Can Walking Barefoot Balance Hormones?


Two weeks ago, at the Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions conference, I swung by the Radiant Life Company's booth. I had heard that they were giving away free samples of magnesium oil. For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know how much I love magnesium oil. (Read my post: Are You Suffering From Magnesium Deficiency?)

At the booth, I was curious about some products I saw called “earthing” sheets. I bought one, figuring what the heck, why not try it?

Kathy LeMoine of Radiant Life Company

I was also swayed after talking to Kathy and Norm LeMoine, the owners of Radiant Life Company (they are new sponsors of Real Food Media — you can find them on my resources page). Kathy and Norm told me their whole family sleeps on the earthing sheets. (Their kids were there working the booth with them.) They said they love their earthing sheets so much, they don't go anywhere without them.

I trust Kathy and Norm because I've been buying products from Radiant Life since 2007. I used to buy most of the ingredients for Kate's raw milk baby formula from Radiant Life.

What is Earthing?

Kathy and Norm explained that “earthing” technology helps to ground us to the earth. They also gave me a copy of the book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (You can find the book on their website — click here to visit my resources page.)

I haven't finished the book yet but so far it is fascinating. If you're at all interested in this, I suggest you order a copy. I've become completely obsessed with earthing in the past few days. So much so that we were in a movie last night and I kept noticing when people were barefoot or wearing shoes!

I don't have a lot of room in this post to adequately write about earthing and how it works. To learn more, get a copy of the book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (You can find the book on the Radiant Life website — click here to visit my resources page.)

Here's an interesting things I learned from the book: Did you know that there are over 1,300 nerve endings per square inch in the soles of our feet? More than any other part of the body. Why would our feed contain so many nerve endings if there weren't a purpose for them? And what could the purpose be?

Earthing advocates believe that the nerve endings in the feet are there to conduct energy from the earth. They say it's similar to a plant's roots extracting nourishment from the soil.

The Problem with Shoes

Unfortunately, most of us wear shoes with rubber or plastic soles. Rubber and plastic block the energy, as they are not conductive.

If you go back in history, humans used to go barefoot, or if they did wear shoes, the soles were made out of leather or animal hides. They would walk on the earth and sleep on the earth.

Take a look at your own shoes. Most of you will not have a single pair with leather soles. They're very hard to find these days.

So What If You Can't Walk Barefoot Outside?

Most of us can't really walk around barefoot all day, nor so we sleep on dirt floors. Enter earthing technology. These products include conductive mats you can rest your feet on while you work on the computer or read, and sheets and mattresses that have silver strands sewn in that connect with a cord to the grounding plug on your outlet.

The idea is you can “ground” yourself even if you are indoors most of the time, sleeping on a raised bed, wearing non-conductive shoes.

Earthing and Cortisol

OK so this is the part that really got my interest piqued.

In the book, they talk about an interesting study that was done with earthing and cortisol. You can download it here: The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress.

According to the study:

Cortisol is a hormone that is associated with psychologic and physical stress, inflammation, and sleep dysfunction in humans. Chronic elevation of cortisol can result in disruption of circadian rhythms, which, in turn, is a contributor to a multitude of adverse health conditions, including sleep disorders, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, stroke, decreased bone density, decreased immune response, mood disturbances, autoimmune disease, and abnormal glucose levels.

My Problems with Cortisol

Before I get into the results of the study, I'll share my “ups and downs” with cortisol.

My cortisol levels have been screwy for a while now. I've suffered from adrenal fatigue for years. Thanks to overwork, skipping meals, being pregnant and nursing, caffeine, etc.

I had my cortisol levels checked (via saliva test) a year ago and they were normal in the morning, low mid-day, and high at night.

When I met with Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure, this year, she told me that the reason I was waking up every night at 2 am was due to a cortisol spike caused by hypoglycemia. For more on this, read my post: Is It Wheat Belly or Cortisol Belly?

I've been taking my temperature for a while. Holistic endocrinologist, Dr. Bruce Rind, recommends that we take our temperature three times per day (three hours after waking up, then again three hours later, and again 3 hours after that). Then you take an average of your three temps and chart it on graph paper.

My temperature charts have been jaggy with up and down spikes — this is the classic chart of someone with adrenal fatigue. They are also lower than normal (indicates low thyroid function). According to Dr. Rind, to heal from adrenal fatigue, you want to bring the temps up and balance them so they are steady. A normal average temperature is 98.6. For low thyroid, the temps will be steady but low. You want to bring the temps up. For low thyroid/low adrenal, which fits many people, it's a combination of low temps and ups and downs.

Conclusions from the Cortisol Study

In the cortisol study, they tested twelve subjects with complaints of sleep dysfunction, pain, and stress. They were “grounded” to the earth during sleep for eight weeks in their own beds using a conductive mattress pad (earthing sheet). They used saliva tests to establish pre-grounding baseline cortisol levels.

I know I'm going to get comments about the study — that the sample size wasn't big enough, that they didn't do it long enough, that it wasn't published in JAMA, etc. Keep in mind the guy who did these studies is not paid by Big Pharma. He's just a guy who learned how to ground himself and started helping others to ground themselves, and decided to do his own study since nobody (other than the people he was helping) would take him seriously. You can read about this in the book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

The conclusions from the study:

Results indicate that grounding the human body to earth during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and re-synchronizes hormone cortisol secretion more in alignment with the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile. Changes were most apparent in females. Furthermore, subjective re- porting indicates that grounding the human body to earth during sleep improves sleep and reduces pain and stress.

Check out these graphs from the twelve subjects:

Cortisol Before and After Earthing
Cortisol Before and After Earthing: Blended

My Results with Earthing

Before you read my results, keep in mind that your results may vary.

Also, I'm not a doctor so I can't recommend any treatment for disease or discomfort. I'm only reporting on what has worked for me. An “n” of one!

I should also mention that I have also been doing one other thing different in the past couple weeks. I am consistently taking 2-3 TBS per day of coconut oil every day. I know coconut oil helps to raise body temperature and helps the thyroid work better. However, I've taken this much coconut oil in the past for several weeks at a time and haven't had results like this. I do think it's definitely a contributing factor.

I LOVE my earthing sheet! I love it so much that I am going to buy myself an earthing mat (to use during the day when I'm on the computer) as well as a king-size fitted sheet (I only have the half sheet, which I will put on Kate's bed and we'll use it when we travel — it's very lightweight and you can fit it in a suitcase).

Improved Sleep

I've only been using the earthing sheet for a little over a week but I know it's making a huge difference in my sleep. I do still wake up, thanks to my daughter Kate who kicks me, or the cat meowing, or whatever. But I'm not waking up every night at 2 am anymore. The earthing sheet is the first thing I've tried that has eliminated my 2 am wakings, and I've tried ALL kinds of things including a bedtime snack and all manner of supplements from tryptophan to magnesium.

Now, when I do wake up, I fall right back to sleep within five minutes. It used to take me 20-30 minutes or longer to fall back to sleep. Now it's almost instantaneous and takes no effort.

Increased Energy

I also feel much more rested in the morning, and more energetic throughout the day. I had energy before, but now I feel even more energetic, like I want to get out and walk!

Cortisol Levels and Temperature

I haven't tested my cortisol levels yet but I plan to in a few weeks.

I have been taking my temperature three times a day and I'm blown away. For one thing, it's MUCH higher. Yesterday, I took it three times and my temps were 98.5, 98.7 and 98.3. So an average of 98.5. I've never seen my temperature this high!

Now, granted, I am post-ovulation right now, and your temperature does go up during ovulation until you get your period. So we'll have to wait and see if my temperature drops back down next week when I'm menstruating. That said, my temps are much closer together than they were. I will keep tracking it every day and we'll see how it goes.

Increased Appetite

Lastly, and NOT LEAST (this is the thing I am most excited about), my appetite has increased A LOT. Now, my appetite has been increasing steadily for the past several weeks since I gave up wine in the evenings and started supplementing with zinc and magnesium. And I'm happy to report that the zinc tally test is now starting to taste yucky to me. (You can read more about zinc in this post: Are You Suffering From Magnesium Deficiency?)

That said, my appetite has gone WAY up within the past few days. I've said “I'm starving” so many times in the past few days, my in-laws both wanted to know if I was pregnant. (I'm not.)

Here's what I ate yesterday:

Decaf coffee with 1.5 TBS of coconut oil and raw milk
Big bowl of oatmeal with 1.5 TBS of coconut oil, raw cream, bananas and raisins

Turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with sprouted bread and butter

Big bowl of popcorn popped in coconut oil with melted butter
Glass of raw milk

Appetizer: Ahi poke (I ate half)
Entree: Salmon, butterfish, and mahi mahi with white rice and baby bok choy (I ate almost all of it)
Dessert: 1/4 cup tapioca pudding made with coconut milk

Guys, this is more than DOUBLE what I used to eat. (Compare to what I was eating a few months ago.) And I am STARVING at every meal. I've never been starving before — I never even used to get hunger pangs. This tells me that my metabolism is working a lot better. It's also due to the fact that I've been taking zinc. And the coconut oil is probably also helping my thyroid function better, which boosts the metabolism.

However, since my appetite has increased so much in the past few days, so I really thing the earthing sheet has something to do it.

How to Get Grounded with Earthing

The easiest way you can try earthing is just to go walk outside with no shoes on. You can also wear leather-soled moccasins (I'm ordering some today!) Walking on the grass, a sandy beach, a dirt road, or even concrete sidewalks will work. You just can't wear shoes with rubber or plastic soles (or even wood) because that will block the current. You also need to avoid asphalt or painted cement.

I've never been excited about hiking before in my life, but as soon as I get my moccasins, we are going to Red Rocks to hike! I'm also looking forward to walking every day.

You can also lie on the earth every day. For example, if you're going to be sunbathing to get your vitamin D, don't lie on a deck chair — lie directly on the grass.

You can also try some of the earthing products such as a grounding mat or sheet.

Where to Buy Earthing Products

Click here for sources of earthing products, including the book, on my resources page.

Share Your Comments

Will this work for you? I don't know! I really do think it's working for me. Please let me know if you try it and what your results are.

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81 thoughts on “Can Walking Barefoot Balance Hormones?

  1. Anti-static mats work on the same properties – plug one into a GF wall socket and put your feet on it while at a desk or sitting.

  2. Ann Marie, I have been researching earthing for a while. I called Itasca and asked them if they could take the rubber insole out so there’s only leather and they said yes. Here’s the link to the one I like: The other thing i discovered is that plugging into a wall outlet with the grounding rod isn’t the greatest idea bc of dirty electricity that can be generated. Best to plug the probe directly into the ground. Tough for me because I don’t have dedicated outdoor space and I live on the 2nd floor of a building. Let us know how this journey goes. It totally makes sense to me that the body would love being grounded! Especially those bodies like yours and mine that are constantly surrounded by EMFs because of the work we do.

    1. Thanks! I hadn’t seen those moccasins.

      I’m planning on getting some Minnetonka moccasins with the soft sole (it’s just leather). Most of their soles do have rubber but they have like 2 pairs that don’t have the hard soles. I used to wear these moccasins exclusively all throughout high school!

      I’ll have to ask Kathy about the “dirty electricity” issue. I’m on the 4th floor in a condo so I can’t do it that way.

      1. Hi, Carla

        I asked Kathy from Radiant Life and she said:

        “The grounding rod should only be used to connect directly to the ground outdoors- pushing the rod into the earth. It should never be inserted into the ground of an outlet!

        Please see our FAQ section for more info. The FAQs are broken down into the following categories- Earthing Basics, Earthing & Health, and Earthing Products: “

  3. Ok, but I thought I called Minnetonka. I could be mistaken but I thought they said there was a thin piece of rubber between the two layers of leather. You have to ask because, like with Itasca, they don’t tell about the thin rubber piece in the product description. Alix Mayer at and told me about the dirty electricity thing. Check out her blogs and do a search. She has a couple of articles that tell of her experience with all the products.

    1. it would be good to know if Minnetonka uses rubber in the soft sole shoes, they look like the most economical quality moccasin.

      1. I am pretty sure that there is no rubber in the Minnetonka moccasins that are labeled “soft sole”.

        I used to wear the soft sole moccasins when I was in high school and they were just suede with no rubber added.

        Maybe they’ve changed since then but I don’t think so.

        This is the one I’m talking about:

        Almost all the moccasins they sell have rubber soles but there a couple kinds that do not have rubber, only suede on the bottoms.

          1. OK if you go on Zappos and look at this one:


            You can see that there is an insole but I bet you can take it out…

            1. Oh, and I ordered some of these:


              I’m super excited about them! They should come in the mail tomorrow or the next day.

              Luckily it is warm enough here to still wear flip flops.

              I think I need to start a new company to sell leather-soled shoes for grounding!

            2. Hey Ann Marie
              Those mocs do have a standard rubber insole- we just got them for my 10 year old. The good news is that with a good movie and some tools, you can get the insole out in about an hour. We actually were able to turn the whole moc inside out, which helped. The kind I got for my 8 year old had a zip up the back and were impossible to turn. So to get the rubber sole off, turn the moc inside out, and rip off the insole. This will leave a fairly thick scum of glue and rubber. Stuff the shoe with an old towel. Use a paint scraper or chisel to scrape off as much as you can. Then use a sanding block to sand off as much as you can. Finally, wear them outside on cement, still turned inside out. Then take a damp rag and dust them off nicely before turning them right side out again. Easy as pie!

              The Tandy leather co sells moccasin kits (online, at Micheal’s and other craft stores) that also have a rubber sole, but because the piece is flat, the insoles are a bit easier to remove. Today I actually bought a flat piece of leather and a moccasin pattern to do the rest of the family’s shoes.

              1. @Tracey OK thanks!

                Since I just ordered these for my daughter, I guess I will be doing that!

                I think I may end up making our own moccasins too. Where did you find the pattern and the leather?

                1. I got the leather and patterns at a Tandy Leather outlet (in Seattle, but they have it online and other cities.)
                  They had two moccasin patterns for adult sizes 5-12 (all in one) but the one with two short styles was out of stock, so I got the boot style. I figure I could make it shorter for an ankle boot. It cost about $100 for the pattern, some waxed thread, leather shears, a hole punch, needles and a 15sq ft piece of leather. I think I should be able to get at least 3 pairs of mocs out of that leather, just by eye-balling it. Michael’s also had bags of leather, but it was more scraps, with only a few bigger pieces in the bag. I will use some for contrasting trim, maybe. We are going to make them for holiday gifts for the family.

  4. I have an earthing sheet as well and have been earthing at night for about 6 months. Unfortunately I have not noticed any differences at all, but I have lyme disease and other chronic infections, so maybe my issues are too much to see a difference with earthing. It’s good to hear that you’ve seen such a positive change! It inspires me to keep on earthing…it must be doing something good!

  5. I don’t think I can afford all the products for earthing. I do go barefoot a lot but it’s only indoors this time of year so I guess it’s not of benefit.

  6. I’m getting desperate to sleep through the night. I’ve been waking up between 2 and 4 AM for ages, unable to get back to sleep until 5ish, then I’m up for good between 6 and 7. It’s ridiculous and seriously unhealthy. I’m willing to give Earthing a shot.

  7. I love earthing! I’m doing so right now with the ankle/wrist attachment!

    I first learned of the benefits of earthing from Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman. She wrote a book called, “Zapped” which I haven’t read yet, but because I subscribe to her blog, I know how strongly she feels about the daily assault our bodies go through from EMFs. They are everywhere in this day of modern technology. She loves how earthing can protect us from this assault. Through research I even found a video that showed how EMFs change the structures of our cells. Nature meant for us to be grounded to the earth’s natural energy, not get blasted from TVs, computers, phones, cell phone towers, microwaves, etc. Even without reading her book, I learned enough to take on Edison and keep them from putting a Smartmeter on my house!

    One of Dr. Ann Louise’s recommendations for products comes from this link… They offer a wide variety of things to protect you from EMFs, including jewelry. (I’m asking for a necklace for Christmas!) They have house protectors, things for your animals, and covers for your phone.

    Between earthing with the sheets or wrist cords, and wearing some fun jewelry everyday, I feel better knowing that even though I can’t escape man’s technological assault on my body, I darn well can protect myself from it. And sleep better because of it too!

    1. Wow! Very thorough and helpful post! I was unable to get the Earthing book at the conference, but am so glad that you blogged about your experience! I’ve been trying to talk my husband into grounding sheets for a while. I will be showing him your post to inspire him, as well as sharing this on my FB. People need to see this. My husband has terrible trouble sleeping and I’m sure grounding could help.

      1. Fabulous! Being in SoCal this is usually what happens.. now I know it as grounding and I’ll do it more often!

        @Jamie – I DID meet you at the conference and am very thankful I did πŸ™‚

          1. In Dr. Mercola’s talk at the WT conference, he showed a pic of himself sitting on a lounge chair at the beach with his bare feet in contact with the sand ground. He also specifically mentioned that when you are sunbathing at the beach, to keep your feet on the ground and in contact with the sand, rather than on the chair.

  8. AM, I love how your thought processes are right on par with what I have been thinking. It’s very handy πŸ™‚ I have been running barefoot and walking barefoot across the field behind our house ever since we moved in this past May. I have also been on GAPS, doing detox baths, taking probiotics/FCLO/butter oil/vitamin B complex/dessicated adrenal gland. But recently I have noticed a new bout of energy, mostly due to reading The Mood Cure and starting to add 5-HTP and GABA into my daily supplementation. And I recently realized I am vitamin C and magnesium deficient, so I’m adding those as well. It’s a lot of capsules, but I know it’s not forever πŸ™‚

    Anyways, I wonder if I should try an earthing sheet one of these days. I still need to add the DLPA in for endorphins, and try weaving some of the Eat Fat, Lose Fat coconut oil into the GAPS regimen I have been doing for 8 months now (wow, that goes fast!). Fascinating!

  9. This post really intrigues me. I go barefoot all the time indoors, and generally only wear flip flops out doors. I am wondering if flip flops allow more contact compared to shoes, or the rubber soles block most of the electrons? And what about gardening, perhaps touching the soil and plants do help with earthing as well?

        1. Rubber is not a conductor.

          “Materials with high electron mobility (many free electrons) are called conductors, while materials with low electron mobility (few or no free electrons) are called insulators.”

  10. I wonder if these would work: Maybe the hemp wouldn’t block it? Do you know? Or I could make them with thin leather strapping instead (I think I could find someplace here in Colorado at a western shop or something that sells reams of it, I’m sure I’ve seen it anywhere). Let me know your thoughts….if it works, maybe I’ll make a few pairs and let you know if I decide to start selling them, I’m crafty like that. I’ve been thinking about buying this pattern for awhile anyway since I have a fair amount of alpaca/wool lying around my house, but some of my floors are slippery so a sole would be helpful, and I keep losing socks wearing them alone. I NEVER wear shoes indoors and pretty much stay barefoot all day long if I can help it, but alas, sometimes work or establishments require that I’m wearing something. I like the thought of being able to change up the pattern a bit and make it more winter-wearable (well, Colorado winters are fairly warm in the Denver area, like today….it might have been 40degrees outside, but no snow, so I totally could have worn these!)

    1. I will clarify, that if I decided to sell them I would contact Sylver first and get her permission, or else it’s up to you to purchase the design and make them yourself…and I totally just found 6′ long leather lacing that is about 1/8″ in diameter that might just work perfectly for these!

      1. How cute! I would love these!

        I’m not sure about hemp.

        Couldn’t you just use leather soles?

        By the way, it doesn’t matter if you are going barefoot indoors — it won’t help — unless you are on cement block with nothing covering it — or a dirt floor. You need to be outdoors and barefoot.

        1. Good thing my huge basement is just a cement floor and practically empty! Maybe I’ll spend some time dancing barefoot to some good music in my basement! Or I’ll do laundry barefoot, since right now I have a cotton blanket on the floor by my washer and dryer…the floor is cold sometimes! I thought about leather soles, but it makes it more difficult to attach it to the body I think, and I do believe crocheting with leather may make it a bit more sturdy for daily activities…not sure though!

  11. Have you checked out Soft Star Shoes…it looks like some of them have suede soles.

    1. I was just going to mention Soft Star. I love their mocs. They have one with a suede sole, lined with sheepskin. Sooo cozy and comfy. The only thing to watch out for is wearing them in the rain on slick surfaces–not very grippy!

  12. I’ve been using the earthing sheet since this past February. At first it was a huge help. I had deep sleep, healed more quickly from exercise and woke refreshed every morning. I read the book and anxiously waited for my metabolism to step it up. I was ready to reduce my thyroid meds and feel more like myself again. Then, after about 90 days of continuous use, I didn’t sleep anymore. I’ve been struggling since last May to sleep deeply and through the night. I rechecked the grounding plug, even tried the option of the grounding post outside in the soil to no avail. Still use the sheet every night, but sometimes I feel silly because I’m not sure it’s doing anything. Meanwhile I’m working on sleep and better health. Just had my hormones tested (saliva) and my cortisol is low in the morning, spikes midday, drops off to nothing and then spikes again in the night. On top of that, I’m pretty much low in every necessary hormone. Under a doctor’s care, I’m taking 5-htp, melatonin, transdermal magnesium, DHEA and phosphotidyl serine. All that on top of healthy eating, consistent exercise and my other supplements. Maybe someday I’ll believe in my grounding sheet again, but for now it’s lost its’ luster.

  13. thanks for this post, very interesting! i found out about earthing maybe a year ago, and bought the half sheet, and the mat, as well as walking barefoot outside when i could. while i haven’t had the dramatic benefits that you and others in the book have had, it does seem like it has helped my sleep overall. but i still have 2-3 bad nites a month, so i believe it is only part of the puzzle.
    one of my first times i tried walking barefoot at a nearby park i stepped on a bee and was stung, so lookout! it actually happened a second time as well, at the same park! now i try to stick to dirt paths rather than grass. of course now that we’re heading into winter, i’m not going barefoot much.
    i bought a pair of the soft star moccasins, which have fleece inside-i’m assuming that it conducts electricity, but not sure about that.

  14. I’m not so sure about earthing. The science behind it just doesn’t make any sense. On the other hand, people do have good results from it. I wonder if it works, but not in the way the book’s authors believe.

    This is a pretty balanced take, I thought:

  15. Hi! So glad I have been reading your blog! So many great suggestions for Real Foodies πŸ™‚ Guess what?!?! I read this post last night and I immediately went to look and see if I had any leather shoes without insoles, as what quickly came to my mind are leather socks that our ancestors used to wear religiously. Then I thought of another cultural shoe that exists widely today and I believe a fashion trend came from them! Super comfy and super cute flat shoes from India! You can even wear them on special occassions! They are ALL leather–no insoles! Check some out here: I mean now that I think about it, ancient cultures used to walk in natural cloths from skins etc! WOW! totally makes sense! I was keeping mine for special occassions, but I actually wore them out today! πŸ™‚ yay!

  16. Can you tell my more about why you are taking 2-3 TBS of coconut oil daily? I’ve just started reading about the benefits, but would love to hear why you are doing this!

    1. There are so many benefits! Read the book Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife.

      Here are 2 reasons:

      We just found out my husband has a parasite – cryptospordium – so that is the main reason I started, since I most likely have it, too. Coconut oil will kill any parasite and their eggs.

      Also I’m taking it to help my hormones — thyroid and adrenal glands.

      1. If your husband has crypto, he might want to consider taking food grade diatomaceous earth. Check out testimonials on It is helpful to any kind of parasitic problem. The letters of commendation sound almost too good to be true, but I started taking it hoping it would help with joint pain–it did! Within two days I knew I was walking better. I was fearful the DE might aggravate IBS but no problem there. It’s a flavorless food grade powder–I don’t want to miss a day. I stir it into yogurt, smoothies, applesauce etc.

  17. Ann Marie, I also just discovered grounding sheets and Earthing products about a month ago via the What Doctors Don’t Tell You newsletter. I immediately started using a grounding bed sheet and began experiencing better sleep. I was, like you and others who have commented, waking up between 2 and 4 most nights. Sometimes I couldn’t get back to sleep for 1.5 to 2 hours. Terrible! However, using the sheet, I began sleeping through the night. After a few days I began waking up at 6 – much earlier than normal. I think it was my circadian rhythm getting aligned. I started using darkening curtains so less light came in in the morning, and that seemed to help and I could once again sleep to about 7:30 or 8:00 as is usual for me, given that I usually go to bed around midnight. One note for people going to the earthing dot com website to buy the book: Right now they are having a holiday special where they will send you SIX books for the price of one. Fantastic for people who are already enthusiasts who want to share the book with friends and family… but if you are just starting out, you might want to put in the comments section of your order that you actually only want ONE book. I see there’s also a lot of chatter about grounding footwear. I discovered a British website that sells authentic grounding products ( so that I could offer a way for my mom in England to get a bed sheet, and I noticed on the British website they sell grounding flip-flops! I don’t know why the American site doesn’t carry them. But they look great and sell for 29 pounds. I don’t know if they would deliver to the States, but thought I’d mention it.

    1. Heather- If you find yourself waking up at 2 a.m. again, try going to bed earlier than midnight.

      When I was first diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, I kept reading that we should be in bed by 10 and asleep by 10:30. I was such a night owl at the time that I fought that premise. I figured if I was getting 8 hours of sleep, what difference did it make what time I went to bed? Then I found the answer. While we are sleeping our bodies go through an entire hormone cascade. The setting off of one hormone then starts the release of another and so on. These are the hormones that repair and replenish while we sleep. However, if we are not asleep by 10:30 -or earlier- then the entire cascade doesn’t happen and we never get the replenishing sleep we should.

      Our adrenals start that cascade somewhere around 11 p.m. If we are still up, then the brain tells your adrenals that sleep won’t be happening and that a second wind of energy is needed instead. Now instead of repairing itself, the body is fighting to keep you up and awake. Going to bed late now has upset your entire balance.

      Whether we have adrenal issues or not, everyone should be in bed early. It keeps us healthy and young. Besides, when God created the earth, He figured we would sleep (and repair) while it was dark and get up when it was light. He didn’t intend on us sitting in front of a TV or computer all nite. It’s not natural.

      Hope this helps!!

      1. I agree about going to bed by 10 pm. This was hard for me, too, and I don’t always make it but I do try.

        You may also want to get a sleep mask. That’s what I’m using now and I love it!

        I agree, now that I sleep on the earthing sheet I sleep quite soundly for 8 hours. Like last night I went to bed at 10:20 and woke up wide awake, refreshed and energized at 6:15.

        Occasionally I do still wake up but I fall right back to sleep within minutes instead of lying there for hours.

        1. Oh there’s also free software you can get for your computer called Flux.

          It dims the lighting on your screen which helps you produce more melatonin.

          I use it on my computer and love it!

        2. Ann Marie- i started wearing a sleep mask after I read in Suzanne Somers’ book, “Breakthrough” about a study where they attached a pen light to the back of people’s knees and then put them to bed in a totally dark room to sleep. The little light on the back of their knees was the only light they were exposed to all night, which you would think on the backs of their knees, under the covers, wouldn’t affect them, but every single patient had a rise in their cortisol levels just from that small amount of light.

          Suzanne claims because she has crashed from adrenal issues 4 times in her life, in order to prepare herself for bed each night, and to ready her adrenals for sleep, she dims the lights and lights candles around 7 p.m. She also only watches happy things on TV or listens to music. If I did all those things at my house my husband would think he’s getting lucky…..

          I have been perusing your previous blog entries and am trying to get a cohesive pattern to your adrenal recovery. I would love it, if now a couple of years into your recovery, you could give us an update on what has worked, what hasn’t, etc. You would probably need to devote an entire week to it because there is so much info, but boy, we adrenal patients sure would love it!

          1. @Susan

            WOW that is so interesting!

            I love the idea that she lights candles at 7 pm! How cool!

            I do need to write a post about adrenal recovery. I am not all the way there yet but I’m getting close to being fully recovered! I will work on it!

    2. Heather

      Thanks for your comment!

      I did find those flip flops here in the US:

      I bought some already. I wore them to Disneyland yesterday. They’re nothing fancy but only $15. The rubber thong part hurt my foot a little bit. They say that they will mold to your foot in time. We’ll see!

      In the meantime, I’ll probably buy some moccasins. I was thinking of getting the Minnetonka but as you can see above, they do have a rubber insole which stinks!

      I’m looking at the Soft Star shoes and also

      I have a wide foot so whatever I buy I need to make sure it will fit. The Soft Star ones look good.

      1. The Itascan Canoe moc is full grain leather (2 layers) which will repel water better. I couldn’t wear the suede here in northern california in the winter. Also I get the feeling that the Itascan Canoe shoe will hold up better over time than the Soft Star. The Itascan Itascans have one layer and are cheaper at $34. I’ll probably get the Canoe.

        Regarding blue light that you get from computers and regular lightsβ€”I found some filtering glasses that are supposed to work well if you wear them 1-2 hours before bed.

      2. FYI: Flip flop style footwear WILL cause you problems in your calves (and then elsewhere) since they make you unnaturally grip with your toes to keep them on.
        I’ve had terrible back pain for years (I had to rool myself out of bed and push myself up, like after childbirth pain but in my back) and after about 8 appts (and daily foot exercises) I am almost pain free!

  18. Well shoot, I wish I would have checked them out when I was at the conference! I too suffer from adrenal issues, PMD and hypoglycemia. I’ve got it under control with the help of my naturopath, but I would love to do something so that I don’t have to spend a trillion dollars on supplements every month. This might just help! Thanks!

  19. Usually adrenal issues can be helped immensely by increasing your daily intake of sodium. Most people are afraid of salt because of the brainwashing we’ve received over the years from the medical industry. There is no need to fear salt, especially a good quality sea salt. I use grey seal salt. Put some, just a dash or two, into a couple of your glasses of filtered water every day (maybe morning and evening) and it will also help replenish other minerals you may be lacking. I keep my salt in a crock with a lid and just use my fingers for a pinch here and a pinch there, while cooking, etc.

  20. I”m curious how this compares to FIR (far infra red) therpay? I got a FIR blanket/mat that I sleep on every night and that I lay on 30 min a day when doing foot exercises. The result is hard to determine since, as you say, there are so many other things that I’m doing. For sure I notice that I am thirstier (they say drink extra water when you use it) and I feel more relaxed (but I also do resonance repatterning and MAT muscular activation therapy which help BIG BIG BIG time) but I took the mat over to my friends place who had a big knot in her neck. I massages it with an essential oil blend that I mix and then she wore the blanket for about an hour (while we watched Downton Abbey) and she said she felt a LOT better. Was it the blanket, the massage or the oil? I say all 3 because they all do something different…cellular stimulation and cleansing, tactile breaking up lactic acid and flushing debris from cells…which one would I choose to do without?

  21. I believe all of this earthing connection for sure. I was extremely stressed some time ago and on the way home from an awful meeting I just took my shoes and socks off and walked on the grass on people’s lawns all the way home, I just felt i had to do it, without knowing why but I just had to do it, I felt a whole lot better feeling the grass and ground under my feet…of course, now, I’m past menopause and I’ve got “footpad atrophy” and the bottoms of my feet are thin and it feels like the bones are coming through the skin. I have to wear socks or shoes in the house, however I just bought some Okabashi flipflops they have little bumps on the raised arch and a toe grip hopefully that will simulate beach walking!

  22. I know this post is a year old but just wanted to let you know (in case you dont) that zinc is also used to lower cortisol levels.(-: I just might try this earthing thing as I also suspect I have high or messed up cortisol levels.

  23. Not sure if you saw this, but there’s a new company that makes minimalist/barefoot leather-soled shoes that are perfect for Earthing:

    I had previously tried Earthing with leather-soled moccasins, but these are so much more stylish (and completely customizable!).

      1. Okay, dry leather has 100,000 ohms– 500,000 ohms of contact resistance, but human skin is between 1,000 ohms– 100,000 ohms. Being barefoot is defintely the way to go, if there is a choice (especially if the earth is wet with dew, etc).

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  25. Did your results last while earthing. I bought the half sheet and haven’t really noticed any consistancy with energy. I am also a nursing mom and my milk has really dropped off instead of increasing (which I was hoping it would help with). I am on thyroid meds so I’m trying to watch my symptoms closely. My husband also has been sleeping on the half sheet and has noticed no changes either. I’ve been wondering if my sheet works.

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