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The Impact Of Grounding On Sleep Quality

Humans are naturally attuned to nature. Have you ever wondered how walking barefoot on the beach or lying on the grass immediately calms you? This feeling isn’t just in your head; it’s a phenomenon called grounding or earthing.

Supporters of this practice claim there are multiple benefits of reconnecting with the earth, including getting a restful sleep. But exactly is grounding and how can it affect sleep quality? Let’s explore the answers in this article.    

Understanding Grounding

Grounding involves direct physical contact with the earth’s surface. It encourages practitioners to reconnect to the Earth’s natural electric charge—believed to help balance your body’s natural electrical state. This is said to help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation, contributing to better health.

But what are the easiest ways to incorporate grounding into your daily routine? 

Practical Grounding Techniques

Have you tried medications and traditional approaches that don’t seem to work? Consider these simple grounding techniques that might boost your treatment’s effectiveness:

Take your shoes off and let your feet touch natural surfaces like grass, sand, or soil. Doing this for 15 to 20 minutes can make a difference.

You can also use earthing products from The Grounding Co and other reputable companies. Grounding mats, sheets, or patches work by conducting Earth’s natural electrons into your body. They connect to the grounding port of your home’s electrical system, so you can practice earthing even indoors.

Tending to your garden with your bare hands offers several benefits. It connects you to the earth and increases physical activity and exposure to natural light.

Sitting or lying on the ground are also common earthing techniques. Mediate, read a book, or count the stars to make it more enjoyable. Do these daily, especially in the evening to prepare your body for sleep.

While grounding appears safe for most people, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting any new practice—especially if you have underlying health conditions or use a pacemaker.

Grounding and the Science of Sleep

But how does this Earthly connection translate into a better night’s rest? Our bodies have a natural internal clock called the circadian rhythm. This complex system regulates various functions, including sleep and wakefulness. When our circadian rhythm is disrupted, it can throw our sleep off balance.

Grounding is thought to promote the body’s natural processes that impact sleep, including:

Cortisol is the stress hormone that often spikes due to modern lifestyle stressors. But here’s why you don’t want it: high cortisol levels can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. Studies suggest grounding might influence sleep quality by impacting cortisol levels. A well-regulated cortisol production promotes a more natural sleep-wake cycle, so you don’t spend the rest of the night counting sheep.

Earthing is said to promote circulation. When this happens, you’re less likely to wake up with pain-related discomfort and your muscles will also relax. Increased blood flow also leads to improved delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, including your brain, which can contribute to a more restful sleep.

Inflammation significantly contributes to poor sleep quality. It secretes cytokines that cause wakefulness and impede sleep depth and duration. Grounding can potentially reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals. You’ll likely sleep more soundly and wake up feeling refreshed as a result.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the so-called “rest and digest” response. It manages your body’s response while at rest. Research suggests grounding may activate this natural process, creating a more calming state ideal for dozing off.

Numerous studies and anecdotal reports highlight grounding’s positive impact on sleep, and more evidence are still emerging. For instance, a 2022 study published on the National Library of Medicine focusing on individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease showed that practicing regular grounding techniques can result in sleep improvements.

Moreover, the majority of practitioners report feeling more relaxed and less stressed, which naturally translates to better sleep. Users of grounding mats and sheets often notice a significant improvement in their sleep patterns within a few days to weeks of use.

Grounding proposes that reconnecting with the Earth’s energy can help boost your body’s natural processes, including regulating cortisol levels, improving blood flow and parasympathetic activities, and reducing inflammation—all of which are crucial in getting a restful nap.  

While these purported benefits have yet to be backed by conclusive evidence, this unconventional practice has gained a rather huge following in recent years.

However, grounding shouldn’t be treated as a magic solution for all sleep disorders. So, if your healthcare professional supports the approach, be consistent in practicing it. Who knows, you might finally get that deep sleep you deserve.       

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