As an insomniac, I was struggling every night. I was constantly stressed out and tired. My friends knew that I was always looking for new ways to get improved sleep. One day, one of them mentioned an earthing mat for me. I was desperate to get more rest since I was having a hard time staying awake and focused at work.
They explained the benefits of earthing, but I was still skeptical about the science behind them. I did a lot of research on these earthing products to determine if they worked and this is what I found.
In this article, we will be covering my experience with grounding and answering your question of “do earthing mats really work?”
Let’s get started.
Do Earthing/Grounding Mats Really Work?
In my experience, yes. They are designed to help you ground. If you are not familiar with grounding, it is a pretty simple concept that many people use in their daily lives to improve their health.
Grounding involves making contact with the earth with your bare feet. When you do that, your charge is neutralized by the layer of electrons that coat the earth’s surface. This relieves your body of free radicals, which are negative electrons floating throughout your body. Grounding offers many health benefits.
But, what about grounding mats then? Well, they may be useful to people who do not have many opportunities to walk barefoot. When using an earthing mat, you have to make direct contact with it. The mat is made from a conductive material that replicates the earth s energy. When you sleep on it, you allow your body to experience positive changes.
Since I have started grounding, I noticed less inflammation in my body and better sleep–which is what I was hoping to get from this product. If you want to become grounded, a grounding mat or earth sheet might help. The sheets work much the same way, although they tend to have a higher price tag associated with them.
While more research needs to be done on how free electrons affect the human body, there is evidence showing that reconnecting to the earth’s electrons has the potential to improve our health. If you want to become more grounded, but do not have the budget to buy sheets or a mat right now–do not worry. You can simply walk without rubber-soled shoes in nature to even out your body’s charge.
Overall, there is a lot of promising science behind how these grounding products work. If you want to try one out, I recommend it. All you need is to plug your item into an electrical outlet and it is all set to help you ground at home. With a special sheet, you can even sleep while you ground, meaning you can put a lot less effort into it.
What Does the Research Say About Grounding Mats?
The research behind grounding items looks promising for now. However, there is not enough research done on them. They might not be able to completely relieve a chronic disease, but studies have shown that grounding might improve your immune system.
Is There any Science Behind Earthing?
There is. Much of it revolves around us making contact with the earth. Our bodies run on an electrical system, so it is important that we get grounded every once in and awhile. One reason our ancestors may have been healthier than us since they were often barefoot or did not wear rubber on their feet.
Grounding is a way for your bodily systems to safely discharge any excess energy in your body. When you make contact with the earth, the surface electrons that build up there can be transferred to or from your body–balancing you out. It only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete this process.
So, is grounding scientifically proven? Not quite yet. Grounding is still a topic that is being researched. There are not many studies on how electricity from the earth affects our bodies either. What we have seen, however, is not negative–but could have more information.
Recent studies into earthing are exploring the effects of using earthing methods to improve inflammation, assist cardiovascular disease, relieve chronic pain, adjust cortisol levels, and improve a person’s mood.
If I had to summarize the science of earthing up, I would say that it is a health method that comes from absorbing electrons from the earth. All you need to do is make sure that you are walking barefoot or taking the time to ground at home to get the benefits.
But, do earthing mats work the same way? They do. They are designed to help bring the same energy of the earth into your home for you to use. A sheet can also help you ground overnight while you lay in bed.
How Long Does it Take for Earthing to Work?
In another study, people report feeling a decrease in their fatigue levels after using their grounding products for at least four weeks. In my experience, I also felt those similar results. When I use an earthing product, I feel more energized and healthier overall. I think it has been helping me sleep better at night–which is improving many areas of my life.
You can either sleep on your mat or with a sheet to get these benefits for 20 to 30 minutes every day. Many people prefer to use the grounded product at bedtime since longer exposure can be more helpful. For instance, you might experience reductions in inflammation faster or gain a boost in your immune system.
Overall, you will not experience these results overnight–or even after a week. If you are like most people, you might give up on using the earthing sheets or mat too quickly. You will want to allow them time to improve your health, so do not give up too soon.
Does Earthing Work Through Clothes?
That is going to depend on what you are wearing. You want electricity to be able to pass through your clothes. Making direct contact with the earth is best.
With earthing grounding, rubber shoes are going to halt the process. If you want relief from inflammation, make sure nothing is on your feet when you walk outside. Leather or even some other fabrics will not stop the energy from making its way to your body, since those materials are conductive. However, many people like to go outside and feel the grass on their feet anyway. I find that it helps me feel more connected with nature.
Moisture in your clothing may help direct the energy through the clothing. If you want to experience this, you may consider running or working out outdoors more often.
So, earthing can work through some clothes. If you want to get grounded, you will need to pick clothes that offer the least resistance to electrical currents- or just let your bare skin touch the ground or your earthing item. Walking barefoot works much better.
In short, do mats work? I think so. In my experience, I have less inflammation and sleep better when I use one to ground. Sheets are a popular alternative since they can be fitted right to a bed.
I have had a positive experience with all types of grounding. I like my earthing sheets and feel free when I take barefoot walks around my yard.
The science behind the earthing mat and earthing sheet is also looking good at this point. When we ground, plenty of health benefits arise. If you experience any negative issues in your body, you might like to give grounding a shot.
If you have any more questions about how it works, feel free to send me a message through my email address. I would love to hear from you.
So, do grounding mats work? I would have to say they do, at least for me.