Electro-Pollution: A Potential Source of Sleep Deprivation and Stress

Modern life would be very different without access to state-of-the-art wireless technologies. But the benefits of these technologies may be offset by the adverse impact that continuous exposure to “electromagnetic pollution” has on our physical and mental health.

That’s the conclusion of an article written by researcher and author Trevicia Williams and recently published on the website of Psychology Today. According to the article, environmental factors including exposure to electricity, electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation, and other forms of electro-pollution can directly affect the body’s own electrical and biochemical response mechanisms, leading to imbalances in how we feel and think.

The problem is exacerbated when we sleep with EMF radiation-emitting devices in close proximity. Reportedly, the human pineal gland interprets EMF radiation as a form of light, thereby interfering with the production of melatonin which helps us to sleep. And EMF radiation also disrupts our circadian rhythms, impacting our ability to stay asleep.

The article offers a short list of suggestions for minimizing the impact of electro-pollution, including removing electronics from your sleeping area, use of a battery-powered alarm clock instead of your smartphone, and replacing wireless forms of connected devices with wired alternatives.

Read the Psychology Today article on the link between EMF and sleep deprivation.

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