Black onyx is a popular stone for night time among users to achieve good sleep and to wake feeling well rested.
But is it the right stone for everyone?
Probably not. Let us explain.
Sleeping With Black Onyx (Explained)
What Is Black Onyx?
Onyx (aka “black onyx”) is a member of the silicon dioxide family (like quartz and agates).
Why Do People Wear, Collect, or Use Black Onyx?
The primary reason is that the stone is beautiful.
When it is cut, shaped, buffed, and shined, the black color with white parallel bands are stunning.
An increasing number of people are actually incorporating onyx in their homes, instead of using marble.
Other people wear it or collect it because they believe that wearing the stone can influence aspects of their lives, such as health, strength, control, and luck.
Others wear it because they believe it offers them protection from mental stress, emotional pain, and bad habits.
Does Black Onyx Help People Sleep?
There are quite a few users out there in the world who report that sleeping with black onyx either under their pillow or nearby the bed provides good, calm sleep, free of bad dreams.
Who Should Be Cautious When Sleeping With Black Onyx?
Sleeping with black onyx is not for everyone.
The following groups of people might think twice about incorporating black onyx into their bedrooms.
People Who Have Suffered Past Trauma (Physical/Emotional)
Black onyx is often used a stone of healing, both mentally and physically.
It is said to help people confront old hurts and move past them.
The problem about overcoming and healing emotionally is that the process can bring up those old hurts and experiences so you can deal with them.
This means that you may actually experience bad dreams (or even traumatic dreams) when dealing with emotional trauma, even though you overall goal is to experience a better sleep.
While awake, you might feel tired, low energy, or even depressed.
You might even cry without any warning or concrete reason.
If you are a person who has experienced trauma in the past, and are planning on incorporating black onyx into your life, we recommend that you do it slowly.
Bring the stone into your home, but don’t put it in your bedroom at night.
Bring it closer over time, and if you continue to sleep well, bring it closer until you can safely and easily sleep with it under your pillow.
Hopefully this will allow you to address the old hurts gradually, rather than all at once like ripping off a Band-Aid.
People Who Are Struggling With Loneliness/Depression
Black onyx, like many stones, is a strong stone.
People use it to stay calm, feel confident and grounded, and to overcome negativity.
For some people (but not all), black stones like black onyx might encourage one to step forward, and take on things on their own.
It might also encourage them to separate themselves from negative people or situations.
This kind of confidence is great.
But for some, stepping away from others (like friends, family, and community) is not a good thing if there is nothing positive to replace what has been left behind.
For people who are already struggling with being on their own or with loneliness, black onyx can actually make the problem worse.
Instead of reaching out to supportive friends and family, the wearer might feel encouraged to push others away and go it alone.
For someone who is struggling with being alone but still wants the benefits of sleeping with black onyx, it might makes sense to sleep with the onyx but not wear it or keep it nearby during the day.
People Who Are Already Using or Wearing Other Stones/Crystals
In general, when you are adding crystals and stones to your life (especially when you vulnerable in sleep), you should do it methodically.
That way, you can observe pretty objectively where they was any sort of impact positive or negative.
Here’s the thing about stones and crystals: people experience them as individuals.
If one person has a certain kind of experience, there’s no guarantee that someone else will feel the same thing, or even anything at all.
If you are already sleeping with multiple stones, how will you know if the sleep you experience (or how you feel at other times) has anything to do with the stone that you recently added to your life.
If you are serious about getting better sleep, be it via crystals, a fan, soft sheets, or even medication, the best thing you can do is to be methodical and objective.
Observe and record how you feel and what you experience for a period of days. Then make a change.
And then keep track of what happens for a handful of days, or even a week.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore fully whether the change is providing you with the outcome you desire.
If not, you can look at changing things up.
What Are Other Crystals To Try For A Better Sleep If Black Onyx Doesn’t Work Out?
There are several popular stones that are frequently used for better sleep, such as amethyst, lepidolite, selenite, angelite, moonstone, rose quartz, howlite, calcite, fluorite, and more.
In each case, we recommend that you try out the stone as described above, incorporating it slowly and observing the impacts carefully.
You might also incorporate a small amount of relaxing meditation or visualization with the stone right before bedtime (or even after you are lying down) to help you get to a relaxed, calm, and restful place in your mind.