Difficulty sleeping has become an alarming problem in today’s world. EMF exposure–electromagnetic fields coming out of all our electrical and wireless gadgets–might be one of the leading causes.
In March 2011, the National Sleep Foundation published survey results, revealing that 43% of people between the ages of 13-64 report that they rarely or never feel they get enough restful sleep, especially during the week. People in the US now sleep an average of only 6.7 hours, as opposed to 7-8 hours reported in the past. And there are growing numbers of people who sleep under 6 hours at night.
Reasons for Sleep Difficulty
Researchers are hazarding a guess that stress and worry over the economy probably play an important part in contributing to people’s inability to get enough sleep at night. This is no surprise–whom do we know who isn’t at least a tiny bit worried about what’s happening with the economy?
They also note that in just over a decade, society has become more and more around-the-clock. With the advent of the internet, computers, and cell phones, society is in motion 24/7. We can now be awake at any hour and get work done-or engage with the numerous entertainment gadgets we have to pass the time. If we can’t fall asleep anyway–why not get up and get some work done, or have a little fun to distract ourselves?
Perhaps the Most Important Reason for Sleeplessness
Well, there’s the rub. When we can’t sleep and decide to go onto our computers or smartphones or play a video game–we are simply compounding the problem.
The poll showed that 95% of people surveyed said they played video games, watched TV or used smartphones or laptop computers in the hour before going to bed. Hmmm…interesting. For about a decade, researchers have been correlating EMF exposure with a number of symptoms and illnesses-including, very importantly, sleep deprivation.
In other words, all of our wonderful gadgets are not only very unfriendly to our bodies–but they may also be keeping us awake at night, as well.
How Do EMFs Cause Sleep Difficulty?
So exactly how do our conveniences cause us to sleep difficulty? Two ways. First: EMF exposure from manmade devices has a higher rate of oscillation (vibrate at a higher number of cycles) than the natural electromagnetic fields of our body at rest. (Yes, we have EMFs in our body–natural ones that are very different from the man-made kind.)
The electrical current in our home in the US is 60 Hz (cycles per second). In contrast, the ideal frequency in our brain in sleep drops to as low as 2 Hz. This discrepancy can prevent us from falling asleep or from staying in deep sleep. Somehow, our brain keeps trying to entrain itself from the frequency of the electricity, and this keeps us awake.
But this is just the electricity in our homes and the usual appliances that are plugged in the wall. Our wireless gadgets emit a truly hazardous kind of EMF–microwave radiation–that oscillates at a much higher frequency. This can really keep us awake.
A second way EMFs cause sleep difficulty: Among other things, EMF exposure has a negative impact on the production of melatonin in our body. Melatonin, a hormone produced by our pineal gland, regulates our circadian rhythm and helps us to sleep. EMFs hinder the production of this hormone and also impact our cells so that they can’t take in the Melatonin that is produced.
What can we do about this EMF exposure?
So, if we want to get a good night’s sleep, spending the last hour before we go to bed staring into our computer screen, speaking on our cell phone, or playing a video game doesn’t sound like a good idea. Well, so we opt to read that last hour before bed.
Then what about our clock radio that sits on our bedside table within a foot or two from our head all night long? Or our cell phone? What about our electric blanket cozily keeping us warm? Or our oh-so-convenient Wi-Fi happily humming along, sending out its hazardous cloud of EMFs to all in our home throughout the night?
Yes, according to an increasing number of studies, having all these wonderful modern-day conveniences near the bed while we sleep are also likely causing more than some of our sleep difficulty.
So now, to prevent difficulty sleeping, we can’t use any of our fun toys for an hour before bedtime–and we’re also supposed to sleep without a clock or phone near our bed? Who in this day and age can do that?!
Protection Against EMF Exposure
Actually, none of these restrictions is necessary. You can have all of your conveniences and gadgets–and also sleep well. You just need to find protection from the EMF exposure you’re subjecting yourself to. There is a burgeoning market out there of EMF protection products. Check them out–but be discerning.
Find out more about the ways EMF exposure might affect your sleep and overall health, and make your own decisions. But meanwhile, it’s probably smart also to limit your EMF exposure as it gets close to bedtime. Don’t take any chances of increasing your sleeping difficulty.
Shanti Rivers has been a writer and editor for 15 years. Because she’s dealt with electrosensitivity since childhood she’s uniquely aware of the personal impact of EMFs on the environment and health. Shanti encourages you to visit EMF Health Today [http://www.earthcalm.com/emf-health/] to learn more, experience relief and thrive.
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