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Emily Lemerand, Writer

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People who sleep near their cell phones could be negatively affecting their health. Smartphones let off electromagnetic radiation whenever they’re on, which could potentially be dangerous. During the day, the same radiation is being let off, but the difference is that during night, phones can lead to nightmares, inability to sleep, and waking up several times.

The World Health Organization stated that electronic devices in general are bad for bodies. The only problem is that people are too attached to their cell phones to put them in another room or even across the room. Many people use their phone as an alarm in the morning, or are afraid of missing important texts or calls.

Phones have the ability to alter the human biological clock and certain cardiac rhythms. Not only that, but a teen in Texas recently reported a fire that was caused by her Samsung Galaxy S4. She woke up to a smoking smell coming from her mattress and pillow. She placed her phone under her pillow the night before and it overheated.

During the summer of 2015, Bank of America released a report that surveyed 1,000 consumers, ages 18 and above and were asked about using their smartphones in bed. A reported 71 percent of the responders claimed that they slept with or next to their phones.

Some advantages of not sleeping next to phones could include falling asleep faster, being less attached to smartphones during the day, being more alert during day hours, your safety would be protected, there would be more time available, and lastly, minds would be less cluttered.  

During the night hours, put your phone on airplane mode, disconnect it from the internet, or turn it off if your phone stays on your nightstand. To be available for calls, place the phone several feet away from your bed.  

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