You Should Turn Off Your WiFi Router at Night. Here’s How.

Turn Off Your Wifi Router at Night
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WiFi routers are a relatively significant source of EMF radiation exposure in many homes. And most people keep their routers on 24 hours a day– leading to a significant cumulative non-stop exposure. So one way to make a massive reduction in your EMF exposure is to turn off your WiFi router at night. Which brings us to SYB Healthy Living Tip #28.

Turn Off Your Wifi Router at Night

Cut Your Exposure

WiFi is a lot more convenient than ethernet, and most modern internet-connected devices don’t even come with ethernet ports anymore. So increasingly WiFi isn’t even seen as an option– it’s just how you access the internet.

But that’s no reason to keep your WiFi routers on when they’re not in use– namely, when you and your family are asleep. 

The type of radiation emitted by your WiFi router is a form of microwave EMF radiation. This is the same type of radiation emitted by cell phones. 

There are literally thousands of high-quality peer-reviewed scientific studies linking this type of radiation to many negative health effects including cancer and infertility, and the World Health Organization lists it as a Class 2B carcinogen.

This type of EMF radiation (also sometimes called radio frequency, or RF) is also linked to sleep disruption. In short, there are a lot of WiFi health risks and scientists like Dr. Martin Pall call WiFi an important threat to human health. So you definitely want to minimize it when you’re asleep!

And if you have babies or young children, this is even more important, because children are more vulnerable to damage from EMF radiation than adults. So it’s important for parents to turn off WiFi at night for their health.

So, to start, you definitely don’t want a WiFi router in the bedroom. (In fact, we recommend you keep all electronics out of your bedroom.) You want WiFi router radiation at a safe distance.

And if you don’t turn off your WiFi router, you’re being exposed to its EMF radiation emissions when you’re not even using it or getting any benefit from the technology.

Turn Off Your WiFi When You’re Asleep

Think about it. You and your family sleep somewhere between six and nine hours a night. The simple act of turning off your WiFi router at night will cut out that radiation exposure entirely. 

That’s approximately 1/3rd of your life without unnecessary WiFi radiation exposure.

Turning off your WiFi router at night is a great habit to develop because you’ll reduce your family’s exposure to EMF radiation. In short, turning off your WiFi at night is the absolute best WiFi router emf protection. 

But there are other benefits to turning off your WiFi, too.

Turning off your WiFi at night increases your personal security (because WiFi can’t be hacked if it’s not on). 

And on top of that, you’ll save some money on your power bill.

Ways to Turn Off Your WiFi Router

Here are a few options for how to turn off WiFi on a modem.


The easiest and most obvious way to turn off your WiFi at night is to just unplug your WiFi modem when you go to bed.

Then you can plug it back in when you wake up.

That’s simple and effective– and you can start doing it right now, for free, without learning or buying any new tech.

But it’s another thing you have to remember to do. And some people might not want to add that to their daily list of chores.

A Timer

So, you might prefer an automated solution. You can plug your router into a timer, just like you would a light.

Then set the timer to go on and off when you want it to, and voila! You don’t need to worry about it anymore.

These timers (like this one on Amazon) are inexpensive, super easy to use, and they’re mechanical so they aren’t a source of any additional radiation.

WiFi Router Built-in Timer

If you want the convenience of a timer, you may not have to buy anything new to get that functionality.

Many WiFi routers include timer functionality built right in. Though you will need to be comfortable going in and modifying your router’s settings.

There are a ton of tutorials online like this one teaches how to do it with an Apple Airport or Airport Express or this one from YouTube:

If you would like specific instructions for your own WiFi router modem, you can just google “how to set a schedule on my [router name] WiFi router” and you should get the information you need.

How to Turn off WiFi Router Remotely With Your Phone

Can i turn off my router from my phone?


So another option to turn off your WiFi router at night is by using your phone. This is how to turn off a WiFi router from your phone.

Some companies, like Asus and Verizon FiOS have an app to turn off WiFi router. You can install these apps on your phones to control and manage your WiFi modem. And you can use these apps to shut down your WiFi router from your phone, whenever you’re ready.

Even if the manufacturer of your WiFi router, or your internet service provider doesn’t have an app, you can still do this!

See, all WiFi routers can be accessed and controlled through a web browser on the same network. And your phone has a web-browser.

So you just have to open the web browser on your phone and go to your WiFi router’s web address (usually something like Then you can just shut it off.

Here are links to the instructions for how to disable WiFi on some of the most common routers and internet providers:

ISP specific Modem/Router Instructions:

Modem/Router Manufacturer Instructions:

If You Turn Off Your WiFi at Night, You Can Still Stay Connected

It’s important to realize that turning off your WiFi at night doesn’t mean you have to turn off all of your internet access.

Because turning off your WiFi is just turning off your wireless internet. You can still use wired internet using ethernet.

So, for example, if you want to turn off your WiFi, but still keep your computer online (for overnight backups, for example) that’s easy! Just use an ethernet cable to plug your computer into your router or modem. 

That way, you can turn off your WiFi, slash the EMF, and still stay connected.

The Router Isn’t The Only Source of EMF at Night

Disabling your WiFi router at night will make a huge dent in the EMF levels in your home. And you really should do it.

But if you really want to trim the EMF, remember to disable WiFi on your computers and other devices, too. 

While your WiFi router emits a lot more radiation than, for example, the WiFi modem in your cell phone, your cell phone is still a source.

If you don’t disable WiFi on your devices, they’ll still be on, searching for a signal, even if your WiFi router is off. So you’ll want to ensure all of your devices are in airplane mode and turn off WiFi at night on iPhone and any other of your wireless devices.

Here’s how to turn off WiFi on:

So, for a good night’s sleep, and improved health, turning off your WiFi at night will make a huge difference!

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