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e already discussed ways to improve your sleep. If you missed that post, be sure to check it out as there are great tips for getting quality sleep (if not adding to the amount, at least making it the best!).

It may be news to some, but electronics left on beside your bed at night could be the culprit of your tossing and turning. Even if you sleep like a baby, it’s still beneficial to turn these guys off while sleeping.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force that emanate from any electrical or wireless device. There are two types of EMFs, low and high frequency. Low frequency are from our electricity and appliances while high frequency (or Radio Frequency, “RF”) are from wireless devices.

In her series on Electromagnetic Radiation, Heather Dessinger (aka, the Mommypotamus) reviewed the book Overpowered, by Dr. Martin Blank. She lays the foundation for EMF exposure and its effects on our health so well it’s not worth a repeat here. But it is worth your while to check out this post and this post, which should give you a good jump start.

Ya’ll, I get it, we live in a fast-paced, always-connected-society and it can be difficult to disconnect, not just physically, but mentally from our smart-phones, social media accounts and the internet world as a whole. But the truth is, this never-ending-connection to our electronic devices is harmful to our health.

Before you misinterpret that I’m telling you to ditch all things electronic, please know I’m not! I, too, am well acquainted with the social media world and the internet (kinda goes hand-in-hand with this bloggity-blog!).

And I’ll be the first to admit I lay in bed at night unable to shut my mind down (is this a girl thing?). It’s a problem my dear hubby does not share…30 seconds after hitting the pillow and he’s out like a light! (I often lean over and punch him, just to share that he’s fallen asleep so quickly! He loves me so!) 

This is precisely why I wrote about getting better sleep, and now why I’m touching on EMFs, especially in the bedroom, while we sleep (or try to!).

There are some simple steps you can do to greatly reduce your exposure to EMFs, the first would be turning them off at night. If you sleep with your phone by your bed, turn it off! If this isn’t an option, at least put it across the room.

Dr. Martin Blank says, “While the scale of EMF radiation in our sphere is massive, it also rapidly dissipates with distance from the many different sources, such that a four or six foot spread between you and the EMF source is often enough to significantly reduce your exposure.”

This is great news! And precisely why we don’t leave electronics on in our bedrooms. I have a small wrist watch that is my alarm clock, and with the exception of our diffuser (because I think the benefits of using it outweigh the EMFs it puts out…a personal decision), all electronic devices are shut down with WiFi turned off. Our kids have small clock radios in their rooms, but they are placed across the room (with a book covering the light as they sleep).

Did you know that your appliances are emitting EMFs even when they’re not being used? By simply unplugging your toaster, or your coffee pot between uses you’re reducing your EMF exposure (and saving yourself pennies on your electric bill to boot!).

Remember, the goal is improvement, not perfection. If some of these are not options, then do the ones you can. If you can turn your phone off at bedtime on the weekends, then that’s improvement!

Walk around your home and take inventory of your electronic devices. TVs, computers, appliances…believe it or not, even hair dryers can have extremely high EMF output! Which appliances or devices can you unplug between uses? Start with a few, after a while you may realize it’s second nature to unplug your coffee pot in the morning (do remember to plug it back in if you have it programmed to brew in the morning…that would be sad to come down to an empty pot).

Defender Shield is worth a mention if you’re concerned about your EMF exposure. They are a company that offers EMF protection from cellphones, tablets or laptops. I have not personally tried these shields, but because of my increasing time online, the tablet shield is on my wishlist (#bloglife).

What steps will you make this month toward lowering your EMF exposure? Let us know in the comments, once it’s written, you’ll be held accountable!

I’m committing to unplugging all kitchen appliances when not in use. There’s just no reason the toaster, coffee pot, mixer and blender all need to be plugged in 24/7.

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  • Stephanie Lewandowdki
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    I read this last night while laying in bed. I haven’t slept good in about a week so I thought “what the heck! Let’s give it a try!”
    I looked around my room and as it turns out, I’ve been sleeping in a hotbox of EMF’s. I’ve got my electric fireplace (or ambiance maker), Bob, my robot vacuum (which personally I consider to be the most important appliance in the house), we both have bedside lamps and phones on our bedside tables AND tablets on our bedside tables.
    Sooooo, I turned off and unplugged everything and I slept 10 hours!!! 10 hours!!!! Don’t hate me because I’m well rested.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      10 HOURS! That’s so awesome Stephanie! I fell asleep last night before closing our curtains and, although getting “enough” sleep, don’t feel rested because I kept waking up with the street light shining in. You’d think I’d learn this lesson!

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