As I’ve written before, the two easiest ways to reduce your exposure to harmful EMF radiation are: 1) to minimize your use of EMF emitting devices, and 2) to maximize your distance from those EMF emitting devices when you do use them.
In fact, that’s the subject of one of our ebooks, “Two Super Simple Ways to Reduce Your EMF Exposure“.
Given that, there’s one common habit that unnecessarily increases people’s exposure to cell phone EMF radiation. That’s sleeping with your phone next to your bed, exposing your head and body to EMF radiation all night long.
And it’s a really common habit. According to the 2015 survey from Bank of America entitled ‘Trends in Consumer Mobility‘, “71 percent of survey respondents say they sleep with or next to their smartphones”.
71%! That’s more than seven out of every 10 Americans.
But wait, the stats get even more disturbing. This habit is significantly more pronounced the younger you are (and the younger you are, the more vulnerable you are to damage from EMF radiation). In 2010, Pew Research concluded:
Nearly all young adults (ages 18-29) make sure their phones are never too far away at night; fully 90% sleep with their cell phone on or right next to their bed.
You read that right; 90%! Nine out of every 10 Americans aged 18-29 sleep with their phone in or next to their bed.
So what’s the concern?
As ABC warns:
the World Health Organization warned in 2011 that usage may be possibly carcinogenic to humans, especially in children, whose scalps and skulls are thinner than adults’, and more vulnerable to radiation. So if you’re at all worried about the possible cancer risk, try to text instead of call, hold the phone away from your ear, or use an earpiece or the speakerphone setting as much as possible—and definitely don’t sleep with the phone next to your head.
And as CBS reports:
Some people are so attached to their cell phones that they sleep with them on their nightstand or even under their pillow. Bad idea. Cell phones pump out electromagnetic radiation whenever they’re on – which means sleeping with one nearby boosts your exposure all night long. What to do? Put the phone on “airplane mode” (which shuts down the transceiver) or turn it off. If you need to be available for calls, place the phone several feet away from your bed.
As CNET explains:
there’s the concern of cell phone radiation. There is no definitive answer to the question of whether or not the radiation all cell phones and smartphones emit can or will give you cancer or any other ailment. However, some research suggests that cell phone radiation can interfere with your sleep, which makes the argument for keeping your phone farther away from you while you sleep more compelling.
As a quick Google search will reveal, there are plenty more articles on the health risks of this dangerous (and easily avoided) habit.
And a review of studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that such transmissions were “possibly carcinogenic,” and that risk becomes far more relevant during the times you’re holding the phone to your body. The risk is minimal and insignificant when the phone is disconnected from WiFi — or better yet, turned off completely — but let’s face it, most people who sleep with their phones don’t do so with it in airplane mode.
If you are like the billions of people who sleep with their cell phone next to their bed, this could be causing many problems (imperceptible for the moment) to your health. The radiation that smartphones emit are really dangerous and not advisable for any reason. This is true at any time of the day, but in the hours when we are sleeping, having our cell phone near us can lead to nightmares, inability to sleep, and waking up several times each night, etc. The reason? It causes an alteration in the system of certain self-regulating processes, such as your biological clock or cardiac rhythms.
There are people who are very attached to their cell phones that they sleep with them on their nightstand or even under their pillow. This is a very bad idea because cell phones draw off electromagnetic radiation whenever they’re on. This means sleeping with your phone nearby increases your exposure all night long.
(TheSleepJudge also has an informative post about the many ways that technology can negatively impact your sleep.)
So, we at SYB strongly encourage you not to sleep with your phone near your head. Or, if you do sleep with the phone nearby, then make sure it’s in airplane mode. This is one of the quickest, easiest and most effective ways to reduce your cumulative exposure to EMF radiation.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And many people still will sleep with their phones active and near their heads. Maybe their cell phone is their only phone (they have no landline) and they want people to be able to reach them if there’s an emergency. Or maybe they use their phone as their alarm. Or maybe it’s something else.
And these are some of the reasons why we created our SYB Picture Frame.
Our Picture Frame (which holds two separate 5″x7″ photos) is designed to shield up to 99% of wireless EMF radiation (>50dB over 10 MHz-3 GHz). So one great use of it is to place it on your nightstand between your phone and your bed. Then, even if you sleep with your phone near your head (again, which we strongly recommend against) a large chunk of your cell phone’s radiation will be deflected away from your head and body— without interfering with your phone’s reception or battery life.
Get yours today!
For some more tips on ways to alter your technology behavior to improve your sleep, you can check out this post from NestMaven.
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