Getting Started FAQs

(North America) If you have an older house, built before the 1960s, and all the outlets do not have a third hole (ground port) then you will either need to use a ground rod or call an electrician to do some updating on your electrical system.
In any case, Earthing products come with an outlet checker that is very simple to use. You just stick it in your wall outlet and it lights up if you have a good solid ground.  You then just plug the accompanying Earthing cord into the third hole and you are go to go.
Outside of North America, you will also have to use a ground rod if your home’s electrical system is not properly grounded.  If it is grounded, you will have to obtain a grounded North American adapter for your outlets.

Initially, some people may feel some temporary discomfort or even flu-like symptoms, pain or achiness. We believe it is the result of a systemic healing process and 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 somewhat uncomfortable. Typically, after some initial adjustment, you start feeling better and more energized. The odd feeling might last a few days at the most but it usually fades away. If you are uncomfortable, stop grounding yourself for several days and then begin again, starting with shorter exposure. Gradually increase your exposure. In the majority of cases, no discomfort is felt at the beginning. For more information, please refer to our article on New to Earthing.

In the Earthing book, we used the generic term bed pad to describe a variety of early Earthing sleep systems developed by Clint Ober. The current sleep products available are all effective.

They include the following:

1) a half-sheet that fits across a part of the bed,

2) a fitted sheet,

3) the Earthing throw, a plush, organic cotton conductive semi-blanket/semi-sheet that can be used as a bottom half-sheet on your bed or as a snuggle-up wrap while reading or watching television.

4) the Earthing bed, comprising a memory foam mattress, conductive cover, and conductive fitted sheet

5) the universal Earthing mat, which can also be used on the floor, at the desk, or in bed.

People sometimes report feeling a tingling sensation in their body the first few times they are grounded at night. It is usually not an unpleasant feeling. And don’t worry: you are not being electrocuted! You are simply feeling the Earth’s natural, healing energy coming into your body. The tingling is likely related to the initial re-energizing, re-synchronizing, and normalizing effects, as well as improved circulation, that this transfer of energy generates. The sensation usually diminishes and goes away after a few sessions of Earthing. It may be felt again once you resume Earthing after stopping for some time. The energy may sometimes also create a sensation of achiness, or fleeting cramps, in parts of the body that are compromised, for instance, in the legs and feet of patients with diabetes who have poor circulation.  For more information, please refer to our article on New to Earthing.
Contact with the Earth appears to create warmth in the extremities and body as a result of better circulation and relaxation. We have seen people quickly develop a rosier color in their skin. Many people have also reported feeling some initial tingling in the extremities.
Sleep is so subjective, and the quality is often related to life’s stresses.  No matter how grounded somebody is, stressful situations can readily impact sleep. Drinking a lot of caffeine or alcohol in the evening could also interfere with sleep.

The question to ask is this: can you be barefoot on the Earth too much? The whole Earthing experience indoors is a replica of being barefoot on the Earth outside. Keep in mind that humans evolved walking, sitting, and sleeping on the Earth.
There are a variety of responses that people have when they start Earthing. Some experience different and strange sensations. We generally attribute them to a normalizing, detoxifying, and energizing process. Many systems are adjusting to the Earth’s energy, making all the gears and cogs more efficient, so to speak, and enhancing more efficient removal of toxins. These processes take different forms, and can take longer or shorter, depending on the individual.
If you are taking any medications, it is possible that the normalization process could be creating a situation where the level of dosage has become excessive. The body is functioning better, so you may need less of a particular medication. If you suspect this to be the case you should consult with your doctor and discuss the possibility of reducing medication. Please refer to our Earthing report on medication.  For anyone taking multiple medications, we strongly advise not starting Earthing without a discussion and approval from one’s doctor. 

The body takes as many electrons from the Earth as it needs. It uses up electrons in many metabolic processes, including the basic process of cellular energy production, so there is always a demand for more. If you are grounding yourself on a routine basis, you are, in a sense, topping up your tank.

Everybody benefits in some way, but we are all different. The benefits can come quickly and dramatically, such as less pain and better sleep, or subtly and gradually over time.  Often people who are very ill feel a dramatic difference.  Someone with radiant health and who sleeps well may not feel any substantial difference, however, connecting to the Earth is helping to preserve and perpetuate good health. We regard Earthing as a natural form of anti-aging medicine, whether you feel it or not.

If you don’t think Earthing is working for you, please read our report on the subject.

One of the points that we emphasize is that you drink plenty of water.  We have found that people who are dehydrated are less able to conduct the Earth’s energy and electrons in their bodies and experience fewer benefits.

So-called electro-sensitive people report feeling strange energy in the beginning and some even say they feel ill. The energy they feel when grounded is simply Earth’s natural energy.
We regard these sensations generally as part of an adjustment/healing/detoxification process as the body normalizes and inflammation goes down. If the feeling is too uncomfortable, stop sleeping or working grounded. Re-start your grounding by spending a half hour or forty minutes, or even less, twice a day barefoot outside or in contact with an Earthing sheet, mat, or band inside your home. Then very slowly increase your exposure. In this way, you may often be able to work your way gradually to sleeping grounded for six to eight hours at night. Just go very slow and at your own pace. Some electro-sensitive people have found that they receive positive benefits just from minimum exposure to Earthing.

Our preference is not to do so, even though your body will sweat to varying degrees and the moisture may create enough of a channel of conductivity through the regular sheet to facilitate the transfer of the Earth’s energy.

Ideally, you want some part of your body to be in direct contact with the grounded sheet: the skin of your body touching the conductive sheet.  That’s how you best absorb the energy from the Earth and how you get the benefits. If you have a grounded half-sheet, put it over your regular bottom sheet.  A full-fitted Earthing sheet can serve as your bottom sheet.

Yes, as long as some bare skin comes in direct contact with the sheet, such as your feet. If some part of your body does not directly contact the sheet, it will require some moisture for the direct current of the Earth to flow through the fabric into your body.  For some people this occurs naturally during the night when moisture from the body creates the necessary conductivity.  Best, however, is having bare skin contact.  Some people have asked if there is any type of pajama fabric that will not work with the sheet. The answer is that the fabric of the pajamas is irrelevant.
The Earth’s energy is conducted most optimally via bare skin contact.  However, if you must wear socks, try to have some skin − bare legs or another body part − touch the Earthing sheet. You can place the Earthing product in your bed wherever it is most comfortable and effective for you. If you wear socks to bed because of cold feet, you will often find that your feet warm up naturally from improved circulation when you sleep grounded.
Yes, but direct skin contact is best.  Feet naturally sweat and will hydrate socks, particularly thinner sock, thus facilitating the ability of the Earth’s energy to rise up into the body.
There is nothing wrong with using an Earthing sleep product with any electrical devices as long as those devices are in good working order.

Earthing sheets do not run on electricity. Nor do they heat up as does an electric blanket. They only conduct the subtle energy from the ground. They do not conduct the electrical energy that flows in the electrical system of your house and powers your lights and appliances. If you want to know about safety issues related to the use of electric blankets, visit the following website: http://www.electricblanketinstitute.com/safety.html  There are no additional safety issues regarding the use of an electric blanket when sleeping grounded. Earthing product cords contain a current-limiting resistor that prevent any harmful effect should an electrical event such as a short develop in an electric blanket.

There is no problem with using an Earthing sheet over a magnetic mattress pad. The magnets in the magnetic mattress pad produce a static magnetic field that would naturally go through and extend beyond the surface of the Earthing sheet similar to the way it passes through a regular sheet.