Do You Need to Be Protecting Yourself from Cell Phone Radiation?

What You Should Know About Your Cell Phone

Do You Need to Be Protecting Yourself from Cell Phone Radiation?

Many people use their cell phone throughout the day without giving it much thought. However, even though it may seem harmless, cell phones may put out emissions that could prove harmful to you and your family. While not all of the effects of cell phone radiation may be particularly dangerous, there are some smaller ways in which this kind of radiation can have an impact on your health. If you aren't aware of what cell phone radiation may potentially do, here are a few ways in which it may be effecting you on a daily basis.

What Is Cell Phone Radiation?

A cell phone works by emitting signals through radio waves, which are comprised of radio-frequency energy. When in use, a cell phone will typically emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation. The main concern about this radiation is that when a cell phone is held close to the head, the radiation may affect the brain. While there is some debate on how exactly the radiation does this, and precisely how much it may affect it, there is some information to support the thought that extensive cell phone use may have negative effects on health, and that seeking cell phone radiation protection may be beneficial.

Altered Sleep Patterns and Mood

One of the potential effects of too much cell phone use can be altered sleep patterns. While it may not be completely clear how this occurs, there are some studies that suggest that cell phone radiation can alter brain waves and potentially alter sleep patterns, leading to less and poorer quality sleep. Along with possibly affecting your ability to sleep well, cell phone radiation may alter your mood and your ability to focus, too. These changes in mood may come in the form of experiencing a depressed mood, or mood swings. When it comes to focus, it may shorten the attention span, making it more difficult to focus on one thing for an extended period of time.

Cancer Risk

While there has been some debate about whether or not there really is a serious cancer risk with regular cell phone use, there is some evidence to support the idea that there may be a higher risk of developing brain tumors for those who spend several hours or more on their cell phones. While most people may not spend quite that much time on their cell phone, there is still a possibility that shorter periods of cell phone use may carry some risk as well.

What You Can Do

One of the simplest ways to try and avoid some of these risks is to cut down on the time you spend on your cell phone. Also, it may be helpful to try to use your cell phone less when the signal is low, as the radiation may be stronger when it is. Additionally, trying to avoid full physical contact with your may be helpful, as well as switching the ear you use while talking. Texting more frequently, and using a headset or the speakerphone are other ways that you can try to cut down on cell phone use. However, that may not always be a practical solution for everyone. In this case, there are screen protectors and cases for cell phones that are designed to help cut down on radiation.

The Bottom Line

Cell phones emit small amounts of electromagnetic radiation, and while it may not be an issue in small amounts, as people continue to use their cell phones for longer and longer periods of time, it may prove to have some negative effects on their health. However, this does not mean that you have to stop using your phone altogether, because there can be ways to mitigate this risk and potentially make it safer to use your cell phone.

So, whether your phone is practically attached to your hand, or you barely use it, being aware of its potential health effects and how to avoid them could prove beneficial for you and your family in the long run.

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