In nearly every household I visit, broadband Internet connections stay “always-on,” keeping one online at all times. Most residential network owners often leave their router, broadband modem and other computer equipment powered up and operating, even when they are not using it for long periods of time.I am not one of these people, I close down the computer when I have finished but had been in the habit of leaving the Wi-Fi switched on.Then I read an article about the detrimental effects to health of Wi-Fi ; though I was unable to set up a new computer system I thought it wouldn’t take much to at least switch it off at night.I am convinced that since I have been doing this we have all slept better. Sceptics could say, and do, that this is purely psychosomatic but actually there is evidence that this could be the case.
Virtually every person I meet complains of feeling tired much of the time.It is true that most have incredibly busy lives and few get eight hours of good uninterrupted sleep but could there be more to it than that? According to a study entitled “The Effects of 884 MHz Wireless Communication Signals on Self-reported Symptoms and Sleep…,”there most definitely could. The study showed that participants who tried to sleep an hour after radio wave exposure had a harder time falling asleep. “Both stage 3 and stage 4 sleep were also cut short after Wi-Fi exposure compared to those who were exposed to sham, or false radio waves. The difference between the placebo exposure and real exposure proved revealing. Participants exposed to Wi-Fi or similar wireless radio waves reported more headaches than those who were not.”
Of course it is now near enough impossible to live a Wi-Fi free existence. I would like to get rid of it from the house but visitors often come in and use their Smartphones fully expecting a connection. Because the government are very much pro this new technology, installing it in schools and suggesting pupils use iPads, nobody wants to admit that a we could be creating a health disaster for future generations. An open letter by British medical doctors, published in July of this year, urged caution:”Children’s health should be put ahead of convenience and commercial benefits. Children should not use mobile phones except in an emergency and Wi-Fi should be replaced with wired alternatives in schools and other settings where children spend considerable time.” Sleep disturbance is one of many symptoms which an increasing number of patients have complained of since the advent of Wi-Fi technology.
These are some ‘Wireless Facts,’ taken from a BBC Panorama documentary:
1.France has just passed a law stopping the advertising of cell phones to children
2.In Sweden EMF sensitivity (Electro-magnetic radiation) is recognized as a disability and the government will paint your house with anti-radiation paint if you need it.
3.If only one person in school in Sweden complains of the negative effects of EMF radiation from WIFI, it will be turned off and investigated.
4.Switzerland, Italy, Russia, China and other countries have exposure limits THOUSANDS of times lower than in other countries such as the UK.
5.In Salzburg (Austria) the government advises against WIFI in schools altogether.”
It certainly makes you think and wonder why Great Britain is one of the only countries in Europe prepared to ignore the dangers of Wi-Fi.And whether cynical about this or not, it is surely worth switching off one’s Wi-Fi at night and noting any differences in sleep quality.