Earthing blankets, also known as grounding blankets, have gained popularity recently due to their potential grounding benefits and claims to improve health.
These innovative bedding accessories aim to connect the body to the Earth's natural electrical energy while resting on the bed. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of earthing, the science behind it, and how earthing blankets can positively impact the body during sleep.
Let's check if earthing blankets truly work and how they might improve health and well-being, and provide a grounding experience for better quality sleep.
Do Earthing Blankets Work?
Yes, earthing blankets work in the sense that they provide the same grounding benefits as other grounding products. Studies on grounding show evidence of improved sleep, reduced stress, pain, inflammation, and normalized cortisol levels.
The Benefits of Earthing Blankets
Many individuals use earthing blankets to improve sleep and mood and reduce stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, headaches, fatigue, and muscle tension, among other benefits.
One of the pioneering studies by Ghaly and Teplitz investigated the impact of grounding on sleep and circadian cortisol profiles. The study involved 12 subjects experiencing pain and sleep disturbances, who slept grounded for 8 weeks using a system with conductive carbon or silver threads woven into a cotton sheet. The results revealed that diurnal cortisol profiles normalized, and most participants reported improvements in sleep, reduced pain, and decreased stress levels.
Another research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, led by Dr. Maurice Ghaly, state that participants who slept with grounding pads showed reduced cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress. The participants' circadian rhythm also began to normalize, and they reported improved sleep quality and reduced pain and stress.
Grounding blankets are also widely praised for their larger size and coverage, allowing them to encompass a larger area, such as a bed or couch, resulting in enhanced comfort for continuous grounding throughout the night or day. Many individuals have found that using grounding blankets for 6-8 hours at night aligns with the body's natural healing and regeneration processes, leading to reported benefits.
Grounding blankets present several advantages when compared to a grounding mat, especially in terms of providing greater coverage and comfort for extended grounding sessions. Users value the versatility of grounding blankets, as they can be utilized on various surfaces and settings, whether at home, in the office, or during travel.
Furthermore, grounding mats might not consistently offer the same level of comfort, particularly during prolonged use, and could have limitations in their applicability to certain surfaces.
The use of earthing blankets has gained popularity due to compelling evidence of the benefits they offer. By connecting the body to the Earth's electrons, earthing blankets may promote better sleep and reduce stress, inflammation, and pain while enhancing circulation and blood sugar regulation.
As experts continue to explore the concept of earthing, these grounding blankets remain a promising option for those seeking natural ways to improve their well-being, lifestyle, and overall health without relying on any specific treatment.
The difference they make in promoting wellness and enhancing the human body's potential for healing is remarkable, making earthing blankets an accessible and beneficial practice for anyone interested in enhancing their overall health and well-being.
1. Oschman, James L, et al. “The Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Inflammation, the Immune Response, Wound Healing, and Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases.” Journal of Inflammation Research, 24 Mar. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/#:~:text=Notes%3A%20Grounded%20sleep%20system%20consists,Earth%20near%20a%20healthy%20plant.
2. D;, Ghaly M;Teplitz. “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 (New York, N.Y.), pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15650465/. Accessed 18 July 2023.
About the Author
Marixie Ann Obsioma is a licensed Medical Technologist who has worked in private and government hospitals, allowing her to engage with patients across a range of diverse medical departments.