How Electronic Devices Are Affecting Our Sleep

Electronic Devices

Many of us blame our lack of sleep on caffeine, stress and a multitude of other issues.  The culprit could actually be electronic gadgets.  Our growing dependency on tablets, laptops and phones is leaching our energy levels, upsetting our natural rhythms and leaving us feeling a bit out of whack.  

Although it is certainly true that the long hours spent on these devices cause us anxiety, there is also a more physical reason for our lack of sleep.  The wireless energy waves, aka electromagnetic radiation that surround our devices can disrupt our bodies’ own natural electric and biochemical responses.  We aren’t just talking about phones and iPads, electric blankets and baby monitors also emit constant low-level electromagnetic fields that can cause sleep disturbances and possibly even insomnia, depression and anxiety.

 

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Blue light, the light emitted from our phones and laptops has also taken the wrap for ruining our skin.  Exposing it to rays similar to that of the sun and prematurely aging our skin.  Well, there seems to be another issue with blue light, the HEV emitted by screens are believed to impact the production of melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone, and that can’t be good!

So, what to do about it?  Firstly, limit the electronics in the bedroom, and switch your phone on airplane mode before bed.  Another culprit is your internet router, ensure that it is also situated away from your sleep space.  It is also suggested that you turn your wi-fi off all together at night.  

 

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But what if you have already been exposed to them?  There are a number of natural remedies such as Himalayan detox salts and powdered amethyst that are known to neutralize the negative effects of EMF.  No they aren’t magic potions that zap the body of EMF, they do relax the senses though and allow the body to unwind.  Just as we prepare our bodies for the busy day ahead, we also need to invest time in relaxing the body in preparation for sleep.