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Trouble Sleeping? Your Cell Phone May Be to Blame


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against sleeping with your cell phone. They said that if the device is kept closer than arm’s length, it may pose a serious health risk.

“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public-health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high-use exposure to the energy emitted by cellphones,” CDPH director Karen Smith said in a statement. “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”

Cell phones are a ubiquitous part of modern life, with approximately 95 percent of Americans using them, said the CDPH. When the devices send and receive information, they emit low radio frequency (RF) energy that may be detrimental to health.

The impact on children is a particular concern because the average age a child gets a first cell phone is 10 years old, added the CDPH. Making matters worse, children tend to keep their phones with them day and night.

“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” Smith wrote. “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”

To limit exposure, the CDPH recently issued new guidelines on cell phone use. They said “some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high use of cell phones may be linked to certain types of cancer and other health effects.” These include tumors of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, brain cancer, headaches, lower sperm count and detrimental effects on sleeping patterns, learning, hearing, memory and behavior.

How to Reduce Your Exposure

The CDPH guidelines are easy to follow. Instead of wearing a cell phone in a pocket, carry it in a backpack or briefcase. When sleeping, place the phone across the room rather than on a nightstand. Remove headsets when not in use, and limit the use of cell phones when the signal is weak. Refrain from using a cell phone to stream video or audio, as well as to upload or download large files.

Interestingly, the guidelines also caution against using radiation shields, which are purported to block RF energy. Such products have given people who are concerned about cell phone emissions a false sense of protection. The U.S. Trade Commission reports that these devices may make a phone work harder and produce more RF energy to maintain a connection. This problem could actually raise exposure rather than reducing it.

Is Cell Phone Safety Really Debatable?

We’ve been told that experts disagree on the health risks carried by cell phones. Those who discount the validity of concerns about the radiation the devices emit base their opinion on studies that don’t show a definite link to cancer and other maladies. Yet according to noted natural health proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola, 75 percent of the research that alleges cell phones have no adverse effects are funded by either the wireless industry or the military. When these conflicts of interest are present in studies, the findings can’t be trusted.

A 2016 “game-changing” massive federal study conducted by the National Toxicology Program suggested the RF radiation from cell phones can cause brain cancer and a schwannoma of the heart, which is a malignant tumor. While the research involved rats, Chris Portier, the commissioner of the study, said the radiation exposure of the rats was similar to what humans receive when they use cell phones.

Time reports on epidemiologist and toxicologist Dr. Devra Davis’s in-depth examination of studies that delve into the safety of cell phones. She started out with a large degree of skepticism about health risk concerns, but the evidence she came across was so compelling that she authored a book titled Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.

Granted, cell phones offer a tremendous convenience, but the risks aren’t worth the advantages. Health concerns associated with them should be taken seriously. Moreover, some people are more sensitive to the radiation than others. If you have headaches, sleep disturbances or some of the other problems linked to the emissions, you may want to abandon your cell phone and just use a landline.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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