Electromagnetic Fields -
Creating a Sleep Sanctuary
The benefits of allowing the body to rest and repair from the various environmental exposures and stresses of the day cannot be overestimated. Light, electric and magnetic fields, and radio/microwave radiation all reduce melatonin. Melatonin not only allows for a deeper sleep, but it is one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants, and throughout the night it scavenges the free radicals that contribute to disease and aging. There is clinical evidence that the following protocol, in addition to protecting melatonin, can positively impact learning and behavior issues, autism spectrum conditions, and electro-hypersensitivity.
Here are the steps:
Light: Expose yourself to lots of bright light early in the day, and install window coverings in the bedroom to block out light at night. Two or three hours before bedtime, avoid bright light, especially blue light from energy efficient bulbs and electronics with screens. Programs like f.lux or Iris can help lower the brightness of your computer screen. Consider replacing higher wattage bulbs in commonly used fixtures with 15-25w incandescent bulbs for a calming light.
RF/MW radiation: Unplug WiFi, cordless phones, baby monitors, streaming media players like AppleTV or Roku, and other sources of RF radiation around your home. For convenience, you might want to use outlet switches or programmable timers.
Electric and magnetic fields: Before sleep, shut off the circuit breakers to the bedroom and adjacent rooms, if you can do so safely. Have a flashlight and battery powered alarm clock handy. Appliances on the other side of the bedroom walls may affect the sleeping area, as can electrical circuits in other areas of the house. To determine these impacts, it can be helpful to perform a home evaluation.
Jelter, T. (2015) Lecture: Health Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation in Children, presented at Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmnetal Hazards In a Wireless World, Mountain View, CA, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance Foundation. URL:
Sullivan, P. (2015) Lecture: Wireless: A Key Piece of the Autism Puzzle and What You Can Do About It, presented at AutismOne Conference, URL:
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