Reiki and insomnia – solution for better sleep

reiki-and-insomniaDo you suffer from sleep deprivation, jet lag or insomnia? Are you a regular user of melatonin or other sleeping aids? If the answers to these questions are ‘yes’, and if you want to find an alternative then try reiki to help you get a good night’s sleep.

I have been lucky to not suffer from sleep deprivations most of my life, except when I traveled through different time zones, and until I gave birth.

Living and working overseas most of my adult life, I have had to travel trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific, and without fail, I’ve suffered from jet lag. On top of that, after I gave birth in 2013, I didn’t have a solid sleep for three years. This has caused not only constant fatigue but also disrupted sleep patters, that I was often wide awake at 3am, and couldn’t keep my eyes open during the day.

How does reiki help with sleep?

Reiki helps with relaxation of the body and mind and therefore helps you fall asleep easily and let’s reiki-and-insomniayou have good quality sleep, instead of short and shallow naps.

Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I lie down on my back, place heels of my hands over my closed eyes, and allow the energy to flow until I feel relaxed. This usually takes 10-15 minutes, and when my arms feel tired, I rest my hands for a while and try again.

I may not fall asleep straight away, but my body relaxes and I avoid staring at the ceiling.

When I give reiki to others, I place my hands over the eyes (I always put a thin Japanese towel (“tenugui“)over the client’s face so that I don’t touch their eyes directly) and stay in that position for as long as necessary (at least for 10-15 minutes, and sometimes longer).

Often the client would fall asleep during the session or go in deep relaxation mode during and after the treatment, and s/he will continue to stay relaxed. If you are receiving a treatment, I would recommend to have the treatment done toward the end of the day so that you can go home and have an early night, or in the afternoon when you can take a nap afterward.

Good night’s sleep is vital to our health and well being, and if you are considering of more natural alternative to sleeping pills, reiki is a great option. If you are on medication or receiving medical treatments, consult your physician about receiving reiki or any other alternative healing. Reiki can be complimentary to western medicine.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Have a good zzzzz…!


4 thoughts on “Reiki and insomnia – solution for better sleep

  1. Hi Ayako!

    Reiki. It really does sound cool and interesting. This is something new for me.

    Thankfully, just like you, I do not suffer from sleep deprivations most of my life. But I do have some questions. I’m searching for ways to get more quality sleep. So, will this technique help me to get into deep sleep faster and is there any other technique I can look into as well?


    • Hi Dinezjuki

      Thanks for your comment. I know what you mean about wishing to get “more quality sleep”. My sleep has often been “shallow”, especially when I’ve had stressful days at work, and there are a few easy tips I give people to try to have a good night sleep.

      1. Have a bath or warm shower before going to sleep.

      2. Make sure your room is at a comfortable temperature (depending on your preference) and dark.

      3. Try to avoid caffeine before going to sleep, or any other stimulants including horror movies!

      4. Keep electronic devices away from your bedside (ie phones, tablets, pc, even electric alarm clock if possible)

      5. Do some stretching and meditation (sit up with your back straight, close your eyes and silently count 1-10 while taking deep breaths).

      With our busy life, our mind tends to continue to run in auto-pilot mode, so the important thing is to rest and empty your mind before going to sleep.

      I hope the above helps. If you have any further questions, let me know!


  2. I enjoyed reading your article. I too suffer from insomnia and sometimes spend up to 3hrs rolling on the bed. This became more of a problem after I gave birth to my son. I also wake up at least twice a night. I have never heard of Reiki and maybe I should give it a try.

    • Hi Melanie

      I can totally relate to you about not being able to sleep at night. My son still wakes up at least once every night, so I haven’t had a solid sleep in four years! If you can find a reiki practitioner in your area, I would definitely give it a try. I suggest you try late in the afternoon or evening so you can go home and go straight to bed, if possible. You will feel very relaxed at a very deep level. If you have any questions, feel free to write back!

      Take good care and I hope you’ll have a good sleep soon!!


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