Speaking with the lady who helps me organise my social media, the lovely Natalie of Bo Tree Marketing, about the pros and cons of accessing emails while on holiday, it struck me that the whole point of my approach to healthy living and creating Wellness Homes (now a recognised term in the USA), is the importance of giving ourselves time to truly switch off. This is vitally important, not only at night, when we wish to sleep, but also for more extended periods of time when we go on holiday.
How can we expect to be able to recharge our batteries by letting go of our normal everyday stresses if we are constantly checking our phones for messages, emails and even world news? When I was young, the thing I liked best about being on holiday was when I’d lost track of what day of the week it was – an indication, I now realise, that I’d really started to unwind. Nowadays, even that small luxury is hardly ever possible or even, it seems, deemed permissible. Our gadgets which were originally intended to save us time have resulted in our being ‘on call’ 24/7, with the result that we are often unable to unwind into the deep levels of relaxation needed for restorative sleep when we need to.
Another potential stumbling block to restful sleep that I have experienced in recent years is the prevalence of Wi-Fi in public areas and hotels. I have often endured a restless, or even sleepless night for no obvious reason and discovered afterwards that there was a Wi-Fi router in operation in the area near to or below my bedroom. When it was subsequently switched off or unplugged at night, the problem was solved.
This may seem illogical to many people because few are aware that, for many years now there has been growing concern about the effect exposure to Wi-Fi can have on those living and working around it. Arising from this concern, there has been considerable research done to assess the effects of electromagnetic radiation which is emitted from wireless internet routers. Michael Bevington, in his book Electromagnetic Sensitivity and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, lists over 1,800 studies which have been carried out on this subject. Wi-Fi is so prevalent nowadays it can be difficult to avoid, as stated in the Daily Mail online recently “The number of wifi hotspots is set to rise to 21 million next year, and there are more mobile phone contracts than people.”
Watch this documentary on Schumann Resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health below
All the reports written following this research have shown that serious health problems can arise from using Wi-Fi such as:
Contributes to the development of Insomnia
• Those exposed to the electromagnetic radiation had a significantly more difficult time falling asleep and changes in brainwave patterns were observed.
• The development of depression and hypertension has also been linked to inadequate sleep.
Damaging to Childhood Development
• Exposure to Wi-Fi can disrupt normal cellular development, especially foetal development, thus increasing the risk of developmental issues.
Derails Brain Function
• Reduces brain activity.
• Tests have shown that radiation from Wi-Fi routers seriously affects concentration.
Reduces Brain Activity in Females
• Tests have shown that just a 45 minute exposure to Wi-Fi can affect memory and energy levels in women.
• Initially it was thought that only heat generated by laptops killed sperm. Research has now shown that exposure to Wi-Fi frequencies has a negative effect on sperm, reducing sperm movement and causing DNA fragmentation.
May Impact Fertility
• Following tests, there is a suggestion also that wireless frequencies may prevent egg implantation.
Provokes Cardiac Stress
• Studies have shown that exposure to wireless networks increase the heart rate – similar to the heart rate of an individual under stress.
Linked to Cancer
• Human studies are rare, but plenty of animal models indicate that exposure to electromagnetic radiation increases the risk of tumour development.
My advice to help protect yourself is -
• Turn off your router at night when at home (and if possible use one that is directly connected through wires or, better still, via the electrical system of the building). If staying in a hotel, ask them to do so if they are willing to or otherwise to place you in a room as far from it as possible. You’d be surprised how amenable some hotel owners are to this – or maybe they were just too polite to tell me that they thought I was completely mad! At any rate, they need to become aware that this is an increasing issue for their guests.
• Turn off all mobile phones every night and do not have any mobiles in the bedroom at night, even if switched off. When on holiday, aim to keep it switched off all the time, only checking it briefly every few days if you are expecting an important message. Things that seem important at home, somehow recede into insignificance when you’re sipping mulled wine by a log fire or paddling your toes at the edge of the Indian ocean – most things can wait until you’re back.
• Keep yourself ‘earthed’ as much as possible, especially while sleeping, by means of magnetic or other similar products – or use a Helios device, which uses a natural frequency technology to create a resonance of 7 – 12 Hz, known as the Schumann resonance. This resonance is compatible with the brain’s alpha brainwaves and therefore conducive to restorative sleep.
Last but not least, have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful, fun yet restful break, in preparation for a healthy and prosperous New Year!
N.B. The offices of Soothing Spaces will be ‘switching off’ after Friday December 13th until Monday January 5th 2015. We’ll be checking emails periodically during this period and can still be contacted by emailing email@example.com