Mobiles linked to disturbed sleep

Using a mobile phone before going to bed could stop you getting a decent night's sleep, research suggests. The study, funded by mobile phone companies, suggests radiation from the handset can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion. It may also cut our amount of deep sleep - interfering with the body's ability to refresh itself. The study was carried out by Sweden's Karolinska Institute and Wayne State University in the US. Funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, the scientists studied 35 men and 36 women aged between 18 and 45. Some were exposed to radiation equivalent to that received when using a mobile phone, others were placed in the same conditions, but given only "sham" exposure. Those exposed to radiation took longer to enter the first of the deeper stages of sleep, and spent less time in the deepest one.

The scientists concluded: "The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected." Researcher Professor Bengt Arnetz said: "The study strongly suggests that mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for activating and coordinating the stress system." Another theory is that radiation may disrupt production of the hormone melatonin, which controls the body's internal rhythms.

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Ive got a bunch of mobile aerials etc on my roof so it comes as no surprise but glad it is now admitted. Will be interesting to see if they action anything.

This is a great excuse to get your need, high-maintenance boyfriends and girlfriends to stop calling you at night. Keep the link handy.

Was just thinking the same thing.

It does make me wonder though. I sleep with my phone beside my every night and quite often txt folk fairly late on. I do wonder if this is somehow related to my sleep issues.

Not that I'm that fussed anyway, I usually take alot of caffeine in the morning otherwise I'm too drowsy to take in a word at lectures.

Might turn my wireless routers and phone off at night and try that for a month or two and see if there is any improvement. Will be interesting to see if anything actually happens or if I still end up as a zombie in the morning.

(Skwerl said @ #4)
This is a great excuse to get your need, high-maintenance boyfriends and girlfriends to stop calling you at night. Keep the link handy.

a better solution is to find a non-high maintenance boy/girl friend.

The real problem is people who feel they need to be connected 24/7 and never put the phone down. Here's an idea. A couple hours before bed, turn it OFF. You don't need to be so concerned about missing a late-night text message from a friend do you? Really?

One of my friends falls asleep almost every night while talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone and them needs an alarm clock or family member to wake him up. :P

(Gamerhomie said @ #1)
One of my friends falls asleep almost every night while talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone and them needs an alarm clock or family member to wake him up. :P
Now that's fresh news,... :(

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