5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) | Dr. Michael Van - The Science Of Optimal Human Performance

Learn How To Reduce EMF Exposure At Night To Get Better, Deeper Sleep, And Have More Energy.

But Why Is EMF Important And How Does It Relate To Sleep?

 

By now, you know that deep sleep is vital for growth hormone secretion, flushing out toxins in your brain, and repairing DNA damage.

Last week, we talked about how to fix your circadian rhythm in order to optimize your deep sleep. If you haven’t read that article yet, then check that out first, as optimizing your circadian rhythm sets the foundation to getting the BEST deep sleep as possible. The tips in the last article MUST be implemented before moving on to the additional important steps to increase deep sleep we are going to talk about here. (Click here to read the previous article)

Today we are going to talk about how to diminish electromagnetic pollution to get more deep sleep…

Watch my video now, or keep scrolling if you prefer to read the whole article…

 

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night - Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2 [2019]

 

What is EMF?

EMF’s stand for electromagnetic fields and are defined by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as “invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power.

Devices that continuously emit EMF radiation at levels that damage your mitochondria include your cellphone, cellphone towers, Wi-Fi routers and modems, baby monitors and “smart” devices of all kinds, including smart meters and smart appliances.

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

 

Why Is EMF Important And How Does It Relate To Sleep?

The potential for EMF’s to cause damage seem to step from the production of excessive harmful free-radicals that damage your mitochondria, the organelles in your cells that produce energy.

Admittedly, more research needs to be done to find out the exact mechanisms of this, but we do already have solid research showing the harm.

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

Studies have shown that some people are very sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, a condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity or EHS. People with EHS tend to be middle age and of the female sex. People with previous head injuries and exposure to neurotoxic chemicals like mold are also at risk.

While it’s true not everyone has EHS, this is where it gets scary: several studies have shown that EMF exposure is associated with poor sleep quality.[1][2]

This includes EMF exposure at night from wireless networks and cell phones.

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

EMF’s from cell phones and Wi-Fi seem to negatively impact the quality of sleep instead of actual sleep duration.[3]

In fact, it looks like EMF’s cause an increase in the more high-frequency beta and gamma waves that are associated with light sleep, and decrease the restorative deep sleep slow delta waves.

While it is basically impossible to avoid all EMF in today’s modern society and not everyone responds the same to EMF’s, it can still disrupt your sleep quality and damage your mitochondria.

Therefore, seeking practical ways to limit it just makes sense from a pure health standpoint.

 

5 Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure

 

1. Turn off Wi-Fi/WLAN routers at night

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

 

2. Place cell phones in airplane mode at night

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

 

 

3. Make sure Bluetooth devices, like Oura rings, are put in airplane mode or turned off

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

 

4. Grounding

Grounding is where you place your bare feet on the actual earth’s natural surface, like dirt, grass, and sand. When this occurs, the negative electrons form the earth get absorbed through your feet, analogous to taking a handful of antioxidants. This is especially effective when the ground is humid or wet, as it speeds up the transfer of negative ions from the earth to the body.

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

EMF exposure activates your sympathetic nervous system. When you ground to the Earth, you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, improving your stress balance.

Connecting with the Earth may act as a shield to prevent EMF’s from creating disturbances within the body. As stated in the 2012 review [4], “The Earth’s potential thus becomes the ‘working agent that cancels, reduces, or pushes away electric fields from the body.”

 

Quick Tip: Use a Grounding Mat

To take advantage of grounding indoors, your best bet is to use a grounding pad to sleep or stand barefoot on. This allows you to access Earth’s healing energy from home, helping to reverse the potentially negative health consequences caused by EMF’s.

5 Ways To Reduce EMF Exposure at Night (Deep Sleep Optimization, Part 2) - Dr. Michael Van (Michael VanDerschelden)

Grounding has a lot more benefits, but that is another topic for a different day.

 

5. Near Infra-Red Saunas

Near-infrared light therapy stimulates your mitochondria to release nitric oxide and boost ATP production. Together, this can help promote DNA repair and cellular regeneration to help reduce the effects of accumulated EMF exposure.

 

Summary

Diminishing EMF pollution to get more deep sleep with the above tips will be a huge step in optimizing your deep sleep. This will help your body and brain remove toxic free radicals, that can be especially problematic for many people.

By now, I’m sure that you understand how reducing exposure to EMF radiation will be another huge step in optimizing your deep sleep.

This will help you get better, deeper sleep, and as you know this will give more energy during the day.

And in my next articles of the series we will explore what you can do to optimize your sleep environment, to get the highest-quality deep sleep ever.

Stay tuned!

 

References:
1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bem.10103
2. http://www.beperkdestraling.org/images/stories/Wetenschap/Slaap/Exposure_to_pulsed_highfrequency_EMF_during_waking_affects_human_sleep_EEG_08_2000.pdf
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207748/
4. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/291541/

 

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