Back in April, Ben Greenfield did a podcast titled My New #1 Hack For Zapping Inflammation, Increasing Deep Sleep & Recovering Faster—Earthing (The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?). I’ve always been highly skeptical that standing or sleeping on a grounded mat or sheet would have any health benefit. Yet, I decided to go down the rabbit hole on this topic.
After several hours, I assigned a 10% chance that getting and using a grounding product would result in a measurable improvement to my health. Normally, I would discount an idea such as this, but on Amazon, I found a grounding pillowcase for less than $30 with lots of positive reviews. Since I regularly purchase supplements for $30 to try ideas, I figured it would be a small investment to answer this question.
With the Oura ring, I don’t need to rely on my subjective feelings. I can see real data. I can measure my sleep scores with and without the grounded pillowcase.
I performed a few tests of various durations. And the data is clear. The grounded pillowcase did nothing to improve my sleep. Worthless. But at least I know.
Earthing is the product-free version where someone puts their feet on the ground to get the health benefits that are all covered in the podcast. Because I wanted to test the pillowcase in isolation, I did not engage in any Earthing during this test period.
What are your thoughts on grounding products and earthing?