Did you know EMFs (electromagnetic fields) could be keeping you and your baby up at night? At the very least, they could be preventing deep and restful sleep. Here’s the low down on EMFs:
What Are EMFs?
EMFs are electromagnetic fields that we come into contact with everyday. These originate from electricity in your home and outdoors. All electronic devices create electromagnetic fields.
Should You Be Concerned?
EMFs carry radiation, which over time may be harmful. Overexposure may disrupt sleep, especially in children whose skulls are not fully formed. Some report EMF exposures interrupt sleep cycles and are linked to allergy irritation, headaches, tiredness upon waking, heart palpitations, muscle pain and weakness, and daytime irritability as well a generally weakening your immune system. The World Health Organization says the jury is still out and research is still being done. However, we do know that EMFs continue to increase with the development of new technologies.
“During the 1990s, most EMF research focused on extremely low frequency exposures stemming from conventional power sources, such as power lines, electrical substations, or home appliances. While some of these studies showed a possible link between EMF field strength and an increased risk for childhood leukemia, their findings indicated that such an association was weak. Now, in the age of cellular telephones, wireless routers, and portable GPS devices (all known sources of EMF radiation), concerns regarding a possible connection between EMFs and adverse health effects still persists. Nevertheless, NIEHS recommends continued education on practical ways of reducing exposures to EMFs.”
-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Where EMFs Come From
EMFs come from electricity.
HOME-cordless & cell phones, hairdryers, vacuums, refrigerators, microwaves, TVs (flat screen is better than old box-style), lighting circuits, dimmer switches, electric razors, etc.
OFFICE– computers, fluorescent or halogen lighting, fax machines, photocopiers, scanners, cell phones, WiFi
OUTDOORS– power lines (overhead or buried in the ground), transformers, cell phone towers, citywide WiFi, your neighbors’ electronic equipment
BEDROOM– electric blankets, electric toothbrushes, charging cell phones, baby monitors (especially digital), alarm clocks, lamps, nightlights, CD players
What You Can Do About It
- Use fewer electronic devices and unplug them when you’re not using them.
- Only use a baby monitor if you absolutely have to. Get one that plugs in and place it at least 10 feet from where your baby is sleeping. The best option is “on demand” baby monitors that are activated by sound and only transmit information when there is noise. These significantly cut down on EMF levels.
- Get rid of CFLs if you haven’t already.
- Get rid of WiFi and use a wired internet connection.
- Have a reading done in your home for “dirty electricity”.
- Go to earthcalm.com and check out their products.
Why Sleep Environment Matters Most
If this information overwhelms you, start with the bedroom. Your baby’s immune system does its major repair work while he is asleep. This is when his body’s cells concentrate on regeneration, rejuvenation and detoxification. If there are elements in his bedroom that may be disrupting sleep, his immune system can become overburdened and he simply may be missing out on really restorative sleep.
Here’s an easy action step you can take right away: Scan your child’s bedroom and remove or unplug anything that is plugged into the wall, especially around her head. If you must have something plugged in, try to make sure it’s 10 feet away from her bed.
Leave a comment below. What do you think of EMFs? Do you think they are a threat? Do you believe the products on earthcalm.com work?