Updated: Oct 27, 2022
When I first heard about grounding sheets, I assumed there was no way a sheet could actually connect you to the earth. It turns out I was wrong! In this article I'll share how a grounding sheet works, my experience with using one, and who might benefit from them.
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate with Grooni Earthing, so I may receive a small commission if you purchase through one of my links. That being said, I'm sharing my honest experience with using an earthing sheet (the pros, cons, etc).
How Grounding Sheets Work
Grounding sheets create an electrical connection between you and the earth, just like what happens when you walk barefoot outside. The sheet itself is made with cotton and has a conductive material woven through them (such as silver).
The silver in the sheet connects to a wire that is plugged into the "grounding" port on your outlet (the small round hole on the bottom). Household outlets all have a ground wire connecting your electricity to the ground outside—this prevents electrocution.
After you ground your bedding to this grounding wire, when your skin touches the sheet you're grounding yourself to the earth.
This allows you to have the benefits of grounding while asleep. Grounding has been known to increase energy, reduce stress, improve sleep, and reduce chronic pain/inflammation. It also can help mitigate the harmful electromagnetic frequencies from our electronic devices and WiFi.
My Experience With Using An Earthing Sheet
Before I get into my experience with a grounding sheet, just know that initially the sheet actually made both me and my husband have strange symptoms. The "adjustment phase" didn't last long and now we really like it!
I've always loved the feeling of having bare feet in the grass, sand, dirt, etc so I was excited to give my grounding sheet a try.
When my grounding sheet from Grooni Earthing arrived, I decided I'd put it on our bed without telling my husband—I wanted to see how it affected him (either positive or negative) without him knowing about it.
Literally within 5 minutes of him laying down, he said "I feel nauseous all of the sudden". This was so interesting to me. I actually felt nauseous and a weird "electrical" like sensation in my body. The first night we slept with it I ended up unplugging it in the middle of the night. The reaction wasn't anything that was scary or severe, but it was definitely noticeable.
It turns out that as your body's electrical system is "normalizing" you can have some temporary discomfort. Here is some additional information I found upon researching this:
"All people are different and have different starting points when they begin earthing. Initially, some people may feel a temporary discomfort or even flu-like signs, nausea, pain or aches. In practically all cases, this experience is fleeting. We believe it is the result of a normalization of the body’s “electrical system.” As the process gets underway, the body’s ability to release accumulated toxicity may improve and you could feel that as transient discomfort. Typically, after some initial adjustment, you start feeling better and more energized. The feeling might last a few days at the most but it will go away. If you are uncomfortable, stop earthing yourself for several days and then begin again, starting with shorter exposure and gradually increasing the exposure. In the majority of cases, no discomfort is felt at the beginning." (excerpt from Earthingpeople)
The fact that my husband had this reaction immediately without me even telling him about the sheet showed me that the grounding sheet was certainly doing something. Over the next few days, those initial symptoms completely went away and we started to see some benefits.
I've noticed an increase in quality of sleep and find that I'm waking up less at night. It's difficult to say with 100% confidence that the improvements in sleep are due to the grounding sheet, but I do believe it is having some positive effects. It hasn't been completely life-altering, but its helped enough for it to be worth it.
Who Can Benefit From Grounding Sheets
Personally, I see grounding sheets as a tool that can help with sleep, lowering inflammation, and healing—but that being said it certainly isn't necessary to have one. Let me explain. If you're in a position where you can afford a grounding sheet, it's worth trying.
If it's a big stretch budget wise, you may be better off sticking to the (many) other biohacking tools that are free. If its not something you can afford, don't sweat it! There are so many other ways to improve your health.
Here are some examples of biohacking tools that don't cost a thing:
Grounding / earthing (outside)
When it comes to holistic health, it's important not to get too hung up on doing everything and just trust in the bodies ability to heal. The reason I decided to try a grounding sheet was because its an easy, effortless thing that you can add to your bed that may improve your health. Overall its been a positive experience for me, but it is something that's difficult to quantify.
For some, grounding sheets may bring significant health improvements, but for others, the benefits may be negligible. There's no way to know how you personally will respond without trying it.
Something to keep in mind is that grounding sheet I have (from Grooni Earthing) offers a satisfaction guarantee, meaning you can return within 30 days if you aren't happy with it.
If you've tried a grounding sheet, I'd love to hear about your experience in the comments down below! Thank you for visiting my blog!