Do you sleep with your phone under your pillow? If so, you might want to reconsider…
We all have our phones with us at all times. You receive texts and emails constantly, you use your saved credit cards to make payments easily, and you never know when you will need to call someone. People even need to check their phones as soon as they wake up to deal with all the notifications that arrived while they were sleeping.
Should your phone be near or on while you’re sleeping? Probably not.
1. It could set your pillow on fire
Cell phone users are often so attached to their phones that they sleep with them under their pillows. Pillows have been set on fire as a result of this habit.
One of the most popular incidents of this kind occurred in July 2014, when a teen from Texas awoke to a burning smell. Her Samsung Galaxy S4, which was under her pillow, scorched her sheet and mattress.
Thus, it is advisable to turn off the transceiver of your cell phone by placing it in “airplane mode” while you sleep. Alternatively, turn it off since cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation whenever they’re on.
Batteries of most devices display a warning that they may cause a fire if kept under bedding. It is therefore advisable to turn it off for your own safety.
2. It could prevent you from sleeping
LED screens, such as those found in cell phones, tablets, TVs and other gadgets, emit blue light, a type of light that is known to impede melatonin production and disrupt our circadian rhythms.
Blue light emits wavelengths similar to daylight, which can cause our bodies to think it’s daytime even when it’s not.
3. It puts our health at risk due to emitted radiation
Mobile phones emit radiation due to their 900MHz transmission signal. Therefore, keeping cell phones close to the head for an extended period of time can lead to headaches, muscle pains, and other health issues.
People tend to keep their phones close to them while they sleep for different reasons, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Therefore, it is recommended to turn off all electronics two hours before bedtime. Keep your phones and laptops in another room while you sleep if possible.