So… back to my insomnia.
As I said, I’ve struggled with sleep a lot. About two months ago I was having a really bad week. After my fifth day of only two hours I was at my wits end. I was so frustrated, so overwhelmed, and Just. So. Tired. I’ve struggled with restless legs for a long time. I often just felt a buzzing in my body… an overload of unsettled energy. I had a hunch that I needed to get connected to the earth. (After all, I live on the third floor.) The problem: It was cold and I live on the third floor. The thought of throwing off my shoes seemed a little insane in the middle of the winter.
So I bought some earthing sheets. I figured, “what do I have to lose?” The first night I felt a slight warm tingling sensation in my legs (which I hear is normal). I also felt a heaviness in my limbs like I’ve never felt before. I slept much deeper. I fell asleep much faster. I still woke up a couple of times (I have a very loud baby who sometimes screams out in her sleep), but I would fall asleep within 5 – 15 minutes (instead of the usual two hours).
It was a miracle.
Or was it?
We were designed to be part of the earth—part of the natural cycle of things. The more I read about how things “used to be,” the more I realize that our bodies are meant to be way more in sync with the rhythms of nature than we are currently living. (If you really want to feel your hippie love check out lunaception.) The idea of not being connected to the earth is really new. And it’s really messing with our bodies.
I knew that my insomnia was probably rooted in a hormonal imbalances. Both melatonin and Cortisol are prime components of our body’s sleep rhythms. Look at this chart on how grounding (earthing) helped normalize Cortisol levels:
Of course, I don’t need a chart to tell me how I feel personally. For the past month, ever since I’ve been grounded during my sleep (and getting as much barefoot time when the weather permits as possible) I have slept better than I have for as long as I can remember. Is every night perfect? No. Sometimes I still have a lot on my mind and if C wakes me up after 3 I may ponder for 20 or so minutes before dozing off again. But most days I am back to sleep within 5 minutes. I feel much more rested. I have much more energy. I feel more calm, less stressed, and more… well, grounded.
What do you have to lose?
Give yourself a little challenge. Spend more time with your bare feet on the earth. If you live near an ocean, walk on the shore. Find a grassy park and play a game of tag. Notice how you feel.
The more time you spend grounded the longer lasting the benefits. This is partly why I finally caved and bought the sheets. But even short and daily contact will help your body in the long run.
There is so much more to this whole “earthing” thing than I can write in a couple of posts (no matter how long they may seem.) The book, Earthing: The most important health discovery yet? can give you a better insight to the science and personal experiences behind this new (but ancient) concept.
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