Keep Static Electricity from Disrupting Your Sleep This Winter

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Winter is coming, and with it, dry air and static electricity. If you’ve ever gotten a static shock from touching a metal handle, you know how jarring it can be. Now imagine that kind of static electricity hitting you when you’re trying to sleep. Unpleasant, right? That’s why New Englanders should look into mattresses that reduce static electricity when they go to bed.

What Causes Static Electricity?

According to the Library of Congress, “Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges can build up on the surface of an object until they find a way to be released or discharged.”

Most commonly, you’ll experience static after you’ve rubbed against certain materials. When you do this, you collect a surplus of electrons, which cling to your body until you touch something that releases them. This creates the shock.

Can You Get Static Electricity In Bed?

Yes. Your body is in constant contact with all kinds of materials that can create static electricity as you sleep. Your sheets, pajamas, and even your mattress can create a charge as the materials all rub against each other.

Luckily, static electricity isn’t dangerous, but it can be annoying and disruptive to your sleep. No one likes getting jolted awake by a stray spark just because they rolled over. And constant disruptions to your sleep can have a negative impact on your health. So while it’s not dangerous, it can cause short-term issues for your mind and body.

How Do I Prevent Static Electricity in My Bed?

There are a few easy ways to avoid getting shocked while you sleep at night. These tricks will provide you with a much more comfortable sleep during the dry, cold winters Massachusetts is known for.

Keep a Humidifier in Your Bedroom

Drier conditions usually result in more static, as air moisture is a natural conductor. So if you want to keep the dry air at bay, install a humidifier in your bedroom. This will provide the moisture you need to neutralize the static electricity in the air.

Use Bed Sheets with Natural Fibers

When picking out your bed sheets, a good way to prevent static discharge is by sticking with natural materials over synthetic. So 100% cotton sheets are the way to go, as they hold enough moisture to bleed off the charge. However, if you do prefer the feel of synthetic materials like polyester, make sure to wash them in a way that lets them retain moisture. This means don’t over-dry your sheets and be careful while folding them.Female airing out bed sheets

Sleep on a Mattress Made with Organic Flax

A layer of organic flax in your mattress can do wonders for eliminating static electricity. That’s because flax doesn’t electrify at all. Instead, it absorbs and neutralizes static that accumulates on the human body. The Organic Vegan mattress contains a layer of organic flax as in insulator under the woven cotton fabric and organic cotton batting, so the static is easily absorbed and neutralized.

Static electricity can be a real pain when you’re looking to get a good night’s sleep. However, it can be easily mitigated with the right sheets, enough moisture in the air, and the proper mattress. Avoid static shocks jolting you awake this winter with a bed made for neutralizing neurons.


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