Do You Want to Sleep More Deeply?
Do you find yourself yawning through meetings or unable to make it through the day without a nap? If so, you may not be sleeping as well as you think you are. To some, sleep problems are obvious: the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. You may not have either of those problems; you may not sleep deeply enough to revive your body.
There are many causes for poor sleep, including health problems, obesity, and anxiety. Recently, there’s been another hazard identified right within the walls of your home that can cause significant health problems, including sleep disturbances: electromagnetic radiation. Fortunately we have a solution for you. First though, let’s talk about why getting enough rest is so important.
Sleep is critical to your health. Your system uses those hours when your body and mind are still to do all sorts of housekeeping. Hormones are released, damaged cells are repaired, neurological pathways are repaired, and memories are stored. Basically, when your body doesn’t have to focus on walking, talking, listening, seeing, or absorbing, it tidies up inside.
The thing is, though, that you don’t just go to sleep, stay unconscious for a few hours, then wake back up again. Like with all bodily functions, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Our brain runs on electrical impulses; that’s why we can measure them in EEGs and other tests, and why electromagnetic radiation can affect it.
First, electromagnetic radiation can disrupt sleep phases. There are four sleep phases, and each is important to the sleep cycle:
Stage 1 sleep occurs when you’re just drifting off. You are still semi-conscious and aware of your surroundings. Your brain is slowing down, preparing for sleep, and if you wake up at this point, you won’t have the feeling of ever having been asleep. Have you ever been just on the edge of dozing off and suddenly jerked awake or gotten the feeling of falling? This is called a myoclonic jerk and is common in stage 1 sleep.
During stage 2 sleep, which lasts about 20 minutes, your brain waves are slowing down but still producing small rapid bursts of brain waves called sleep spindles. During this phase, your heart rate is slowing down, your eyes stop moving and your body temperature starts to drop. You are still in a fairly light sleep and can be easily awakened.
Stage 3 sleep is referred to as delta sleep and typically lasts about 30 minutes, depending on how long you’ve been asleep. When you’re in this stage, your eyes aren’t moving, your breathing is deep and your brain is producing long, slow delta waves. This is the deepest of all the stages of sleep. You will be extremely difficult to wake up while you are in this phase.
During the REM stage of sleep, your muscles are actually partially paralyzed to prevent you from injuring yourself. Your breathing, eye movement and heart rate accelerate and your brain waves become more active. This is the period where most of our dreams occur and if you wake up during REM sleep, you are likely to remember them.
Your body doesn’t cycle through these phases just once; they cycle through them several times a night, though not in order. Your deep sleep phases are stages three and four, and they’re the ones that electromagnetic radiation is most likely to affect the most.
What is Electromagnetic Radiation?
We live in a modern world full of technological gadgets and electric appliances, and every single one of them puts off at least a small amount of radiation. The more we study this radiation, the stronger the link between it and health problems. The problem is that everything is emitting on different frequencies.
Think of it as radio stations overlapping – the frequencies are different, and all you hear is noise. Since our bodies run on a specific frequency, being exposed to others has a potential impact on our health. Just how much depends on the level of the frequency.
Low-frequency EMF and extremely low EMF (ELF) radiations that are emitted by common electronics such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, laptops, tablets, vacuum cleaners, TVs, etc. are non-iodizing, so they don’t damage your cells.
High frequency EMF radiation is iodizing and can definitely cause health problems, even at the DNA level. The most prevalent source is UV light, which comes from sunshine, black lights, and lights used to set gel nails. There are other examples, but those are the most common.
Regardless of the level, your house is overflowing constantly with competing sources of EMF radiation that can interfere with your own frequency.
The Connection between Electromagnetic Radiation and Sleep Problems
It isn’t until the last several years that researchers began to focus on the very real effects of electromagnetic radiation on our health and our environment. The findings are disturbing, because there’s literally no way to avoid them. Cell phones, microwaves, TVs, lamps, toasters, computers – even the sun and the very Earth itself emit EMR.
Sleep problems are one of the ways that EMRs have been found to affect our health. It makes sense, really, considering our brains operate on electromagnetic waves.
The Earth’s EMR frequency is very similar to that of the human body; it’s probably no coincidence considering that we are made to be in tune to our environment. The UV rays of the sun, and those emitted from gel lamps and other UV light are issues, though. Other sources include cell phones and cell phone bases.
Another source of EMR that disrupts sleep is the blue light emitted from cell phones, tablets, e-readers, TVs, computer screens and other electronic devices. They reduce the amount of melatonin that your brain produces to induce sleep. Many newer devices come with a blue-light filter, but not all of them. You can help eliminate this by turning on the filter, or eliminating sources of this light from your sleeping area, and avoiding them a couple of hours before bedtime.
That’s not all, though. There are several papers to back up sleep disruptions caused by electromagnetic waves that differ from our own. In 2007, a paper by Amy Worthington pointed out that chronic or long-term exposure EMR exposure can cause tissue death in the brain, along with muscle tremors, lung damage, aches in the bones, and even paralysis.
Another paper by Andrew Goldsworthy in 2012 discusses this, too. Among many other symptoms, EMR emitted from low-level sources such as cell phone bases disrupts the adrenal glands and can cause excess production of cortisol and adrenalin, which disrupts sleep.
These two papers are among many others; if you’d like, research a bit yourself; you’ll find plenty of resources that site the same conclusions.
The Biological Effects of Poor Quality Sleep
One fact that’s absolutely indisputable is that we need sufficient amounts of good quality sleep in order to function properly and be healthy.
You’ve likely had a few sleepless nights, whether from working late, being out with friends, or even losing sleep because of stress or illness. You were probably sluggish and had a hard time focusing. You likely weren’t alert enough to drive safely, and your memory wasn’t as sharp as usual. And that’s just from ONE night of sleeping poorly.
Effects of chronic sleep problems exacerbate all of these problems and start to wreak havoc on your entire body. Your immune system will be compromised, your brain won’t function properly, your hormone glands such as your thyroid and adrenal glands, which control everything from stress to weight control will be out of whack, and depression and other mood disorders become a serious concern. It even effects the secretion of collagen and elastin, the substances that keep your skin elastic and young-looking.
There’s no way around it: your body requires quality sleep. If you’re already experiencing some of these symptoms, you might want to evaluate how well you’re really sleeping.
How to Promote Healthy and Deep Sleep: using Vital Protect Home
Some EMR sources simply can’t be eliminated, so what can you do to protect yourself and help you get the sleep that you so desperately need? The only thing that you can do is counteract the waves that are on a different frequency than your own.
There are both personal devices and whole-house devices such as the Vital Protect Home (available here) that work to do this by emitting a 7.83 Hz frequency that’s the same as the Earth’s natural frequency to help counteract the harmful radiation in your house. This can protect you and help you get reconnected to the Earth’s natural and beneficial energies so that you can get the rest that you need to be healthy and vitalized.
You may also want to read: The most effective method to protect yourself against electromagnetic radiation
Author: Theresa Crouse
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