Great news! That ugly breaker box on your wall is about to look a lot prettier!
With the flip of a few switches each night, you can “breaker” your way into a better night’s sleep!
This sounds too simple, right? Wrong! Trust me. It really works!
The Omnipresence of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)
In our constantly plugged-in world, Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are increasingly difficult to avoid: “Exposure to electromagnetic fields is not a new phenomenon. However, during the 20th century, environmental exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing as growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour have created more and more artificial sources. Everyone is exposed to a complex mix of weak electric and magnetic fields, both at home and at work, from the generation and transmission of electricity, domestic appliances and industrial equipment, to telecommunications and broadcasting.”
Throughout each and every day, we are exposed to a wide variety of EMFs:
What Effects Does EMF Exposure Have on our Health?
Since continual exposure to EMFs is a relatively new reality in the grand scheme of human existence, research is ongoing: “It is not disputed that electromagnetic fields above certain levels can trigger biological effects. Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at the levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects. Exposures to higher levels that might be harmful are restricted by national and international guidelines. The current debate is centred on whether long-term low level exposure can evoke biological responses and influence people’s well being . . . Some members of the public have attributed a diffuse collection of symptoms to low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields at home. Reported symptoms include headaches, anxiety, suicide and depression, nausea, fatigue and loss of libido. To date, scientific evidence does not support a link between these symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic fields. At least some of these health problems may be caused by noise or other factors in the environment, or by anxiety related to the presence of new technologies.”
Currently, definitive results are not available, but researchers continue to study extremely low frequency (ELF) and radio frequency (RF) radiation, as well as the long-term effects of electromagnetic fields on the human body:
EMFs, Radio Waves, and Sleep Disturbance
To achieve optimal health, we must sleep well: “Sleep, it turns out, may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.”
Thus, if there’s a possibility that EMFs and radio waves (from WiFi and cell phones) are disturbing our sleep, we must solve this problem!
There are numerous sleep aids on the market: supplements, eye masks, white noise machines, etc. But, what if the most helpful sleep aid is absolutely free?
Enter: the easiest biohack ever! For a better night’s sleep, simply turn off the fuses that power your bedroom’s outlets and wireless router(s). Then, switch your phone to “airplane” mode.
It’s that simple! I’ve been doing this for about a month, and I have never slept deeper or better. I still wake up at least once a night to use the bathroom, but since I’ve been switching off my bedroom’s fuses (which include the fuse for my wireless router) and eliminating radio waves from my cell phone (via “airplane” mode), I’ve continually woken up (almost exactly) six hours after I’ve fallen asleep. I don’t think this is an accident; I think my body has been able to engage in deep REM sleep that it’s never known before! No matter how much sleep I used to get, I’d wake up feeling groggy and sluggish. And, no matter how tired I was or what time I went to bed, I’d wake up multiple times each night and float in and out of great sleep. Now, I’m noticeably more alert in the morning, and falling–and staying!–asleep has never been easier.
Think it’s all in my head? Possibly! I don’t have proof that my bedroom’s EMFs or that my WiFi and cell’s radio waves were affecting my sleep quality; I only have conviction! (And, if it is just a placebo effect, I don’t actually care. I’m now sleeping like a newborn baby!) However, I will say that it is much more difficult for me to fall asleep on the nights my husband is still awake using the Internet or watching our Smart TV, and it is much more difficult for me to sleep in when he’s awake early and, you guessed it…using the Internet or watching our Smart TV!
In my home, switching off the fuses before bed and switching them on first thing in the morning has become as routine as brushing our teeth. It’s truly so easy.
(If you’re interested in more information about EMFs, check out #120 of the “Healthy Mom’s Podcast” by Wellness Mama in which she interviews EMF expert Dr. Libby Darnell.)
This is a biohack you must try for yourself. Once you do, I think you’ll become as obsessed as I am with the power (see what I did there?) of your breaker box!
After shutting down your home’s EMFs and radio waves for several nights, let me know if your sleep improves! I always love to read any and all comments!
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4 thoughts on ““Breaker” into Better Sleep”
I found this very interesting as it brought back many memories of the environment I taught in for 17 years. It was a controversy of high magnetic fields due to several above ground power lines which ran along the canal directly behind the playground. As cases of brain tumors began to emerge in the student population, parents and teachers started their intense research into the possibility of EMF’s and their correlation to health issues. Many companies were hired to measure our classroom as well as outside EMF levels. These levels were especially higher in the basement classrooms where the students and then 3 teachers became quite ill. A final determination was never made to place blame on the EMF study but parents were able to move their children out of their designated school boundary to another school within the district. My classroom was upstairs with lower levels of EMF’s so I remained for a few more years. I have often wondered about the impact of health and the environment of my school which still remains to this day surrounded by many above ground power lines.
Thank you for this and all of your biohacks providing information for the choices we all make everyday in regard to our health.
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Wow, that’s a crazy story! Thank you for sharing. Clearly, a reduction in EMF exposure may not only improve sleep–it may also improve overall health!
You mentioned not having “proof” that turning off EMFs was improving your sleep and it reminded me of your discussion on toxins and processed food. For me, the burden of proof lies in those that advocate non-natural treatments because we (as humans) have slept for millions of years without EMFs or eating processed foods. To advocate for EMFs/processed foods means that you would have to show how they don’t interfere with the natural. Let’s not stay up waiting for EMF manufacturers/Monsanto to provide evidence…
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I 1000% agree! Great point.