Current biomedical research has established chronic inflammation as the culprit behind almost every modern chronic illness. When grounded, you are receiving a constant flow of free electrons, nature’s most powerful antioxidant. This allows the body to quickly neutralise positively charged free radicals - the hallmark of chronic inflammation. Grounding during sleep provides the body with multiple hours of these free electrons, at a time where the body undergoes the most healing and regeneration.
It is thought that many of these benefits stem from the constant supply of free electrons we are exposed to when we are connected to the Earth. These free electrons are some of nature’s most potent antioxidants. Here is an abstract explaining this phenomenon, taken from a recent paper published by The NCBI (The National Centre for Biotechnology Information), Author, Oschman JL
“A previous study demonstrated that connecting the human body to the earth during sleep (earthing) normalises the daily cortisol rhythm and improves sleep. A variety of other benefits were reported, including reductions in pain and inflammation. Subsequent studies have confirmed these earlier findings and documented virtually immediate physiologic and clinical effects of grounding or earthing the body. It is well established, though not widely known, that the surface of the earth possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons as a consequence of a global atmospheric electron circuit. Wearing shoes with insulating soles and/or sleeping in beds that are isolated from the electrical ground plane of the earth have disconnected most people from the earth's electrical rhythms and free electrons. The most reasonable hypothesis to explain the beneficial effects of earthing is that a direct earth connection enables both diurnal electrical rhythms and free electrons to flow from the earth to the body. It is proposed that the earth's diurnal electrical rhythms set the biological clocks for hormones that regulate sleep and activity. It is also suggested that free electrons from the earth neutralise the positively charged free radicals that are the hallmark of chronic inflammation. Current biomedical research has led to an inflammation hypothesis that is establishing chronic inflammation as the culprit behind almost every modern chronic illness. The research summarised here and in subsequent reports provides a basis for a number of earthing technologies (such as grounded bed sheets) that restore and maintain natural electrical contact between the human body and the earth throughout the day and night in situations where going barefoot on the earth is impractical. It is proposed that free or mobile electrons from the earth can resolve chronic inflammation by serving as natural antioxidants”.
One of the key regulators for the sleep-wake cycle is a hormone called cortisol and this hormone is responsible for determining the body’s circadian rhythm. In a recent study on the effects of grounding during sleep, as illustrated in the diagram below, the people who slept grounded were almost completely in sync with each other and with the Earth's natural day-night cycle, whereas those who were disconnected from the Earth remained way out of sync.