5 Types of Spiritual Awakening Sleep Problems and Insomnia

Spiritual awakening shifts around a lot of stuff in our inner worlds, and having all the inner furniture moving can certainly cause a lot of ruckus in other rooms in our inner home. One notable room is how we sleep. Because sleep is one of the fundamental elements of being a human being, not getting enough or not getting the right kind of sleep directly impacts how you feel and experience life. Sleep issues often underlie the chronic fatigue issue that also can show up for a lot of people during an awakening.

Chronic Fatigue and Spiritual Awakening

Today, I wanted to offer some thoughts and some potential solutions to help you cope with the challenges of not sleeping well enough, not enough, or too much. As always, I want to emphasize that this is not medical advice, and it's always a good idea to check in with the Western MD. We have them for a reason, and they are as much a part of the spiritual path as any healer out there.

But when we are otherwise perfectly healthy and our sleeping patterns change after awakening, there can be a couple of reasons for this. Also, it tends to be the case that several of these issues are going on at once. What I am doing here is attempting to parse out something that may feel overwhelming and completely intertwined into something easier to look at.

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Without further ado, let's talk about 5 types of spiritual awakening sleep problems, changes, and insomnia.

#1 Intense Energy Shifts

Since a real spiritual awakening comes with a dramatic shift in the inner energy flow, intense energy shifts are common and to be expected during the initial phases of transition. It's like a dam has broken. And while not everyone is energy sensitive or feeling overwhelming surges, these kind of shifts can be surprisingly tiring and often are part of the chronic fatigue people feel during a spiritual awakening. It's as if every issue inside feels like it's being worked on all at once.

That's intense.

Energy shifts and the healing going inside takes a lot of energy as it is. Even when sleeping normally, you can end up being extremely tired and worn out when you've done nothing physically significant. Plus, your energy shifts come according to their timing, not your ego's preference. That can mean that they light up at 9 PM at night when you're ready to wind down. As such, you can find yourself up late at night when you'd want to be sleeping. You may be up all night and develop insomnia if the intensity of the energy shifts is particularly high and unceasing. Depending on your schedule (and I do hope you can learn to change that schedule as much as possible), you may have to get up before you've had enough or any sleep.

Potential Sleep Solutions for Energy Shifts

Firstly, I am going to emphasize that not all solutions will work. Some will work for a time, and others just aren't relevant to your spiritual shift. As always, using your intuition here is key to finding the truth for you. Additionally, it's important to not view your awakening as a problem or torturing you. You're going through a fundamental life change that is beautiful and will offer you a chance to live life in a totally new and beautiful and natural way.

One idea is to not do a lot before going to bed. Turn off the media (Internet, TV, music, etc.). Let your energy calm down as much as possible. If meditation helps you calm down, then use it. If it ramps up your energy, then do meditation earlier in the evening. Everyone is different, so meditation can go both ways.

Additionally, meditation in the morning can be very nourishing for some of you. For me for several years, my morning meditation felt rejuvenating. It was a way of feeling like I got a full night's sleep in just 30 minutes.

#2 Deep Triggering of Issues Especially Fear

As energy washes through us, a whole bunch of issues are triggered. Especially with fear, a lot of agitation is stirred up. That agitated, unprocessed energy from our wounds and pain is extremely unsettled. Believing in the stories, pain, and upset emotions that are arising makes them worse. Plus, at night, we tend to relax more, and when we relax, our resistance to old pain diminishes. This is why some people in awakening and other spiritual shifts find night time to be a kind of Hell on Earth. They'll start to relax before going to bed or while asleep at night, and then all kinds of unprocessed crap will boil to the surface, disrupting your peaceful night's repose. Severe insomnia can develop for people who have extreme resistance to the pain stuck inside, and such a high resistance further suggests a lot of deep trauma that's trying to boil to the surface so that you can at least resolve it.

Potential Sleep Solutions for Triggers

First off, stop resisting your transition. That resistance is you fighting yourself, your love, your truth, and all the really important things. I know this may not be comfortable right now, but later on, you'll be grateful to have let go of all the pain and illusions that have trapped you your whole life. Sometimes just this level of embracing your spiritual awakening will give you back your sleep, but you'll probably give up your daily living to processing and healing and spiritual growth. Sorry. That's how it goes, and no, I'm not really sorry. Because you're changing in the healthiest way possible.

This is also an important place to practice embracing what you feel while watching it. Let yourself be aware of what is coming up whether at night or during the day. This is how we learn to dissolve issues with awareness and to let our issues resolve themselves. We are so gifted to have souls and bodies that know how to heal. It's time to get out of the way of that process. It can lead to a better night's sleep, and even if you are still not sleeping well, at least you're processing things and moving towards deeper healing.

Dissolving Issues With Awareness

#3 Re-Aligning to Your Natural Sleep Patterns

Some people have never slept according to their natural sleep patterns, and now the deeper intelligence within you is emerging. How ever you naturally want to sleep is now coming out. This can extend the amount of sleep you need, and it can change the hours that you go to sleep at and when you wake up. As always, resisting this change will bring further problems.

Potential Sleep Solutions for Emerging Sleep Patterns

Um, do what your body wants. I am sure it is inconvenient to your schedule, but whenever possible, do what your body wants. I know that jobs and children have their own schedules, but right now, you're going to need to figure out some creative solutions if you want to feel rested and clear. That's assuming you've ever felt fully rested and clear, and that experience can be a brand new one for so many people who live in our society and aren't sleeping enough. Not sleeping right is a big enough problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it an epidemic in this article:

#4 Processing Issues Through Dreams

Especially for those resisting their transitions and whatever they need to do, their dreams and subconscious can take over the heavy lifting of processing issues. Even if you are embracing your shift, the subconscious also needs to get with the program and integrate with this emerging awreness. When this is happening, people can have really vivid dreams. If someone has experienced violence, violent dreams may be surfacing. A lot of strange and repressed things may also come out of the subconscious closet to be addressed, and especially for the things most avoided, nighttime dreams are an avenue where our soul knows we have the least resistance and will have to face the truth.

Potential Sleep Solutions for Dream Processing

This solution is much like I mentioned before, which is to embrace your path. Do your spiritual work during the day. Accept that you have changed. The life as you knew it is over. The life as you knew it was an illusion, so it never really existed anyway. Sure, you were sharing a dream with lots of other people, which made life seem safe and gave you things. But it wasn't real. In your inner most depths, you know this, and your soul decided that it was time for this fantasy to come to an end.

Especially for those of you who receive a lot of messages through your dreams, having a dream journal to write down what is coming up in your dreams will help to process things. If your dreams are waking you up at night, then you might as well do something. If they don't wake you up, try to journal them out first thing in the morning and then get in a meditation to rest and allow for further fully conscious processing.

Remember that dreams are rarely literal. They speak in signs, emotions, and sensations to some degree. If you really want to get into understanding dreams, you may look into Carl Jung's books. You can also read this blog post to explore more on this topic:

Dreams and Processing Your Issues Through Your Subconscious

#5 Psychic Disturbances

Finally, some people have their psychic abilities emerge during awakening. Jonas Elrod made a move about that called, "Wake Up." Once again, at night, our ego guard is down for the most part, and if psychic abilities are part of your spiritual gifts, then you may start to have interesting visits from spirits, have out of body experiences, receive important messages from your angels and guides, and so forth.

For others who are naturally psychic, a full spiritual awakening isn't necessary to bring out these gifts. Just a little bit of opening up and spiritual growth can bring out these abilities, and with them can come a whole host of misinterpretations because of how much fear people have. That fear creates the real disturbance--not the spirit of your grandmother tucking you in energetically.

Potential Sleep Solutions for Psychic Disturbances

The solution for this is real easy--embrace your gifts! For a psychic to deny he or she is psychic is like other people denying they have a left arm. Clearly if you have a left arm, then you have a left arm. The same goes for psychics (which we all have some level of ability with, but it varies widely). Part of embracing your gift is accepting what you see and doing your spiritual work to clear issues. The more clear and in love you are, the less anything with any kind of predatory or hurtful intentions will come find you. Mainly, you'll find well-wishers, angels, spiritual stragglers (meaning they need to leave this planet and go home now--your physical journey is over, dude), and other mostly harmless types. It really is your fear that is causing the biggest disturbance in most cases.

Returning to a Peaceful Night's Sleep

I can't say how these things will go for you, but my genuine feeling is that when you have no actual medical problem and you accept what is arising, things do calm down. Your sleep returns to its natural pattern, and you get the rest you want again.

For more thoughts about the subconscious processing that could be disturbing your sleep, you can check out this article:

Subconscious Processing and Awakening

Additionally sugar can mess up a lot of things, and who knows, maybe that can include sleep. What we put in our bodies matters, so sometimes, this really isn't a spiritual issue at all. You can read more of my thoughts on why sugar reduction is really important to health in general on this link:

Sugar Is a Major Health Concern

For more help in matters involving health and sleep, you can check out this Mayo Clinic Article:

6 Tips to Better Sleep

Here are yet other resources that may help you deal with what is going on with your sleep:

How to Find and Release Physical Pain During a Spiritual Awakening

Building a Body Strong Enough for Awakening

5 Energy States and Experiences


  1. A few times, as of late, I have been asleep and wake up to what sounds like someone else whispering but as I wake up it's coming out of my mouth and I don't understand what it's saying. It's a very strange feeling. I have awakened myself with my own snoring before and every now and then with my own speech but this seems different. It always creeps me out for a moment but then I dismiss the fear and usually go back to sleep. Any thoughts on this or what would be the most constructive way of dealing with it?

    1. I would point you towards working with a sleep coach to make sure that you're doing what you need to do to help your body fully relax before I would make any suggestions about this experience.

  2. Seriously thank you, this was really helpful, the past few days of my life made everything before seem like an illusion. Ive been getting night terrors and deleriums which I actually think I've been handling quite well because I've been openly accepting them as a part of the process. I'm opening up to the infinite nature of what I'm not knowing. This has been shaking my very core when I swallow even a grain. God bless, looking forward to the journey.

    1. I'm glad this post can help. I hope you'll keep reading other posts on my site about doing inner work. This one is particularly important:

      The Process of Releasing Pain from Your Energy Body

  3. Good morning Jim, this is the 3rd morning in a row that I have not sleep very much apart from very vivid dreams! As you were describing I feel extremely tired, but some how I seem to pick up during the day and feel ok! The first night I was suddenly woken to my whole body vibrating, to what I can only describe as the 'OM' sound. The body vibrating was ok, it was the sound I could hear which made the night very difficult, especially as I had no idea what was happening! I suspected it was something spiritual and confirmed this with a friend! Anyway I'm glad to say that whatever is happening at night is worth the inconvenience as I have had the most amazing incredible experiences over the last weeks and the shift in my awareness and wellbeing is off the chart! Yesterday was quite possibly one of the best days of my life! Just a normal day at work, but my word I believe I was right on top, completely aligned to my source as A "Esther" Hicks would say! Never felt such job and peace and happiness and satisfaction!!!! I think my friends think I've gone mad! Anyway I've lots to do today, all things I want to do for me!!! I'm going to my yoga class again this morning so I know that will give me the lift I need! (I would not have been going to any yoga on my day off, or ever a few months ago) Thank you Universe! You message came bang on time buddy and is much appreciated! I look forward to exploring your blog and speaking to you again! Much kindness and happiness! Dan

  4. Hey there Jim! This message might be a bit long! First of all id like to say how awesome it is the start writing ,"spiritually un... " and the for google to know exactly what i was looking for... which came out to be finished by ,"[un]able to sleep"! Anyhoo, ive had autoscopic experiences (out of body) in my youth, as well as an unflinching awareness that theres more to this world than the 3rd dimension, and that even though the human experience can seem limited, we are in complete control of our destiny, and all we have to do is release ourselves from the blocks to our awareness, and (for me at least) to fully experience what it means to be human which is the fulfillment of the most beautiful path to be taken in life. That, for me is to leave this earth in better shape than how i recieved it. I got big plans for my life. And to go into it now would take too long through simple script. But id like to talk to you and work out some kinks in my remembered self... in other words, the self i carry through and into my relationships, my ego that is. Im quite scientific, and i have my roots in psychology and an understanding of early childhood memories that could effect consciousness in a young adult life, that can finally come to be absolved through greater understanding... though im struggling to unearth and truly understand the psycho somatic symptoms in my body. And to align my self potrayal, with the big picture. And im wondering if you could have any idea what im getting at, and what i need. This may only be as clear as mud, for im sorry, i dont know what you do or do not know. Also might be from a lack of sleep that my ability to successfully convey a clear and concise message to you might have been messed up... hear i go again, attaching cheap setiments to a complex scenario... im 25 years old.

  5. Hello. I’m a new subscriber. I really wish I had found your blog a couple of years ago. This spiritual awakening caught me unaware and seriously considered professional counseling because of all the changes happening all at once. My psychic abilities had dimmed to a point they were no longer useful, I was ditching my friends, hated my job all of a sudden, slept too much, and felt lazy. My acupuncturist suggested that I was picking up too much emotion that wasn’t mine and until I stopped I wouldn’t grow properly. So with research and her help I learned to shut off. That’s when the floodgates opened. I was forced to look at some past events that caused trauma. The trauma was making me feel physically bad all the time and I was being treated for connective tissue disorder, idiopathic hypersonic, high blood pressure, migraines, and chronic sinus infections. Imagine how all the past pain made existing physical issues become overwhelming. Now after accepting and forgiving, having patience with myself, learning to love me in addition to some incredible tools I am to this point. Alive on purpose. I do struggle now with not enough sleep because I have acquired some spirit teachers that want to do their intense teaching between 4 and 6 am. Thank you for the suggestions. I will use a couple of these.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Shelly. I hope you are also working with a trauma therapist to resolve the old emotional-body tensions.

  6. Ive caught myself in full conversations with my guides and myself --like "thinking aloud" and processing while I'm asleep.

    The dreams are vivid and I usually wake up feeling worried but I'm grateful that the dreams are not my reality, at least in this lifetime.

  7. Jim, I have always been quite psychic. An earth empath, most definitely. I have, in the last few months, in therapy and psychically, been accessing the knowledge that certain stories about John and the earth, are not true, at an even deeper level. With more intensity, for sure. The healing is taking on a life of its own and accelerating.

    The spirt of the Cosmos and my soul (part of it) must surely love me. My self love and love for others is increasing in leaps and bounds.

    I have, in recent months, asked the Cosmos to grant me more access to my true psychic nature, to strip and dissolve the layers of Maya, even more so, and She has heard and responded.

    I am so very grateful for this, but the insomnia had been challenging. Now, Jim, that I was supposed to finally read this, my resistance to this process can soften and melt away. Thank you so much.

    In Gratitude,
    John, aka,

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for your comment. I'd caution you about seeking psychic abilities. It's the ego that wants such things. It's usually because it wants to be special, which hides deeper attachments.

      In kindness,


  8. Hi Jim,
    I wonder if you could comment about the perceived passage of time during sleep. I occassionally have nights where I wake up feeling as though I've slept for ages - only to look at the clock and see that it's midnight and I've slept for one hour. It also doesn't seem like a great thing that I have more time to sleep. Feels oddly like a chore even though I haven't had nightmares. Do you think something spiritual is taking place as I sleep? I wonder if anyone else experiences this. Thanks!

    1. Is there anything else spiritual going on in your life right now to influence your sleep?

    2. I feel like there is always something spiritual going on... but no, there haven't been any dramatic shifts that I am aware of. I was wondering if something is going on at a deeper level that I'm unaware of.

    3. Depending on what kind of spiritual practice you have, I'd point you towards doing/getting started doing inner work. Learning to question your ego (if you don't already do this) is a good starting point to look at your beliefs and assumptions and to start to understand the fictional nature of your ego (because all beliefs are fictions that we primarily adopt from other people). I don't know that you'd find anything sleep related in doing this, but this kind of inquiry is an important step towards realizing who you truly are.

  9. I'm happy to come across this post because all of what is explained here and many more has happened so severely to me for couple of years now, like you said 'hell on earth'. Please I don't know if you have more to say to me cos I want to nutshell you. For the past years now, I have experienced very severe suffering I never knew I will survive, though I did.. and still survivng. Within these years, I have experienced some signs which I found hard to denote.
    1. Twitches, severe itches and tingling in some parts of my body, like the head "both left, right, back and middle of my head", two palms, my feet" all corners of my feet" my lips, my eyebrows and eyelids
    2. Flashes of light in the left corner of my left eye
    3. Unnecessary body wickness with no cause.
    4. Sleepless nights
    5. Unconscious thinking even when I don't want to..
    6. Strange dreams and more of them
    Please with your knowledge, I don't know if you have something to say to me because I'm still holding on strong!

    1. If you don't have a spiritual practice, then you should start one. I recommend at least 30 minutes of silent, seated meditation every day. You may also want to talk to a health professional because how we treat the body and what we put in it profoundly impact our experiences. Good health is a critical platform for doing deep inner work in a sustainable way.

      Here's a link about inner work:

      What Is Spiritual Inner Work?

  10. Hello Jim: I stumbled on your website this morning as I was searching for some explanation to what I am going through. I meditate quiet a bit and recently started energy healing (with Donna Eden) and have been practicing that. For my professional life, I do transformational projects for large companies and typically travel quite a bit but now been home stuck due to Covid. Recently for like about 6 weeks now after 2 weeks into my energy healing course( not sure if there is a correlation) I have been feeling anxious closing my eyes, and been feeling scared as I see utter darkness when I close my eyes even during daylight. How can I overcome this- there are other things im experiencing like I see flashes of light in my peripheral vision but when I look in that direction don't see anything. Can you help me overcome this fear of darkness and I feel my fear is that I am leaving the physicality - not sure how to explain. -With Gratitude-K

    1. Hi K. I encourage you to practice witnessing your thoughts and experiences rather than identifying with them. I also encourage you to audit and possibly change your sleep/rest, nutritional, and activity habits. The average Westerner is failing to take care of their bodies correctly. An incorrectly cared for body can lead to all kinds of imbalances and strange experiences.

  11. Hi Jim, I am a regular reader of your posts. During the day anytime I get between work meetings, I return to your blogs to get recharged. It's the last thing I do on most nights or I meditate. Lately I've been feeling a sense of detachment ... Nothing seems fun. I don't desire anything material or look forward to anything. I even don't feel any attachment to family or friends. I am constantly evaluating my feelings and reactions to situations. I wake up at night several times from my sleep and cry in yearning. I don't like my ego self ! I would love your guidance

    1. Come back to awareness, Suku. Watch your ego responses. Breathe and relax through the feelings.

  12. Hi Jim. This got me at the right time. I'm finding intense jolts in my heart coming on as I'm trying to sleep. Almost like a part of me is doing it.

    Some nights worse than others. It feels so scary that I'm out of control and unbearable. I've been on the healing journey for about 7 years and have had this a bit in the past but it's all come to the surface again.

    Sometimes I don't know if I can do this. It feels like too much for me to handle. I feel so lost and hopeless. My sleep feels so important to me and I feel like I'm losing it, along with my sanity and any motivation.

    Also what's your thoughts on the difference between working through the underlying issues vs actually putting all of your focus on the problem and not what you're wanting to create?


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