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Is sleeping next to your cell phone bad for sleep?

Postby Winston » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:37 pm


Do any of you sleep next to your cell phone or smart phone? If so, do you notice any difference in how it affects the quality of your sleep?

I tried sleeping with my phone near me a few nights and also tried sleeping without the phone nearby or turned off, and noticed that when I sleep near my smart phone while it's on, my sleep quality suffers. I get nightmares, feel anxiety and wake up groggy and with a bit of a headache, as though the sleep process was interfered with. But when the phone isn't around or turned off, I slept much better and more normal without interference.

Is there a reason for this? Or is it just a placebo effect?

Have any of you tried both ways and experienced any difference?

What about the wifi in my home? Should I turn it off during sleep too? But even if I do, the neighbors' wifi from multiple houses still runs through the house. What can you do about that? Wear a tin foil hate or radiation protector blanket?
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Re: Is sleeping next to your cell phone bad for sleep?

Postby Winston » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:37 pm


Check out this article in the Huffington Post. Apparently, a lot of people sleep with their smart phone under their pillow, which affects their sleep in that it causes them to get less sleep and have lower quality sleep as well.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/1 ... 80805.html

According to this, 90 percent of young people sleep with their cell phone near their beds:

http://ansonalex.com/infographics/effec ... fographic/

Effects of Sleeping Next to Your Cell Phone Infographic Highlights:

Over 75% of people the United States are connected to the internet via a mobile device.

33% of smartphone owners would rather give up sex than their smartphones.

95% of survey respondents claim that they use a technological device (smartphone, laptop, television, etc) in the hour before they go to bed.

90% of 18 to 29 year olds sleep with their phone right next to their bed.

1 in 10 survey respondents claim that they are awakened a few times a week by their cell phones.

50% of those that sleep with their phones next to them claim that the they check their phone when awaking the middle of the night.

63% of respondents that use gadgets right before bed claim that their sleep needs were not met.

A two-hour exposure to light from electronic displays suppresses melatonin (a sleep promoting chemical) by 22%.

Late night computer use is associated with sleeping disorders, stress and depressive symptoms.


The last two items above are revealing. I didn't know that using the computer at night before you go to sleep affects sleep negatively and makes it hard for you to fall asleep because it suppresses melatonin. No wonder why I have trouble sleeping after using the computer at night. I thought it was due to insomnia.
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Re: Is sleeping next to your cell phone bad for sleep?

Postby NinjaPuppy » Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:02 pm


The popularity of ghost hunting shows and EMF theories made me curious about what assorted electronics in my bedroom might also be putting out. I have since removed all unnecessary electronic and the ones that stayed are shut down complete via power strips when it's time for sleeping. I have slept like a rock ever since.
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