Cell Phone and Sleep Deprivation


byMbdisc.com on Friday, December 24, 2010 at 1:26pm

Having trouble sleeping? Then you may want to turn off your cell phone. New research links it to sleep loss, headaches, and confusion.

 Using your cell even an hour before bedtime adversely affects sleep causing you to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them according to research, conducted by Sweden's Karolinska Institute and Wayne State University in Detroit. Not enough deep sleep and you become cranky, easily distracted, and fatigued. 

 Anything that disrupts the integrity of your sleep will potentially have adverse consequences during the day. We know that sleepy drivers probably cause more traffic accidents (100,000 per year) and deaths (1,500 per year) than any other drivers on the road.

 Long term interference with deep sleep not only hinders the body's ability to repair damage suffered during the day, but is now associated with dozens of different illnesses and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and depression.

 Most alarming are the effects on children and teenagers, who tend to use their phones late at night. In a study of more than 1,600 13-to-15-year-olds in Belgium, scientists at Katholieke University in Leuven found that almost 60% of students used their cell phones either to talk or text message after turning their lights out at bedtime

 Those who used their cell phones after they actually went to bed were more likely to complain of tiredness.  The study found that the sleep disturbances caused by lack of sleep to phone use can trigger depression; mood swings, ADHD-like symptoms and personality changes, and impair concentration and academic performance.

Not only does lack of sleep due to cell phone use cause problems, but cell phones in and of themselves have raised a red flag warning.  Embarrassed mobile phone companies were quick to downplay the results of a study published in Electromagnetic Research Symposium —which they themselves sponsored that touts the adverse health effects of cell phone use on sleep.

 According to an article by Environmental Editor of the Independent U.K :  “The study -- conducted by scientists from the blue-chip Karolinska’s Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and from Wayne State University in Michigan, USA -- is thought to be the most comprehensive of its kind.”

Professor BengtArnetz, who led the study, says: "We did find an effect from mobile phones from exposure scenarios that were realistic. This suggests that they have measurable effects on the brain."

He believes that the radiation may activate the brain's stress system, "making people more alert and more focused, and decreasing their ability to wind down and fall asleep".



In another study performed by the Electromagnetic Academy at MIT it also found mobile phone radiation can severely disrupt sleep patterns in humans. Researcher’s exposed 71 men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 to cell phone radiation prior to going to sleep and confirmed that exposure to the 884MHz frequency was found to affect the body’s ability to recover from daily wear and tear.

 What's more interesting is that participants who were exposed to cell phone radiation during sleep were more likely to wake up with a headache than those who were not exposed.

 Dr Chris Idzikowski is the Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and is one of the countries leading experts in the field of sleep research and disorders says: "There is now more than sufficient evidence, from a large number of reputable investigators who are finding that mobile phone exposure an hour before sleep adversely affects deep sleep."

 The solution:

The solution to a better night’s sleep – put away your cell phone up to an hour before you go to bed. It’s also a good idea to not charge your phone next to your bed. You need at least 9 feet of distance between you and your phone to not be affected by the radiation.

 Also, you can try breakthrough technology from an Atlanta company called Miracle Balance when using your cell phone. Miracle Balance offers a revolutionary product that can help counteract the noxious part of the cell signal.

A convenient peel and stick hologram to your cell phone can aid in counteracting the frequencies that bombard your brain when using a cell phone. But they also recommend you don’t sleep with phone in hand.

Also offered by the company is a drug free alternative that can help you get an amazing deep natural relaxing sleep.  A simple peel and stick holographic sleep disc from Miracle Balance applied to sleep acupuncture points (known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as GB12 or H7), can help you get the sleep you want and wake up refreshed and energized.

 “This amazing technology uses energy medicine to unlock natural responses, helping you transform your life in a healthy balanced way,” notes Lester Ford, president of Miracle Balance, an Atlanta-based company.