Most people want to sleep better every night, but only few people are able enjoy that luxury.

Even if you get the recommended 8-hour sleep daily, poor or disturbed sleep is still unhealthy. Poor sleep can make you feel drowsy, unrefreshed, listless, and fuzzy the next morning. What’s worse, you can end up swigging endless cups of coffee to get through the day. This could lead to a vicious cycle of poor sleep at night and caffeine dependence at day.

Yawning away your sleep disorders is the worst you could do to yourself or your loved ones. Fortunately, there is a natural, safe and effective solution to help you sleep better, and it’s called earthing.

Researchers unearthed fascinating evidences about earthing and its ability to create a potent and positive shift in the body’s electrical state. Studies show that earthing affects the electrodynamics of the blood to reinstate natural self-healing and self-regulatory mechanisms.

What is Earthing?

Our ancestors were always in touch with Mother Earth.  They grounded themselves by sitting or lying on the floor and walking barefoot. They also used footwear and mattresses made of natural materials like straw and leather.

On the other hand, the latter generations have lost this contact by keeping away from the floor in every possible way. We sleep on beds, sit on chairs, and wear footwear made of artificial materials like plastic or rubber that cut our contact with the earth.

Child-playing-in-a-puddle-barefoot

Children who played in the dirt barefeet tend to be healthier.

 

Our penchant for cleanliness and aversion to dirt also make us stop our children from frolicking in the mud. Some parents even confine their children to indoor games and gadgets. A stark contrast in the past in which children splashed away in mud pools, built sand castles on beaches, or pottered around in gardens to look for worms and slugs. Despite their fondness for playing in the dirt, these children had strong immune systems.

Today, researchers believe that grounding ourselves back to mother earth can relieve sleep dysfunctions, stress, chronic ill-health, and inflammation. This process is referred to as ‘earthing’.

Ground with free electrons illustration

The surface of the earth holds a limitless supply of free electrons. Electricity passes to and from the earth’s surface through these electrons and some natural phenomena.

Reconnecting with the earth, either by going barefoot or using an indoor earthing system, helps transfer these electrons from the earth’s surface into our bodies. The electrons behave like antioxidants and neutralise the free radicals to improve immune functions.

Swarm of free electrons encounter a free radical

An electron added to the free radical to nullify its destructive effect to the body.

We’ve published an article that explained thoroughly the relationship between earthing and antioxidants. Get a better understanding about how earthing help reduce free radicals here.

To put it simply, the free electrons your body absorbs can make you feel peaceful and calm everytime you walk barefoot on the ground. That’s just one of the many benefits of the naturally available electrons.

However, it’s not always practical to get our hands and feet dirty. It’s not even logical to go back to the ways of our ancestors. This is where conducting products, like our Earthing Sleep Systems and Earthing Mats, can help us reconnect with the earth.

How does Earthing help improve your sleep?

Cortisol, a hormone that the adrenal glands produce, is one of the many culprits of stress, sleep dysfunctions, and inflammation. The adrenal glands release cortisol in varying amounts based on a day-night pattern. Normally, cortisol works as a stimulant to help you stay awake and energised throughout the day. Cortisol levels decreases at night to help you fall asleep.

However, long-standing stress and chronic inflammation lead to abnormally high cortisol levels even at nighttime. Disrupted cortisol levels can cause insomnia, sleep disturbances, mood disorders, increased blood pressure, and other heart complaints.

Cortisol levels before earthing

Syle, a well-known researcher, established a connection between increased cortisol levels, stress, and inflammatory changes within the body as far back as the 1950s. Current biomedical researches used his findings to develop the ‘inflammation hypothesis’. These researchers believe that chronic inflammation is the culprit behind most common health complaints today, which includes poor sleep and insomnia.

cortisol levels after earthing

 

In addition, Ghaly and Teplitz conducted a pilot study in 2004 and concluded that  earthing or grounding during sleep reduces cortisol levels. The study showed marked improvements in the subjects’ sleep patterns. Improvement in sleep quality and relief from insomnia led to reduced aches and stress levels as well.

Earthing is a natural remedy that can eliminate excess free radicals, curb inflammation, and normalise cortisol levels, and improve sleep disorders.

How can you use Earthing on a daily basis?

Walking barefoot is a natural way to absorb the earth’s natural healing powers.

The benefits of grounding yourself to the earth are reasons enough to kick off your shoes and indulge in a nice long barefoot walk in the garden or along the beach. Don’t have the time walk barefoot regularly? Sleeping on an Earthing Sleep System is a convenient way to get a daily dose of the earth’s healing energy. It’s also a great way to help rid yourself of sleep disorders and daytime drowsiness too. Take a look in our Better Earthing shop.

References:

Ghaly M, Teplitz D. The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2004;10(5):767–776.