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Why is it dangerous to sleep near the phone: it's not just about radiation

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Having the phone near the bed can significantly disrupt your sleep

The last thing most of us do before going to bed is turn off our phones and put them next to us. But this is a bad habit. There are several reasons for this.

OBOZREVATEL looked into these reasons. After reading them, you will want to find a new place for your gadget.

It can make it harder to fall asleep

Studies show that using any electronic device before bedtime - not just your phone, but also your tablet, TV, computer, game console, etc. - can make it harder to fall asleep. When you use gadgets, especially your cell phone, right before bed, you don't give your body and brain enough time to relax. In addition, news feeds, videos, or games provoke emotions that may be too strong at bedtime.

It can interfere with your sleep cycle

Exposure to blue light, which is present in the backlighting of modern screens, throws off your internal clock, delaying the natural release of melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. For thousands of years, our circadian rhythms have been closely linked to the sunrise and sunset, which signaled that it was time to sleep and wake up. But smartphones have disrupted this process. Whether you expose yourself to blue light right before bed or have your phone blinking at night while you sleep, it will negatively affect your sleep cycle. Some smartphones have a blue light filter function, but it's more effective to avoid using the gadget completely before bed.

This slightly increases the risk of radiation exposure

The scare story that using a phone can cause cancer does not yet have sufficient scientific evidence. However, it is difficult to deny the fact that a mobile phone emits a small level of non-ionizing radiation during use. The only known side effect of this is heating. Nevertheless, experts advise not to place the gadget near the bed to avoid any risks and get a better night's sleep.

Ideally, it is better to take the gadget to another room so that it does not interfere with anything. If you still need your phone near you, turn off all notifications, including vibration, and put the device face down so that flashes do not interrupt your sleep.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what not to do if your smartphone falls into the water.

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