In the world we live in, cell phone use is increasingly essential to daily life. So much so that we do not put it down 24/7. We take it with us wherever we go and if we forget it at home, we feel like something is missing. We do not turn it off at any time of the day and we sleep with it on the nightstand. This habit can be detrimental to our health.
If you are like the billions of people who sleep with their cell phone next to their bed, this could be causing many problems to your health.
The radiation that smartphones emit are really dangerous and not advisable for any reason. This is true at any time of the day, but in the hours when we are sleeping, having our cell phone near us can lead to nightmares, inability to sleep, and waking up several times each night, etc. The reason?
It causes an alteration in the system of certain self-regulating processes, such as your biological clock or cardiac rhythms.
The World Health Organization has stated that electronic devices in general (not just cell phones) are bad for the body and can increase the chances of developing cancer.
They produce toxic effects that many scientists do not acknowledge, which is why you need to know that cell phones are based on ionizing radiation and wavelengths. One study in Australia showed that there is an important relationship between the use of smartphones and sterility in men, as well as reduced sperm quality. In both sexes, there was an increase in stress levels.
Here are seven more ways you can benefit from keeping your devices out of the bedroom, and especially out of the bed.
1. You’ll minimize the urge to play games or chat with friends until an ungodly hour…
Late-night texting and phone use among teenagers has only exacerbated their chronic sleep deprivation problems, due to a lack of designated sign-off times.
The instant gratification and cognitive stimulation that come from staying connected results in later and later bedtimes. As you stay up later on a consistent basis, you readjust your internal clock, and delayed sleep phase syndrome sets in. Now, your body physically can’t fall asleep until that new, set time, whether it’s midnight or 2 a.m. This dysfunctional sleep pattern then negatively impacts energy levels and work productivity the following day.
2… And maybe even pick up a new book instead
If you’re not ready to fall asleep just yet, pick up a book instead of your phone. A reading lamp will not emit the same stimulating blue light as a digital screen, allowing the natural sleep cycle to begin as you wind down. From young adult novels to historical biographies, the written word gives your mind a single track to follow, rather than overwhelming you with stimulating notifications.
3. Or pay more attention to your loved one
A loved one is clearly more cuddly than your cell phone, yet technology in the bedroom is one of the main culprits when it comes to a couple’s sabotaged sex life.
Unfortunately, this technological connection is compromising real life connection. If you want to avoid killing the mood between the sheets and improve your overall communication with your partner, it’s best to leave your phone out of the mix.
4. You’ll reduce your radiation exposure
While no conclusive evidence links cell phones to the development of cancer, the phones do emit a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation that can be absorbed by body tissues located near the phone, according to the National Cancer Institute.
And a review of studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that such transmissions were “possibly carcinogenic,” and that risk becomes far more relevant during the times you’re holding the phone to your body. The risk is minimal and insignificant when the phone is disconnected from WiFi — or better yet, turned off completely — but let’s face it, most people who sleep with their phones don’t do so with it in airplane mode.
5. You’ll instantly relax without those alerts chirping in your ear
Whether you realize it or not, leaving your phone on or nearby can create a sense of hypervigilance, an experience often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder that involves feeling constantly tense or on guard. Being alert for incoming phone calls, text messages or emails prevents the body from achieving the desired state of total relaxation.
6. Sleep, sleep and more sleep
Just think about how many more Zzs you can log each night without your phone distracting you from just how tired you really are. By setting a curfew with your phone — at least 30 minutes to an hour before lights out — and checking out accordingly, you give your brain the opportunity to slow down and relax rather than stimulate it. Revel in the peace and quiet that is your bedroom, let your remaining thoughts wander, and let sleep drift in as it’s ready rather than letting your phone be the determinant.