Sleep

A Good Night’s Sleep

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Girl Sleeping On Bed In Dark Bedroom

Our child still needs 11-12 hours sleep per night so we make that a scheduling priority when planning our family’s activities. In the hours leading up to bedtime we are sure to eliminate any stimulating activities, and exposure to “blue light” from TV, phone, and computer screens. If your child has trouble falling asleep, you may want to have him wear “blue blocker” glasses starting a couple hours before bedtime. We use inexpensive safety goggles with orange lenses, such as these orange Uvex glasses.

Magnesium oil applied topically can also help your child to settle down at night. Some brands make us itch, in which case I discovered applying it only to the soles of feet is itch-free. I did eventually find a brand that doesn’t cause us itching – Ease Magnesium Oil.

Earthing helps to reduce systemic inflammation as the free electrons on the surface of the Earth are transferred to the human body via walking barefoot on the Earth or grabbing a metal rod with bare hands. Specially interwoven earthing fitted bedsheets contain silver conductive threads (and/or earthing sleep mats go under fitted sheets) which are then connected to the grounding socket in an electrical outlet. Sleeping while grounded allows the body to absorb/utilize the earth’s electrons to neutralize free radicals and inflammation. You only need one sheet to be grounded so they sell a kit with a fitted sheet, outlet checker, and grounding cord. They are a bit fragile – be sure to dry them on “low” and don’t allow your child to jump on the bed! I periodically check to be sure my earthing sheets are working with a continuity tester kit, and replace sheets as needed.

The area around your child’s bed should be a low-EMF zone. Remove any electric appliances and/or lamps from your child’s nightstand. If you currently use a stationary or ceiling fan, use a Trifield EMF meter to see if EMF levels are high at your child’s bed (and discontinue use if so). Read my blog post on EMFs for additional tips to reduce your EMF exposure.

Your child should sleep in complete darkness for best detoxing (and best melatonin production). Ideally the room should be so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. We got special room-darkening curtains, and we don’t use a nightlight. We found the nightlight in the bathroom to be too bright/disruptive in the middle of the night. We bought a special amber (orange) nightlight bulb, and installed this plug-in dimmer knob.

See also: Dr. Mercola’s sleep tips and PaleoMom’s sleep tips.

 

Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)

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High voltage towersReducing the EMF load in your bedroom (and entire home) will allow your body to reduce inflammation and repair itself while you are sleeping.

To get started:

Earthing / Grounding

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This excerpt is quoted from an article in the Journal of Inflammation Research: (Oschman, Chevalier, and Brown, 2015)

Grounding or earthing refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth, such as with bare feet or hands, or with various grounding systems… Multi-disciplinary research has revealed [this] electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases… Specifically, grounding … produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response. We present several hypotheses to explain observed effects, based on current research results and our understanding of the electronic aspects of cell and tissue physiology, cell biology, biophysics, and biochemistry… Our main hypothesis is that connecting the body to the Earth enables free electrons from the Earth’s surface to spread over and into the body, where they can have antioxidant effects. Specifically, we suggest that mobile electrons create an antioxidant microenvironment around the injury repair field, slowing or preventing reactive oxygen species (ROS) delivered by the oxidative burst from causing “collateral damage” to healthy tissue.

Connecting to the Earth’s natural energy field can provide a source of electron donors which reduce inflammation and speed repair processes. One can’t see the Earth’s energy but some people can feel it as a warm, tingling, and pleasant sensation when they are out walking barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach, or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass.

I have tried earthing and feel a tremendous benefit from sleeping grounded. At our home we’ve placed “earthing sheets” on all our beds, and everyone sleeps soundly through the night. The sheets are made with a special conductive silver thread, and a wire connects the grounding sheet to the 3rd hole on an electric outlet (the grounding hole). Sheets and other grounding supplies are available from www.earthing.com

References:
Oschman, J. L., Chevalier, G., & Brown, R. (2015). The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Journal of inflammation research, 8, 83-96. doi:10.2147/JIR.S69656