How does radiation from cordless phones, wi-fi modems, electricity cables, cell phone masts etc. affects your sleep? Why reducing your exposure to radiation may an alternative treatment of insomnia problems that affect a large proportion of the population?
In recent years insomnia has taken epidemic proportions (in the US states of sleep problems reports 62% of the population [i]), although we now we sleep in comfortable mattresses and protected from the weather environment.
This phenomenon is particularly worrying since people with insomnia problems have:
- decreased immune response [iii]
- elevated levels of stress hormones [iv]
- reduced learning ability [v]
- reduced serotonin secretion [vi] (associated with depression and other psychological disorders [vii]), leptin [viii] (hormone regulating weight), melatonin (which protects the DNA) and growth hormone (which helps to maintain muscle and bone mass)
- greater predisposition of cancer [ix], heart attacks [x] and diabetes [xi]
The connection to artificial radiation
- Insomnia is considered likely impact of radiation exposure from the power cables (Graham, Cook [xii]) and tv broadcasting antennas (Alpeter [xiii]).
- The pulsed radiation from mobile phones and other wireless devices delay sleep and reduce the duration of the deep REM sleep (Mann [xiv], [xv], [xvi] Huber [xvii])
- At least 3 epidemiological studies have already linked the presence of cell phone masts with sleep problems in the neighboring population (Santini [xviii], Bortkiewicz [xix], Abdel-Rassoul [xx])
- Sleep problems in electromagnetic polluted areas are also reported by people with electrohypersensitivity [xxi], condition that reserchers claim that very soon it will affect 50% of the population (Hallberg [xxii]).
- Researchers at Wayne State University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm concluded that "during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected." and that "mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for activating and coordinating the stress system."[xxiii].
- Artificial radiation is associated with a reduction in the levels of melatonin [xxiv], the hormone we produce during sleep and regulates our 24-hour biorhythms (circadian rhythms), while protecting us against premature aging and cancer [xxv].
Is electromagnetic interference the cause for insomnia?
The human brain evolved in the presence of natural electromagnetic fields which have shaped electromagnetic activity. Alpha waves (7-12 Hz) produced in our brains during relaxing conditions have similarity with natural Schumann waves produced on the earth [xxvi].
The brain is now unable to identify this beneficial natural low frequency radiation, being exposed to much stronger artificial electromagnetic signals at frequencies ranging from 50 Hz (mains) to billions Hz (eg cell towers), which seems to cause the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and contribute to the complete failure of relaxation [xxvii].
Hospitals and laboratories are trying to reduce electromagnetic interference (Electromagnetic Interference - EMI) their premises, so as to protect their sensitive electronic equipment. Taking measures to reduce exposure to artificial radiation is probably necessary also for the equally delicate human body, especially during the critical hours of sleep.
How to safeguard your sleep and your health
- To reduce your exposure low frequency electromagnetic radiation, remove all electrical appliances near your bed.
- Keep in mind that if an electrical device is plugged in (such as the bedside lamps) it will produce an electric field even when not working, so we suggest that during the hours of sleep you unplug them from the wall outlet (especially if they have bipolar cable).
- To reduce your exposure to wireless radiation, remove from your bedroom or disable all wireless devices (eg cordless phones and modems).
- View more ways of protection from artificial radiation here.
Shielded bed canopies = The smart solution for better sleep quality
Bed canopies made from fabrics that reflect electromagnetic radiation:
- Give you the opportunity to make a necessary daily break from continuous exposure to electrosmog
- Ensure that you avoid exceeding the recommended safe limits to radiation during sleep and guarantee your protection from current and future wireless applications
- Are recommended especially for the most vulnerable population groups (pregnant women, children and patients) and those who want to proactively avoid any electromagnetic burden
- It is very useful solution if you live near cell phone masts, broadcasting antennas, radars etc. (especially in case your bedroom has windows or balcony doors with direct visual contact)
- Are usually recommended in densely populated areas where there is an accumulation of antennas, especially in apartments buildings because of the presence of a multitude of wireless phones and wireless Internet networks (you can find how many wi-fi modems affects you, with a simple search of wireless networks with your mobile phone, tablet or laptop).
- They are a lifetime investment, made by durable materials and you can transfer them if you move or want to use them in another home in your holidays etc.
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