region of the body. Solar plexus chakra is associated with willpower, self-discipline, transformation, and self-development. Opening up of this chakra brings about a major transformation both physically and psychologically.
It brings clarity in thoughts and actions, helps in building confidence, and allows us to take charge of our life. For more information, please check out Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra Blockage.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The heart chakra is said to be the ‘seat of the Atman (soul)’. Healing of this chakra enables us to experience unconditional love, gratitude towards life, and forgiveness towards ourselves and other people.
Healing the heart chakra enables us to let go of the painful memories and pent-up emotions of the subconscious. It allows us to eliminate negative tendencies such as anger, jealousy, guilt, shame, etc., and bring calm and peace within.
For more information on healing the heart chakra, please check my article Healing the Heart Chakra Blockage.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra of the spiritual body that is associated with the power of expression, getting rid of doubts and fears, building emotional resilience, and entering the spiritual realm by transcending the materialistic world.
People with strong communication skills and effective voices have strong energy flow across the throat chakra. It gives you the strength to speak your mind and put forth your thoughts and ideas with full conviction and confidence.
Healing the throat chakra is most required for people suffering from high levels of anxiety.
Beyond the fifth chakra, we have the third eye chakra (aka the Ajna Chakra), and the crown chakra (aka Sahasrara Chakra) is the last chakra that is related to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Opening up of the third eye and the crown chakras enables us to witness and experience the ultimate truth.
For more information on healing the throat chakra, please check out the article Ultimate Guide to Healing the Throat Chakra.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
It depends on how much damage has been done. If you have followed a reckless lifestyle, depriving yourself of quality sleep in the past, it will take some time before you can see noticeable changes.
Some people can see changes within a few months, whereas for others, it can take up to a year or more. But whatever the case may be, consistency is the key. Don’t give up.
Along this healing journey, you will experience relapses because your subconscious mind will try and switch back to the original patterns of behavior, but If you stick to your wellness practices and take care of yourself, you will see results fast.
You can take the help of some essential oils and healing stones and crystals for a speedy recovery. Check the article How Long Does It Take To Open Chakras.
Some General Wellness Tips for Better Quality Sleep
Please don’t underestimate these wellness tips, as they have a very profound effect on the chakras, and also help in speeding up the healing process. Without adopting a healthy lifestyle, it’s very difficult to heal the blocked chakras.
Eating Healthy Food
What we eat has a major impact on our health. If we eat a less nutritious diet, we will be more prone to illnesses. For example, eating heavy high carbohydrate meals can bring down our energy levels and directly affect the quality of our sleep.
Whereas, eating light food and maintaining a gap of 3 hours before sleep can significantly improve the quality of our sleep.
Modern-day life is such that there’s temptation all around us in form of high-calorie sugar-laden foods like burgers, pasta, pizza, bread, cupcakes, pastries, ice creams, and more. This kind of food is known as tamasic and it promotes lethargy and fatigue within the body.
You can check my article 8 Sattvic Superfoods for Healthy Body and Mind to get a good overview of the kind of food that is best for us.
Sleeping and Waking up at the Same Time
It’s very important to have a fixed time for eating, sleeping, and waking up. Various processes in our body adjust according to the time schedule we follow for our daily activities.
For example, eating and sleeping at fixed times helps our body to regulate its processes, and that in turn, keeps us free from problems such as bloating, acidity, constipation, and other stomach-related issues.
Taking Time off Electronic Gadgets and Phones
Spending too much time watching screens late at night can cause a hindrance to your sleep. According to Sleep Foundation, watching television and smartphones before going to bed can psychologically and physiologically stimulate your brain, which in turn can cause insomnia.
They recommend reading under lamplight as an alternative to watching visuals on screen. So you should avoid (or at least minimize as much as possible) watching phones and pads during the evening time.
Spending Time in Nature
Nature is the biggest healer. We are designed in such a way that spending time breathing fresh air, exposing our skin to direct sunlight, doing physical hard work is essential for us.
The biggest scientific proof of this fact is that our brain releases a chemical called dopamine (the happy hormone) whenever we are out in the open, and the feeling of joy from that release lasts for a very long period of time (for at least a couple of hours).
We also do get dopamine release when we watch something exciting on television or when we get likes on social media, but that feeling just lasts for a few minutes and makes us feel crappy later on for a long period of time.
For example, spending time walking barefoot in the grass, help us to establish our connection with the earth and helps in healing the root chakra.
Practicing gratitude cultivates the feeling of unconditional love within. It has a direct impact on our heart chakra. Some ways to practice gratitude are as follows:
- Maintain a gratitude journal and spend five minutes everyday writing about all the good things that happened on that particular day.
- Make an effort to volunteer and help out underprivileged or local people in your community.
- Spend quality time with your family and friends, and let them know how much you appreciate the effort they put towards your well-being.
- Practice mindfulness, as it gives you the clarity to see reality. You develop much more appreciation towards life when you have clarity in your thoughts.
- Practice positive affirmations.
Practicing Yoga and Meditation
Some of the yoga postures that promote better sleep are as follows:
- Cat and Cow Pose (Marjaryasana and Bitilasana)
- Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
- Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
- Corpse Pose (Shavasana)
Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques that help’s in relaxing, and thereby, promoting sound sleep. It gets rid of the useless chatter of the mind or renders it insignificant. A calm mind keeps you stress and anxiety-free.
It’s also important to note that meditation helps in raising vital energy and unblocking the chakras. This is one practice that can help you to restore energy balance within all of the chakras.
If you’re further interested in meditation, check out my eBook – The Ultimate Meditation Guide
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By balancing our chakras, we gain the wisdom of the old folks and the vitality of a child. Besides food and water, sleep is the next most important component of our life. The quality of our sleep regulates our mood and energy levels in the physical body.
We all are nothing but energies with a certain level of vibration. This vibration has a direct impact on our minds and body. Even by moderately balancing our chakras, we are able to raise our vibration to such an extent that we can create a harmonious balance between our material and spiritual well-being.
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