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Does WiFi Disrupt Sleep?

on August 28, 2016 by staff

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Cellphones are so ubiquitous nowadays that more people use them than have access to toilets.  That’s the kind of figure you could lose sleep over – your cellphone and wifi use might be causing you to do just that. It’s hard to imagine life without them, but the very fact that we’re exposed to them all day, every day means we have to ask – is wifi safe? Are cell phones dangerous?

Non-Thermal Radio Frequency And Your Body

Non-thermal radio frequency, also referred to as electropollution or electromagnetic radio radiation, is emitted by objects like cellphones, wifi routers, cordless phones, baby monitors, and other electronic appliances. Those radio waves are how electronics transmit and receive data. Radio waves are a part of the electromagnetic spectrum just like x-rays – in other words, they’re a type of radiation. We know that x-rays and gamma rays can damage our cells, although we don’t have a lot of exposure to those types of radiation. We know that UVA and UVB radiation can damage our skin if we don’t use sun protection. But the effects of radio frequency radiation are just now coming to light.

Our bodies actually give off a certain amount of radiation – we’re full of electrical signals and heat-producing reactions. And our electromagnetic fields can be influenced by outside sources of radiation and electricity. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – the potential to influence the electrical signals in our bodies to improve our health has been recognized throughout human history. From ancient acupuncture techniques to modern transcranial magnetic stimulation, there is plenty of evidence that changing our electrical signals is possible and that it affects our health.

What’s The Deal With Non-Thermal Radio Frequency?

Non-thermal radio frequency is a type of radiation that is invisible to the eye (unlike visible light) and under normal circumstances does not produce heat (unlike microwaves). But the fact that we can’t see or feel it doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous – we can’t see or feel x-rays, either. Of course, we don’t run into x-rays that often. But non-thermal radio frequency is all around us. It’s often referred to as “electropollution.”  The toxicity of thermal and non-thermal radio frequency have been documented and are linked to many health issues.

Electropollution is truly all around us. If you live in an apartment with wifi, if you use a cellphone with 4G, and even if you are part of the small number of Americans who cannot read this article because they neither have wifi nor a smartphone, chances good that your neighbors do. You are exposed to this electropollution anytime someone uses a cellphone in your proximity or when you go by a building with wifi. Even cell towers emit non-thermal radio frequency. Like it or not, you’re swimming in a sea of this invisible radiation.

While the bombardment of electromagnetic radiation on humans through the use of cellphones and wifi during the day may be problematic, it’s not terribly threatening to our health since our bodies can mostly fend off any ill effects when we’re awake and in defense mode. It is at night, when the body is rejuvenating and rebuilding and our defenses are compromised that non-thermal radio frequency exposure is most dangerous. Like attacking a sleeping army, electromagnetic radiation infiltrates the resting body, damages the immune system, and inhibits the production of melatonin which is the natural hormone produced to induce sleep.

Yet at night in the safety of our bedrooms, when we are at our most vulnerable, many of us expose ourselves to excessive and damaging levels of electropollution. For example, setting the alarm on your phone and placing it by your bed at night might seem innocuous, but the simple and common act of having electronics in the bedroom is probably making the quality of your sleep worse and damaging your immune system. Having a wifi router in your bedroom or even in your apartment that you keep on and working at night is asking for trouble, and specifically asking for trouble sleeping.

Non-Thermal Radio Frequency Radiation And Insomnia

Many people suffer from insomnia and some mild cases are attributed to too much screen time before bed. You might have heard that using your cellphone before bed stimulates the eyes through light, telling your body to create less melatonin and therefore making it more difficult to sleep. That is most certainly part of the problem, since most screens do emit light, but that isn’t the whole picture. Even a phone set to the lowest level of light could still cause the same suppression of melatonin as a fully lit phone. That’s because the reduced creation of melatonin before bed might actually be caused by the electromagnetic frequency being given off from your cellphone as it receives and emits information through a 4G network or wifi. Your brain mistakes this information for light, which causes your brain to reduce the levels of melatonin it creates.

In other words, reading an article on a wifi-enabled device with a darkened screen might cause the same confusion to your brain as reading an article on a device set to airplane mode with a bright screen. Put simply, having wifi and electronic devices in your bedroom while you sleep makes your brain think you’re sleeping in the land of the midnight sun – and that means you’re not getting a good night of sleep.

Turing your cellphone to airplane mode at night is a great step to take in reducing the amount of electropollution you expose yourself to when your body is healing. Turning off wifi at night is another vital step, since it is constantly emitting and receiving data and therefore producing non-thermal radio frequency radiation. Even an air-conditioner in your bedroom emits disruptive electromagnetic radiation. The deep night’s sleep you think you’re gaining by sleeping in a cool room is likely much shallower than you realize. If even after turning off your electronic appliances at night you are still sleeping poorly, you may be suffering from non-thermal radio frequency exposure from “dirty electricity” in your home – electricity running through poorly or improperly shielded wires.

People who have taken preventative steps to avoid electropollution but are still having difficulty falling asleep and sleeping deeply may be extra sensitive to electromagnetic radiation. This condition is called electrohypersensitivity. If this is the case, you may want to invest in an electromagnetic radio frequency shielding canopy to go over your bed. The canopy is made using silver thread and can significantly reduce the amount of electromagnetic radiation you are exposed to while you sleep.

So Are Cell Phones Dangerous? Is WiFi Safe In Your Home?

Much of the time, non-thermal radio frequency radiation is simply unavoidable. We need our wifi and our cellphones to do our jobs and live our lives. Just traveling past other people’s wifi and local cell towers also exposes us to electropollution. Are cell phones dangerous? During the day, probably not. Is wifi safe? Again, during the day, it’s probably ok. Your body is on alert for damage and can handle the exposure. But at night, it’s a different story.

Your bedroom should be a safe haven where your body is able to relax, sleep deeply and rejuvenate.  Make sure that you are not undermining this important healing time in your daily life by exposing yourself to avoidable non-thermal radio frequency. Now turn off the device you are reading this on, turn off your wifi, and let yourself sleep!

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