There are many simple things you can do to reduce exposure to EMFs and thereby optimize health. Whatever else you do try to ensure that your bedroom is free from as many EMFs overnight or while you are sleeping as possible. It is during sleep that our bodies undergo repair processes and for this to occur sleep needs to be deep and uninterrupted.
- Switch off all wireless devices (including the hub/modem) at night. Don’t have any next to the bed. If you are using a mobile phone as an alarm ensure it is switched off or in airplane mode.
- You can get the same benefits as WiFi indoors at home from a ‘home network system’. This utilises the electricity circuit of the house to transmit data. It is a more secure and healthier option but if you choose this approach ensure that the WiFi is disabled from your computer and modem. You will probably need to get this checked with a meter to be sure it is totally disabled.
- If you use an electric blanket, switch it off at the wall socket and preferably unplug it overnight.
- Try not to use a hairdryer after about 6pm.
- Mobile phones are best for emergencies only but if you choose to use one more routinely try to make fewer calls and keep them short. Use texting in preference to calls and use the phone speaker to help keep the phone away from your head.
- If you are buying a new mobile phone look for one with a low SAR (specific absorption rate) value. For more information on this see these Powerwatch guidelines.
- Try not to keep a switched on mobile in pockets or bags. If you choose to do this there are ways of screening the device from your body and its sensitive internal organs.
- Ensure bedside lamps are earthed and as far away from your head as possible.
- Try not to have cables running behind or under the bed.
- If you have a metal sprung mattress, when its due for replacement consider purchasing a natural latex one instead.
- Think twice about purchasing underwired bras; the wire acts as an antenna directing harmful radiation to sensitive breast tissue.
- If you have Bluetooth in your car it’s a good idea to disable it if you don’t need to use it routinely, especially on long journeys.
This is not an exhaustive list and is likely to grow over time, so please check back in a month or so.