When Getting Your ZZZ’s Seems like Mission Impossible


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is more and more evidence that lack of sleep contributes to a host of health conditions like, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. We’ve written on this topic on several occasions, and the news just keeps getting worse.

It seems every year the recommended amount of sleep we’re supposed to get increases. The standard recommendation by the National Sleep Association is now 7 to 9 hours. Can you imagine getting 9 hours of sleep? I long for that much sleep. The last time I remember sleeping more than 4 or 5 hours in one shot was after a typical 3 day sleep drought – and that just seems more like passing out then restful sleep!

So, today I read that it’s possible I might be losing sleep at night because my cell phone is too close to my head while I slumber. Yes, indeed! A new study* conducted by Bengt Arnetz, a Wayne State University professor and lead author of the study found that radiation from cell phones delayed the onset of sleep and shortened deeper stages of sleep. When the body doesn’t have adequate time to repair itself, there is more chance you’ll suffer long term health problems.

So, for now, I’ll sleep with my cell phone in the kitchen – where it belongs – and hope for the best.

*This study was published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium and funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, an international association of radio communications equipment manufacturers.

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