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Why I Sleep Connected to a Grounding Rod in My Flower Bed

20. august 2012

My family and oldest friends gave me up for crazy several years ago. I have, for the most part, stopped eating what they eat 4 times a day. I have chucked the antibacterial dish soap out of my cupboard while hissing about microorganisms having the right to live. And I have set up «do not mow-areas» on the lawn, where some of my little herb friends were growing.

Yup.

Crazy lady.

I’m kinda hoping someone soon will ask what that strange wire hanging from my bedroom window is, but I don’t even think they dare ask those questions anymore.

The truth of the matter, is that I now sleep grounded and earthed, and have done so for a month or so.

The theory (yes, my inner Victorian is pleased with this) is quite simple. The earth has negative ions. This is easily observed with a multimeter, and it is common knowledge. Just rub your hair on a balloon, and then set your naked toe down in the grass – you get rid of the static electricity just like that – you are earthed and grounded and part of the earth’s own circuit.

But then, we don’t walk around barefoot anymore. We have rubber soles, live in insulated houses and have quite literally lost our connection to the earth. Instead, though, we handle electrical stuff every single day, right now I’m sitting with a mini-PC on my lap and my smart phone just beside me. We get charged every day, for many hours at a time, without being able to release it into earth.

The big question, though, is if this means something or not.

Some think it does.

And some has done some research.

Results indicate that grounding the human body to earth («earthing») during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and resynchronizes cortisol hormone secretion more in alignment with the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile. Changes were most apparent in females. Furthermore, subjective reporting indicates that grounding the human body to earth during sleep improves sleep and reduces pain and stress. The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress.

 

Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events. Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity-a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease. 

They even think that grounding/earthing reduces inflammation in the body, making it a potential cure for everything from fibromyalgia to dementia to arthritis. I’m not claiming it does. I don’t know. But I do find this idea intriguing.

This is a picture showing the effect after only 30 minutes of earthing/grounding:

It is pretty amazing, huh? Just imagine the impact of this, if it indeed turns out to be a link between our disconnection to the earth in this very practical sense, and everything that inflammation does to our health.

It’s as easy as taking your shoes off and stepping outside.

Or touching a flower.

Really, it is.

However, I do live in Norway where it seems to alternate between ice ages and monsoons, so I decided I should just buy an earthing mat to at least have a connection to earth while sleeping, and see what happens.

This is the point where I really wish I had a home lab or at least the sense of having before/after pictures and the whole shebang. I’d so love that.

But all I know, is this:

I have slept deeply ever since I set my toe on the grounding mat.

A constant infection on the wet line in my eye is gone.

And the psoriasis I’ve had on my elbows for more than 10 years is going away, which in all probability means that the cortisol level IS lower now for whatever reason

I didn’t do this scientifically; I have also done other things to improve my skin, but the thing is, most of those things I have tried before without these results. I follow Rose Cole’s psoriasis regime, which made it a lot better before, but not as good as this, and I’ve gone bananas with my coconut oil, which also made it a lot better before, but not this great.

I mean, just look at it.

It’s almost completely healed.

Placebo? Maybe.

Lucky coincidence? Could very well be, as I said, I didn’t do this scientifically, and there could be a lot of wild cards; maybe the quality of the supplements has varied, maybe the tanning beds are different, maybe what I’ve been eating has all kinds of effects…

But as for now, I’ll continue to earth and ground myself as much and as often as I possibly can.

Have you tried it? Do you have an earthing/grounding system, or do you have the opportunity to touch the earth every day? Tell me! I’m highly intrigued.

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  1. Wow! As you probably know, skin issues are linked to base chakra issues so it makes absolute sense that the earthing mat would have an impact on your psoriasis. Wonderful! Love Jackie xxx

  2. The earthing mat sounds very cool! I will be looking them up to see what they are exactly. You are the one who first got me to explore the concept of grounding in depth, which I thank you for by the way. 🙂

  3. Too funny. I literally just came in from sleeping on the grass under the cottonwood tree in the back yard to read this. And yes, I feel great!

    I think society is astray with all of this inside shoe time. The most balanced point in my life occurred when I was barefoot all day long, swimming (negative ions galore), and taking naps on a bed of pine needles in the woods. It felt miserable to me to adapt to an inside lifestyle after that.

    I haven’t purchased any earthing technology, but I do have a salt lamp which is supposed to increase the negative ions in a room. It is lovely regardless.

    I think you are on to something. : )

    Crystal

  4. This is absolutely fascinating. It’s been a long time since I walked barefoot on earth – at the moment the combination on Reynauld’s and a slug/anail infestation (yes, really, I do not use that word lightly!) mean that even in my garden I wear shoes and socks.

    But it does feel very very good when I go barefoot on the beach – perhaps I will see if I can get is some barefoot beach time tomorrow. 😀

    1. Oh yes. I know exactly what you mean, we have those infestations too. I think my sweetheart killed over 200 in just a few hours the other night. Tips: If you want to clear an area of your garden, then draw a good ole circle of sea salt. They melt if they try to cross it, true story, so just throw them out of your circle and enjoy the solitude. 😉

      (And before anyone starts calling me a murderer, our snails are not native, and they suppress native species, it’s a huge problem here in Norway.)

  5. What an interesting idea! I love to walk barefoot – living in the UK, it’s not really appropriate for about 7 months of the year, so I may have to investigate getting an earthing mat! Great article, thanks! x

  6. I have a labyrinth painted on my patio and I walk it barefooted even in the rain…cold, brr. You can ground on cement because it is made of sand and gravel- good ol’ rocks. I walk on grass whenever I can as well, but there is very little of it around my home. I never heard of an earthing mat…new Google search on my agenda. thanks, as ever your blog has opened up a new dialogue on a subject I was not aware I am interested in 😀

  7. Hello there!

    This is such a very interesting and nice post. I also love walking barefoot. Yes, it is common knowledge that earth has negative ions. This is observed with a multimeter. I believe that multimeters are very useful.

    -Ryan

  8. I love this post! I have been using an Earthing Pad for several months now and can really feel the difference. I feel way less zapped after I’ve been on the computer for a long time. I work with my overseas clients overseas via Skype and that used to drain me so much. Grounding has really helped keep my energy level and sustained. I may do a blog post on this myself. Would you mind if I linked this article if I do? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh no, please link and share! 🙂

      I miss my earthing pad so much. I moved, and now I live in the second story with absolutely no way of getting it connected to the earth again. May have to look into getting it connected to the electrical wiring, but it’s a different system here than what I see others are doing.

      1. Just saw this post in my SPAM folder! Sorry for the late reply. Here is the link to the pad I use

        http://www.earthing.com There is also sheets I am thinking of getting!

        I know that is you are in Europe you can get an adapter for it from David Wolfes site.

        Happy Grounding

  9. Grounding is such an awesome thing to do. I remember years ago having to wait 2 hours for my son. I was just sitting in the car feeling all drained and sleepy, and thought I would walk across the playing field beside me to watch the dog walkers.
    So, I took off my shoes (because the grass was wet) and started slowly walking without any energy. By the time I got to the other side of the wet grass – I felt like running. I had been so well earthed and incredibly energized. Such a simple and cheap thing to do to improve your health and mindset 🙂

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