Let’s be honest; most of us are kinda obsessed with our cell phones. We feel like we’re underdressed if we don’t have it in our pocket, we feel like we’re missing out when we’re not up to date on our Instagram feed, and we even sometimes feel phantom vibrations when we think we receive a message! Because we are so attached to our phones, we like to have it by our bed when we go to sleep. This means that we can check the time if we wake up in the night, and we can wake up in the morning with a fresh need feed of social media posts. However, you might want to rethink where you keep your phone when you sleep…
You might struggle to get to sleep
You’ve probably heard this one before. Our natural circadian sleep patterns normally run on the existence of natural light in our lives. In the morning, we wake up to the sun rising, and in the evening, we go to sleep as the sun sets. Of course, it doesn’t exactly like clockwork, but the science behind it does make sense. When your eye detects light around you, your body then releases cortisol, which wakes you up. When your eye detects the fact that the light is fading, it releases melatonin, which causes you to fall asleep naturally. However, if you’re adding artificial light into the mix – like the light from your phone – this can disrupt your rhythm. If you sleep with this light by your head, you might struggle to sleep.
The health risks could be severe
Although the discussion of bodily health and cell phones is still a relatively gray area, it’s best not to take any risks when you’re asleep. It’s been noted that the electromagnetic radiation released by cell phones could be carcinogenic if this occurs for a long period of time. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also been noted that those who sleep with phones by their heads have a thinner skull, which leaves them more susceptible to damage. While the jury is still out on whether phones have a serious effect on us, it’s probably best to avoid sleeping with your phone by your side.
You could set your pillow on fire
Okay, this doesn’t happen too often, but it has happened enough times for it to pose a serious threat to those who sleep with their cell phone near their head. Although technology has come on leaps and bounds over the years, it’s still important to realize that we can’t always rely on our technology working. Many chargers and phones have blown up over the years, and this action can seriously damage anything in the vicinity. If your phone is near your head – and therefore near your pillow – it could easily set the whole thing alight and set the rest of your bed alight. If you are asleep, you might not wake up until it’s too late.
Do you sleep with your phone plugged in on your bedside table? Well, you’re not alone. Most of us keep our phones here for ease of access during the night and when we wake up. However, you might want to think about switching this up. Would it really be the end of the world if you put it on the other side of the room?