By: Neil McLaughlin
(NaturalNews) Nowadays most people sleep in a room that is lit up like a Christmas tree. The alarm clock shows the time in bright red. The cell phone is charging. The Computer is still running. The DVD clock is flickering 12:00. The answering machine has more lights than R2D2. Are people so afraid of the dark that they prefer this many night lights? Each and every energy source takes a small toll on the sleep pattern of people nearby, bombarding them with various forms of radiation as they sleep. The following are some devices to be wary of:
* Alarm Clock
Red LEDs interrupt sleep more than other types. For this reason it is best to not have any electric alarm clock near the bed. Try to find an old-fashioned one that requires winding and has actual bells on top, or move it to the next room.
* Cell Phone Charger
While cell phones can be turned off at night, the charger often has some light indicating power and perhaps another showing the battery level. Some beep when they are done charging. It is best to charge phones in the kitchen or someplace other than the bedroom. Note that most cell phones are always on and one must actually remove the battery to be sure they are not transmitting.
* Cordless Phone and Base
While cell phones have had a lot of bad press regarding their causing brain tumors, few have noted that cordless phones can be equally dangerous. The main culprit is not actually the handset but the base itself, which acts like a mini cell phone tower, blasting radiation 24/7. The worst part is, the base is often kept right next to the bed. It should be moved to another room, or better yet replaced with an old-fashioned corded phone.
* Computer Fan
Computer fans start out quiet on new computers but become increasingly loud, eventually failing and causing the computer to overheat, whereby the computer will perform even more slow and erratic than if you installed Vista. If you can hear the fan, it needs to be cleaned. Important: power down and disconnect all power cords before opening the box. Actually unplug the three pronged cords in the back. Open the computer (press tabs may be on the top and bottom). The fan likely inside has a cowl cover that opens on a hinge to expose the fan. The fan has a power plug and plugs into the circuit board. Unplug it, and remove the fan. Use a wire brush to clean it from both sides. Vacuum out the cowl cover or use pressurized gas. Brush the back of the computer, especially the vents. Avoid breathing the dust.
* Speakers, Amplifier
Speakers normally have a separate power supply and light, and they can make a loud humming noise on their own, particularly if the volume is up high. These should be turned off along with the computer. If you can, plug all computer related devices into one surge protector and turn the whole strip off at night.
* TV, Radio, DVD, Video Game Console, iPod, Laptop, PDA, Blackberry
You may be used to falling asleep with certain devices on. DVD players often play automatically, looping on the menu screen while playing the maddening 12 second theatrical sound byte over and over. It is best to power down any devices in your room.
* AC Maintenance
If the compressor or condenser in your AC starts going, it will be quite loud at times, making a loud noise for long durations. Sometimes a tune-up or gas charge will quiet the unit, otherwise certain parts should be replaced. Apartment complexes are notorious for having loud AC units outside but they normally fix them if you report the bad unit.
* Local Power Lines
It is best to avoid living close to main power lines and/or power substations. If you fall within their shadow or are within earshot you are too close.
If humans could see the electromagnetic sources around them they would know they are being bombarded with various types of radiation constantly. Radio waves, cell phone towers, WiFi cable, power lines, transformers, and electronic devices in our homes all contribute small and large amounts of energy constantly. This has only been the case for the last 50-100 years.
Most of these devices are frivolous as humans can survive in the wilderness with only about 7 items including sipping straw, digging stick, cutting blade, water canteen, fishing line, throwing spear and flint stone. People assume that modern devices make their lives so much easier, but any advantage they gain toward higher productivity only translates to higher corporate profits, and they trade away intuitive connections with nature that are essential for survival. Meanwhile work hours continue to increase while hunter gatherers only worked a three or four day week, spending the rest of their time socializing.
While people tend to get used to being surrounded by electronics, things certainly feel a lot quieter when the power in the neighborhood is out. Turning off devices can’t hurt, and one can certainly sleep better knowing that their electric bill will be lower next month.
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About the author
Neil McLaughlin is a computer scientist specializing in 3d graphics and simulation. He can be reached at naturalnews461 (at) yahoo (dot) com.