Health is at risk every night.
Currently, we live in the golden age of technology. Our modern electronic devices, gadgets, and appliances have seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. We’ve become attached to these devices, so much that they’re always with us, even when we sleep.
However, these devices are releasing an EMF (electromagnetic field) that is negatively affecting our sleep and our bodies. You may have thought that sleeping next to your phone while the TV is on was harmless, but the fact is that it can cause sleep deprivation, depression, and even emit radiation. To prevent your bedroom from becoming a danger zone, here are the effects that can be emitting from your everyday devices and how we can prevent these EMFs from affecting us.
What are EMFs?
EMFs are wireless energy waves that surround electronic devices. Specifically, these are artificial EMFs since they’re created by human technology. According to the WHO, EMFs have an effect on us since our bodies have their own electric and biochemical responses. Now, focusing on sleep and EMFs, think about what type of electronics are usually around your bed. TV, cell phones, alarm clock, electric blanket, baby monitors, lights, and laptops are among the many gadgets and appliances in your bedroom that can cause you serious health effects and sleep loss. Some of these effects include insomnia, mood disturbances, relationship problems, reduced immunity, and poor work performance. Here’s what to look out for before you go to sleep.
Cell Phones: The true fact is that our very own cell phones can emit a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation on body tissues that are near it while we sleep. The effect is that it disrupts our sleep patterns and immune system. Also, the blue light on cell phones can slow down the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls our sleep cycle. If we are using our phones up until we sleep, it will keep reducing melatonin, thus making it harder for us to stay asleep.
Electrical Devices: This includes TVs, stereos, and air conditioners. These wired, electrical devices emit strong electrical fields, even when they’re off. Same as phones, these devices can reduce melatonin and cause sleep loss. Some of us love to watch TV before we sleep and sometimes we might fall asleep while the TV is still on. However, according to Dr. Guy Meadows of the Sleep School, sleeping with the TV on can lead to depression. With these devices, we will have a hard time reaching our deep level of sleep which could lead to poor moods when we are awake.
Bedroom Lighting: Exposure to your lights right before you go to bed can potentially disrupt your sleep cycle. Especially from CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which can also emit electromagnetic radiation.
WiFi: Sad, but true. WiFi is the main contributor to electromagnetic radiation. Although you may not use it sometimes, it still continues to run throughout the house. There are potential long-term ramifications, too. Click here to learn more about the health consequences of wireless radiation.
Voltage: According to the Gerson Institute, voltage in your house is a constant electric field that can affect every cell of your body. The electrically charged particles in your cells (ions, protons, and electrons) are constantly attracted, causing agitation during sleep. Electric fields will commonly come from circuits and power cords, so even when the appliance is turned off, the EMF remains.
Solving the Problem
Many solutions to the EMF problem are simple; turn them off and keep them away from your head before you sleep. The extreme solution would be to keep these devices in another room. Make sure to unplug all your electronics and appliances in your bedroom as well. For us, cell phone addicts, limiting the usage of our phones before we sleep will help us get into sleep better, plus turning on airplane mode will reduce the EMF, so the affect will be minimal. For WiFi, you may need to get a wired router instead if you are very sensitive to EMFs.
Guide to Healthy Sleep
Hopefully, now that you know what EMFs are and their effects, you can apply this knowledge to keeping your bedroom radiation-free and get back to sleeping peacefully again. We, at Samina, are happy to endorse healthy sleep as we are committed to creating bed products that can help fully realize this ideal. We are fully committed to helping people get renewed energy and overcoming sleep loss. Preventing EMFs is just one of our many ideals toward achieving healthy sleep. Learn more – read: “Why the Healthy Sleep Guy Worries about EMF Exposure”