We all have troubles with sleeping at certain points in our lives. Yet, if those problems persist, they can significantly affect our mental and physical capabilities to function normally. If you have trouble sleeping, whether it is staying awake for the most part of the night or simply having restless or @light@ sleep, before you check your health with your physician first make sure your own cell phone is not the reason for not getting enough quality rest.
Latest studies are indicating growing trend of sleeping within the range of cell phone. Most people that own cell phones or smart phones use them as alarm clocks and they usually keep them somewhere next to bed so they don’t have to jump from bed instantly when alarm starts. If you can recognize yourself as one of those people who use cell phone alarm, cell phone probably also keeps you awake at night at least longer than you would be awake without the cell phone. US and Swedish study from 2008 showed that cell phone radiation affects sleeping patterns. Participants of this study who were exposed to cell phone radiation had more difficulties falling asleep and spent less time in deep sleep in compare to participants who were not exposed to cell phone radiation. One of the lead researchers of this study, Bengt Arnetz, stated that there are clear evidence that cell phones decreased participant’s ability to wind down and fall asleep and called research results “very realistic”.
There are also psychological aspects of sleeping next to a cell phone – the almost addict-like need to constantly check your phone for messages, social media or any other content that makes us more and more awake and stressed and keeps us from natural flow of falling asleep. Every new message will most probably make us reach for our phones to see it, yet that type of sleep disruption, when we are first sleepy or almost asleep and then suddenly awaken, especially if this pattern repeats itself more times, will eventually produce inability to fall asleep completely for that night, and in a long run, possibly lead to more serious sleep disorder, stress and depression.
Dr. Elisabeth Dowdell, professor at Villanova University, believes that more and more teens are texting even in their sleep. A study called “Teens, smartphones and texting” showed that teens are literally addicted to their phones and send up to 60 messages a day. How deep this problem is, it’s just starting to show. During sleep texting, a person is awaken by a beep (signal that message is received) and then starts typing, sometimes even jibberish, because it is not fully awaken.
Almost three quarter of people from 18 to 44 years of age sleep next to their cell phones. Having in mind that cell phone radiation has far more serious health consequences other than causing sleep disorders, we should be aware of this problem and take necessary steps to distance ourselves from cell phones as much as we can, especially during our sleep. For additional step in decreasing cell phone radiation, try using EMF protection product.