Do you sleep with your phone under your pillow? It might be a good idea to reconsider…
We all carry our phones with us at all times. You receive texts and emails constantly, you use saved credit cards to pay with ease, and you never know when you might need to call someone. People may even want to check their phones as soon as they wake up in order to handle all the notifications that arrived while they were sleeping.
Is it a good idea to keep your phone next to you or on you while you sleep? Here’s why you probably shouldn’t.
1. It puts our health at risk due to emitted radiation
Mobile phones emit radiation due to their transmission signals around 900MHz. As a result, keeping cell phones close to the head for prolonged periods can lead to headaches, muscle pains, and other health issues.
While people tend to keep their phones close to them while they sleep for different reasons, it is better to be safe than sorry.
2. It could prevent you from sleeping
Cell phones, tablets, TVs, and other gadgets with LED screens emit blue light; a type of light that disrupts our circadian rhythms and impedes the production of melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep.
It may be due to blue light emitting wavelengths similar to daylight, which can deceive our bodies into thinking that it is daytime at any time.
3. It could set your pillow on fire
Many cell phone users sleep with their phones under their pillows because they are so attached to them. As a result of this habit, pillows have been set afire.
There was a teen in Texas who awoke to a burning smell in July 2014. The S.a.m.s.u.n.g Galaxy S4, which was under her pillow, scorched her sheet and mattress.
You should, therefore, keep your cell phone on “airplane mode” while you sleep to shut down the transceiver. Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation whenever they are on, so it’s best to turn them off.