March 17th is the world sleep day. In this blog post, we assess the factors and the impact of EMF Radiation (wireless, device and electrical radiation) causing insomnia (lack of sleep) and health implications thereof.
43% of people between 13-64 years of age reported that they donot get right amount and quality of sleep – especially on weekdays – National sleep foundation, USA. There are no India figures to be quaoted, but we suspect that numbers to be high. Ever increasing numbers of people sleep less than 6 hours a night (including yours truly). Do you identify yourself with some degree of sleeplessness/ insomnia or less-than-adequate sleep? Then this read could be in your interest.
Sleep loss is a key health problem – which is not addressed right. While it can leave you drowsy, lethargic, fatigued, irritable and low on mental faculties the immediate day after, it has a direct linkage with heart disease, obesity and hypertension.
Increasingly our lives are falling into grids – the electrical wiring grid in your home, the telecommunication grid outside it, the WiFi connected grid in side your home – all of it essentially increasing the electro-pollution/ electro-smog that we are subject to. By many estimates, we are exposed to EMF radiation – 100 to 1 million times higher than our preceeding generations. Our body has a tolerance level, but it is simply not tailored to such consistent and tenacious magnetic fields and EMF radiation.
The mechanics of EMF radiation and insomnia.
Melatonin is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants that is produced by the human body for self reparatory functions. It is secreted by the Pineal gland that is located in the middle of the human brain. The Pineal gland activates the process of Melatonin production in the dark – and the process of release of melatonin in the blood stream induces sleep. That is why Melatonin is known as the sleep hormone. Melatonin production therefore follows the circadian rhythym (the body clock), and is in process between 9 in the evening and 6 in the morning. EMF Radiation disrupts the pineal gland working, upsetting the Melatonin production rhythym – thereby reducing the sporific effect (sleep inducing effect). Refer here for research on this phenomenon by Dr. Neil Cherry.
Secondly, all sources of radiation external to the body oscillate at a higher frequency. An idle brain in sleep has a frequency of 2Hz. However, electrical systems in your home work at 60Hz, cell phone radiation is at 900-2400Hz and WiFi radiation at 2400Hz. These frequencies disrupt the idle frequency (sleep frequency) making it difficult to get to sleep.
Getting you to sleep well
Sleeping next to EMF radiating devices – wireless systems and electronics or simply the house circuitry can have very serious consequences on your body and your health in the long term. Therefore, reducing the radiation bit at home is one key point of good sleep.
1. Switch off the WiFi when not in use
2. Donot load your sleep haven with electronic gadgets
3. Evaluate EMF Radiation in the room – identify EMF safe areas – move your bed towards these spots.
4. Donot sleep with the cellphone by your head side. It is enormously more dangerous than you can imagine.
5. If you must sleep with your cellphone, please switch on the WiFi mode.
6. E-books are regular bed side companions these days. They are convenient. But late night Ebook reading can create the same effect on sleep as provided above.
7. If you have the option – please sleep in wooden beds. Metal beds are known to resonate wireless frequencies keeping them boosted for longer periods.
We have illustrated the risks of Melatonin reduction due to EMF Radiation disruption and its effects on the body in this infographic.