What Is A Grounding Sheet?
The very first grounding sheet created by Clint Ober was a very crude patchwork of metallic duct tape applied to a normal bedsheet. The duct tape was then connected to an alligator clip with a copper wire to a grounding rod in the earth outside. The end result was the best night’s sleep for Clint and he’s never looked back!
Since this early discovery, the grounding sheet has evolved and enabled people all over the globe to be grounded at night. Grounding sheets today can be made from a normal cotton fabric that has silver threads embedded throughout in vertical and horizontal lines (sliver being a great conductor for electrons). The grounding sheet then connects to the copper wire and the earth pin in the electrical wall socket and is therefore connected to the earth – when you sleep on the grounding sheet on your bed mattress, your direct skin contact with the silver threads enables the electrons to flow through your body.
Whilst this style of grounding sheet works well initially, there have been longevity issues. The simple fact is that over time, your body’s natural moisture and sweat throughout the night oxidises the silver thread. This means that depending on where this oxidisation occurs in the grounding sheet, it could prevent electrons from passing through it. There’s no easy way to tell unless you have a grounding tester handy!
The good news is that things have evolved and today’s grounding sheets (or sleep mats) are more durable and will last a lifetime of sleep! Today’s grounding sheets are infused with a conductive carbon pigment which enables the electrons to flow through it as carbon is a great conductor! Not only is it vinyl-free and phthalate-free but it also has a soft, buttery feel to it. It’s more durable, robust, easy to clean and feels great to sleep on.
We would always recommend direct skin contact. However, they are designed to 100% ground you when placed under your bedsheet as well, as your body’s natural moisture and perspiration throughout the night will ensure good conductivity.
Just from reading above, the answer to the question becomes simple. Yes, grounding sheets most definitely work and have been tried and tested over the years by various experts. Don’t just take the expert’s advice though, give it a try yourself to see the benefits you get from using a grounding sheet whilst you sleep. Trust us, it will be something you will not regret, in fact, you will be thinking “Why didn’t I get this sooner?”.