Published January 20, 2008
Tortured with insomnia? Troubled by confusion? Tense from constant headaches?
You may be suffering from cell phone over-exposure.
According to a report in the British newspaper The Independent, sweeping new research has linked the radiation emitted by mobile phones to such symptoms as confusion, sleeping problems and chronic headaches.
Scientists studying 35 men and 35 women found that using the phones before bed delays and shortens the deep stages of sleep—the part of sleep that allows the brain and body to repair and rejuvenate from the day's wear and tear, The Independent reported.
In children and teens, who tend to use their phones late at night, the study found that the sleep disturbances caused by the radiation can trigger depression, mood swings, ADHD-like symptoms and personality changes, and impair concentration and academic performance.
The study, sponsored by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, an industry group representing the makers of cell phones, was conducted by scientists from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and from Wayne State University in Mich., and is considered to be the most comprehensive ever done, The Independent reported.
"The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected," scientists concluded in the study.
The study is being published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium.