How I Made Grounding Sheets

All this talk about these invisible things called “EMF’s” or electromagnetic fields can seem overeathingwhelming to anyone. I have to admit that when I had first heard about them I didn’t really pay much attention. It was only later after anecdotal reports from a relative that “grounding” had helped their chronic inflammation and arthritic pain when nothing else worked that I became curious.

I was lent a book called “Earthing” which really seemed to clarify the problem at hand and how it could be affecting us in many ways we never considered.

What probably peaked my interest the most were sleep and adrenal issues. We had resolved my son’s sleeping issues years ago by regulating his endocrine system through adrenal support and then resetting his circadian rhythm with the help of melatonin. We eventually graduated from melatonin and didn’t need it anymore. His sleep was fine for several years and then began to take a nose dive. Some nights he could not fall asleep until after 1am. Other nights he would wake up at 2 am wide awake and could not go back to sleep. This went on for months.  It was only later that I figured out why.

After reading the book I began a quest to see if grounding would help because we were all exhausted with the night wakings. I did some EMF testing and found the Kindle Fire my son received as a gift was the highest emitting device in our home. It’s purchase also coincided with the appearance of sleep problems. We disabled the WiFi on it and relocated this item but that was not adequate for sleep as long as it remained in his room. He uses it to listen to audio books before bed.

I decided to make a primitive grounding mat to test this theory out before investing in anything more expensive. My test grounding mat was made from metal window screen, duct tape, speaker wire, an in-line 5 amp fuse, and a length of metal clothes hanger as the grounding rod. It was similar to this one:

Skeptic that I am, we set it up under the sheet and ran the wire out the window into the yard, and pushed the grounding round end into the soil. Then we waited to see what would happen.

For the first time ever my son fell asleep in 10 minutes. He slept all night. Even as a baby this never happened.

I made a second temporary grounding mat for my bed. Wow! I fell asleep faster than I ever have. I woke up with less soreness or aching in my body. It also consequently reduced my husbands snoring.  My son going to bed and sleeping all night was enough to sell me on the concept.

I decided to figure out how to make something more durable for this purpose. I made grounding half sheets for our beds.  You can buy these if your budget allows.

There are two options for grounding depending on your home or apartment.

Grounded electrical outlets versus not grounding. Older homes do not have grounded electrical outlets and this is usually evident by 2 prong outlets but not always. As in our case the outlets were changed to three prong, but were not grounded. You can verify what you have in your home or apartment by using an outlet tester which you can buy here or at the local home center. The newer your home the more likely it is grounded.

If your electrical system is indeed properly grounded you can use ground outlet plugs on your grounding mat that plug into your outlets.

If your electrical system is not grounded, you will have to use a grounding rod instead. This is what we had to do but I did make an extra grounding rod outlet plug for when we travel and it’s been useful in hotels, We just take our tester with us to verify.

Materials I used:

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Assembly:

I cut my fabric to the sizes I needed that would cover the top half of each bed. I stitched around the edges with silver thread I bought at the sewing store to be sure the fabric would not unravel or fray. I attached the snap connector through a tiny hole I made in the corner of the fabric  with a seam ripper. The hole should be very small and only accommodate the nub on the male end of the snap ring. This way the wire end loop can be placed over it and snapped closed.   This connection should be placed near the top corner of the fabric so the wiring will actually hang down at the top or bottom of your mattress to reach the nearest outlet or window. This prevents any wiring from being underneath you when you lay on it and reduce the chances it will pull apart.

I cut the wire and attached the in-line fuse, then re-attached the other end of the wire using wire bean connectors on both ends. You squeeze these down with pliers after  you have both ends of the wire inside.

I did hand sew the bottom of snap in place on the fabric, The top half I sewed but made it loose so that it could be opened and closed but would not fall off the fabric. This keeps the snaps from getting lost if it accidentally comes apart.  (Trust me it’s worth the extra time.)

I did choose to sew some extra scrap fabric to the sides of our grounding sheets that we wrapped around the mattress and tuck under it to keep the grounding sheet from sliding or bunching up under the sheet. That has worked very well and this is easy to do if you have a sewing machine or can borrow one. This entire project is all straight stitching and there are many tutorials on YouTube if you are unfamiliar with a sewing machine.

You can put these under your regular sheet and they work just fine.

Tips:

Grounding using an outlet:

  • make sure your outlets are grounded. Use a tester if unsure.
  • make sure your wire is long enough to reach the outlet you plan to use near the bed
  • You absolutely do need an in-line fuse to break the circuit if your home is struck by lightning.

Grounding using a grounding rod:

  • Make sure your wire is thin enough not to interfere with the operation of the window you will use because it does have to go outside and stay there.
  • Make sure the snap connection on the fabric is near the corner of the fabric that will be near the window you will use.
  • Think anti-corrosion and water tight! I wrapped the stripped end of the green grounding wire around the rod several times then wrapped that in electrical tape. I made sure that I could not pull it off easily. Then I wrapped that in duct tape. Tossed it out the window, pushed it into the ground and closed the window.
  • You absolutely do need an in-line fuse to break the circuit in case the earth near your home is struck by lightning.

It doesn’t hurt to inspect your grounding mat connections once in a while because sometimes they do come unplugged or your husband takes the stakes out of the ground to weed whack and forgets to put them back!  In our case I usually know if they are unplugged because my son will wake up at night or report bad dreams.

I also put some electrical tape on both sides of the snap which helps keep it from coming un-snapped.

It also helps to realize that no current goes through the grounding mat wiring because it is not connected to or plugged into any electrical current. It’s only connected to a ground which allows extra electrical current to flow out of you.

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Silver rip-stop fabric, scrap side fabric, wire connection sealed with electrical tape

Grounding is something we did automatically since the dawn of time anytime we walked barefoot, put our feet in the lake or ocean or wore leather soled shoes. It’s only since we began wearing synthetic soles that we have become disconnected from it. Factor that into the wireless revolution of cell towers, WiFi connections and we are basked in a lot of EMF’s we can’t see and can’t get rid of without grounding. I hope this article gives food for though about how this may affect your family and what you can do about it.

My kid is grounded…literally!

My kid is grounded! Literally!

English: A cell phone tower in Palatine, Illin...Your kids can’t sleep? With all the commercials for sleep aid medications I don’t think this problem is isolated to children on the autism spectrum.

Certainly we are not strangers to late nights and early morning waking. And you might think I’ve finally gone all the way off the wagon into Nutsville, but believe me, I wouldn’t be blogging about it, if it didn’t do something good for my kid.

We’ve always had issue with our child sleeping. Falling asleep was the primary problem, but we’ve had our share of night waking, early morning waking and just not sleeping half the night. We’ve done many things with supplements that sometimes helped. Or at least got us and him some sleep for a few days at a time.  Melatonin was helpful for a while, until it started giving him bad dreams. We switched brands and that helped but if he took it for more than a few nights in a row, the problem would return.

The past two years have probably been the worst. Dern near crashed my adrenals again by being up until 1am or later with a mini-insomniac who would finally close his eyes only to be up at 6am and NOT tired. Which means I’m up and I am tired.  And boy can you say cranky kid?

Can’t say I am pleasant as punch if I’m only sleeping a few hours at a rip either. So I don’t blame him but after months of this, the madness needed to end.

Some years ago there was a disturbance, and by that I mean commotion among parents on the autism forums about EMF’s. You know, “electromagnetic fields”? The thing we can’t see but they keep telling us are safe?  Electrical energy comes out of cell phone towers, WiFi routers as well as anything electrical. And its increased dramatically in the past 10 years as we’ve all become “connected”.

Well I was immersed in something else at that time and I gave it a brief glance and it somewhat registered in the back of my mind that, “Yes, too much electricity could be disturbing to our bodies because we are after all, electrical in every sense”.

So like many other protocols, ideas, supplements, diets….it became shelved in my mind where I keep all the other stuff I intend to get to eventually.

Well by December of this year, I was pretty tired and I had a kid that wasn’t sleeping and didn’t find his pillow until 3am sometimes despite his best efforts. I could not put my finger on why it was so much worse the past two years. Just like I could not put my finger on why the past few years I’ve had a relative that can’t sleep more than a few hours at night. Despite supplements, medications etc. Still not a decent nights sleep.

Ah the puzzles that keep me up at night? I’m up anyway, right? Might as well think about something.

Over the holidays I borrowed a book from a relative that  had begun doing something called “Earthing” or “grounding” and it was helping their chronic pain. Sure, I’d heard of it, it was on that shelf, remember?

I read the book. A lot of it hit home. It was making sense. What changed two years ago in our house? We bought a Kindle because my son is tactile sensitive to paper and reads digital books. He uses this at night to listen to audio books to help him fall asleep. Which in theory….sounds good. He used to listen to audio books on CD’s and that did work fine. So what’s he difference between an audio CD and a Kindle?

EMF’s! A lot of them.

Don’t believe me, measure them. This item had the highest EMF’s in our house. Higher than our WiFi which is nowhere near where we sleep. Nothing in our home, not even cell phones gave this high of a reading.  I disabled the WiFi capability on it, which reduces it, but it is still pretty high.

Plus I’ve been mumbling this sentence for months now “Since we bought that Kindle, I swear this kid doesn’t sleep anymore!”.

Well, if I weren’t so tired…..it wouldn’t have taken me this long to make the connection.  I finished the book. And it resonated with me that my relative that could not sleep….well they put a cell phone tower on her street just a few years ago.  Consequently about the time the insomnia seemed to become a problem. They’ve lived there for over 20 years, but that tower hasn’t always been there.

My Christmas break project was to build one of these grounding mats. Why not? I really had nothing to lose but some duct tape, speaker wire, metal screen, metal coat hanger, electrical tape, and a $2 fuse from “The Shack”. Most all of which I had lying around the house anyway.

A bit of trial and error (error #1: make sure you buy heavy-duty duct tape, not light-duty) and we had two grounding mats.  That first night he had this on his bed and he fell asleep in record time. FIVE minutes, I kid you not. Slept right through the night too. Its been 6 weeks and he’s still asleep in under 15 minutes and sleeping through the night. Even the one night he woke because he was thirsty, he went back to sleep.

I ended up making our own grounding sheets from silver thread ripstop fabric which is a far more permanent solution to the trial with metal screen. (more comfortable too!) I plan to write a post about that soon.

He has since learned to use this as a self-regulation tool. When he’s
feeling stressed he will go lay on it for a few minutes and come back in better spirits.

Even the cat naps on it!

Once I made the fabric grounding sheets for all our beds we report the following changes:

  • calmed anxiety in child just by sitting on it for a few minutes
  • better sleep, deeper sleep
  • fall asleep faster, calming feeling
  • increases circulation so no more cold feet all night
  • hubbie doesn’t snore as loud
  • less soreness, stiffness, pain in the morning

All I can say is you won’t believe it unless you try it. Certainly I was a real skeptic at first. The book details more about what and how this works and why. It also has actual cases of health conditions improved by reconnecting with the Earth. This isn’t a new idea. It’s something we were always doing until the recent switch to synthetic soled shoes which make no connection to the Earth. We weren’t doing too bad with the leather soled shoes we grew up with, but couple the footwear change with the conglomerate of cell towers, WiFi networks and you can’t go far without being in some electromagnetic field somewhere. And maybe for a lot of people that’s just too much.

So my son is grounded and we plan to stay that way.

*Try it before you buy it and build your own, if it works invest in a professionally made one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wPqh4DNfwg

How I Made Grounding Sheets

*I receive no endorsements from earthing.com or its products/books.