Is your cell phone zapping you while you sleep?


That man I posted about yesterday who sleeps with his iPod and cellphone under his pillow – it’s worse than I thought. It turns out he sleeps with them plugged into the mains and recharging too!

I don’t know what type of cell phone he uses, but here are some meter readings for a cell phone that has reasonably low output compared to some that are available. The readings were taken with the phone on standby, as it would be under his pillow each night, constantly polling for signals.

The microwave meter photo shows a peak reading of 6.0 volts per meter. The level at which health problems can start is above 0.5 volts per meter, or even 0.05 volts per meter in people who are electrosensitive. So he’s subjecting himself to at least 12 times what’s considered to be a safe level.

The electric field meter below shows a reading of 74 volts per meter after the phone has been plugged into the mains. Most people can comfortably tolerate 10 volts per meter, although 5 volts per meter is ideal. 74 volts per meter, night after night, will make it difficult for him to wake up in the morning, and if he continues to do this for years, can lead to serious health problems.

Electric field meter

What to do

The thing is, this is easily remedied. All he needs to do is plug his iPod and phone in well away from his bed, meaning not on his bedside table but on the other side of his room, or better still, in another room. If he really wants to keep the phone turned on all night to receive calls and messages, providing his bed is not between his bedroom window and where he plugs in his phone, that should be fine too, although I would never do this myself.

When visiting client’s homes to do consultations, I’m continually amazed by how many people recharge their cell phones right next to their head on their bedside table. When I bring out my meters and show them how much they’re zapping themselves in their sleep, they often unplug the recharger then and there and move it. Usually within a week or so I receive an “OMG” message to say that they’re sleeping so much better and waking up feeling full of energy rather than having to drag themselves out of bed every morning. After years of sleeping in an electromagnetic smog, it comes as a huge surprise to them to discover what ‘normal’ waking up can be like.

And where can you get one of these meters if you want to check this for yourself? I recommend those manufactured by EMFields. I’ve had my EmFields pro meter for over 20 years and it’s still going strong. I never go travelling without it. It’s not the cheapest around, but it certainly is the most accurate and reliable I’ve found.

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5 Responses to Is your cell phone zapping you while you sleep?

  1. Hi, Guys

    Just to let you know, if you turn off some mobile phones at night, they still log onto the mobile masts. So the ideal place is outside the bedroom. And even better turn it off!

    Make sure you have no dect phone, as well as turn the wifi off. You will sleep!!!

    More info can be found on

    If wireless radiation has no ill effects then how come?

    Electro-Sensitivity (ES)
    Electro-sensitive people suffer from a variety of symptoms in close vicinity to electromagnetic fields, Wi-fi, mobiles, DECT phones, baby monitors, certain light sources etc: Headaches, Speech problems, dizziness, chest palpations, tinnitus, pressure in the ears. sweating at night. skin irritations, pins and needles in the hands in the mornings, short-term memory loss, nauseas, joint aches and pressures at the back of the head as well as in the sinus or forehead area.

    Even if you are not ES yet, it is beneficial to turn off your Wifi over night, as well as to ban electrical items, your cordless phones and mobiles from your bedroom. You will sleep much better and are less likely to have an interrupted sleep pattern. Usually waking around 4 am.

    Another simple test is to stop carrying your mobile on your body (chest or trouser pockets). in many cases people experience the so-called “phantom text messages”. This describes a situation where every now and then you think you had a text message, when keeping the phone in your pockets, but when you checked there was no message. Some even suffer from heart palpitations. If that is case, just try for a while to carry your mobile in a bag or switch it off, while you have it in your pocket. ( Phone Logging onto mast )

    If you want to find out more: (Canadian website) (Canadian website) (Swedish website)

  2. Does turning off the cellphone stop it from emitting signals? Or is it still communication with the cell towers even when turned off?

    Regarding not having the bed between the phone and the window, I think the signals from the phone is most intense on the side of the phone where the antennas in the phone are and that it doesn’t matter how it is placed in relation to the cell tower. This may be a good idea to check out for someone who’s still using a cell phone.

    1. Hi Anna,

      Turning off some cellphones does stop them emitting signals, but to achieve this with a smartphone you have to open the back and remove the battery too.

      Indoors it’s best to use your phone near the window and make sure it is between your body and the window. This advice comes from Powerwatch, an independent organization at the leading edge of the UK Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Radiation health debate. The same advice would apply if a cellphone is kept turned on all night while recharging.

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