Naturally Beat Insomnia & Get Better Sleep
Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Are you restless? Are you waking up without the energy you need to meet the day? You’re not alone. Nearly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia and sleeping disorders.
Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Are you restless? Are you waking up without the energy you need to meet the day? You’re not alone. Nearly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia and sleeping disorders. And according to the 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults, 33-45% of Australian adults have inadequate sleep.
Sleep is increasingly recognized as a public health issue, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, occupational errors, and a greater likelihood to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, and reduced quality of life and productivity.
About one in every three adults have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, according to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health. Of those, some 10-15 percent describe their problem as chronic. They have it all the time.
Most often, people experience chronic-intermittent insomnia, which means difficulty sleeping for a few nights, followed by a few nights of adequate sleep before the problem returns. Insomnia can be a disorder in its own right, but often insomnia is a symptom of some other disease or condition, often related to stress and worry. In the case of stress-induced insomnia, the degree to which sleep is disturbed depends on the severity and duration of the stressful situation.
So the big question becomes, “Can grounding yourself provide a natural solution for insomnia and sleep disorders?”
In many cases, the answer is yes! When Clint Ober, started experimenting in 1998 with what he would later call “Earthing,” the very first benefits he personally experienced was better sleep and less pain. For anyone who has experienced years of chronic sleep and pain issues, you know that getting better sleep and having less pain in your body would be a big deal.
In the years since better sleep and less pain have been among the most common a benefits reported by the tens of thousands of people worldwide who have reconnected with the Earth. The grateful feedback frequently has come from individuals describing themselves as chronic insomniacs.
Here are two examples:
“My severe insomnia started about a year and a half ago,” wrote a sixty-one year old woman from Ohio, United States. “I lost a full three months’ of sleep during that time period. I was bedridden for eight months due to lack of sleep and I was truly miserable. When I heard about Earthing, I started going barefoot and then used Earthing mats and sheets. My first Earthing experience was one of feeling total relaxation, and total euphoria after feeling so stressed out for so long. The effect was immediate both with a feeling of stress relief and with sleep. Now, I sleep a deep sleep and if I wake up I am able to go right back to sleep.”
A woman from England reported the following: “I gradually noticed over the first week an improvement in my sleep, which used to be horrendous as every night I went to bed dreading the anxiety and lying there for literally hours before dropping off. I also noticed very subtle things shifting too. The anxiety reduced and I no longer wake with a jolt just after dropping off. I found that I felt more peaceful, which was surprising as I didn't think I was tense all the time. This little sheet connecting me with the Earth, plus the barefooting have done so much for me.”
Throughout the world, electrical systems in homes and offices, and even entire electrical grids, are commonly “grounded” − connected to the Earth’s subtle, surface energy − for stabilization and protection against electrocution and electromagnetic interference. Surprisingly, this very same “ground” also appears to stabilize the body’s countless electrical systems that govern the function of our physiology.
This is what the discovery of Earthing is all about. And for over 20 years, the use of Earthing systems − conductive bed sheets and mats − connected via a wire to the ground port of a wall outlet or a ground rod outside has demonstrated exceptional effectiveness as a sleep aid.
In an initial experiment, Ober identified 60 volunteers with self-reported sleep problems and divided them randomly into grounded and non-grounded groups. After 30 days, between 74 and 100 percent of the grounded group reported improvement in: 1) time to fall asleep, 2) quality of sleep, 3) waking feeling rested, 4) muscle stiffness and pain, 4) chronic back and/or joint pain, and 5) general well-being. In the non-grounded group, reported improvements for these same variables ranged from 0 to 13 percent.
The mechanisms for better sleep, as revealed in multiple Earthing studies, appear related to stress reduction, restoration of autonomic nervous system balance, reduction in pain and inflammation, physiological parameters (pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, skin conductance and perfusion index), improvement in heart rate variability (HRV), and blood flow.
Overall, Earthing continues to show great promise as a simple and natural way to help overcome sleep problems. What could be more natural, in fact, than the Earth putting us to sleep?
An accomplished author, speaker, and science enthusiast, Clint Ober has spent the past 20 years in the pursuit of understanding and identifying the impact that loss of ground contact has on the body. In his scientific endeavours, he later came to understand that humans have a bio-electrical connection with the earth. One that with simple ground contact, neutralizes charge in the body and naturally protects the nervous system and the endogenous fields of the body, from extraneous electrical interference.
The findings to date extend far beyond anything he would ever have believed. This discovery has led to countless testimonies of how earthing, also called grounding, has transformed the well-being of people from around the world. Please visit http://www.barefoothealing.com.au to see the whole story and discover nature's miracle of wellness through earthing.
With thanks from Earthing.com and The University of Adelaide