Brain fog isn’t just the price you pay for binge-watching your favorite show into the wee hours of the morning. Lack of mental clarity before morning coffee also may be traced to the trusty cellphone that’s kept by your bed. Electromagnetic fields emitted by cellphones block the electrical impulses that brain cells use to communicate. New research from Switzerland indicates that cellphone radiation can cut memory recall by 22 percent, and the damage doesn’t stop there.
Frequent exposure was found by Swiss researchers on other studies to increase anxiety, fatigue, and headaches by as much as 38 percent.
Scientists studied almost 700 Swiss teens in a test of the type of memory that helps us recall abstract symbols and shapes. Teens’ scores in the figural memory tests were almost the same from one year to the next. But those teens who were exposed to higher levels of radiation scored a little worse after one year. Researchers caution that radiation could vary by length of call, positioning phones closer to the ear and even the type of network signal. But they say test results suggest that EMF absorption by the brain is responsible for memory loss.
FDA says move away from the phone.
EMFs also increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can trigger brain fog and sleep problems. They also damage cells by creating unstable molecules.
Swiss researchers who conducted the study emphasize that their findings are preliminary, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers advice for people who want to reduce their radiation exposure from phones. The FDA recommends using the phone’s speaker or a headset to keep the actual phone away from your ear; and spend less time on your cellphone.
Experts say radiation decreases very, very fast as you move further away from the device. Here’s how to break out of your brain fog and regain energy.
Sit back and turn off.
Proximity to the TV means you’re exposed to higher levels of EMFs. Experts advise sitting at least six feet away from the screen because your exposure falls off dramatically the farther away you are.
Plug routers, smart TVs, laptops and other Wi-Fi devices into power strips so that you can cut their electricity and reduce EMFs. You must turn off the power strip if you want to completely reduce EMFs.
Use LED bulbs in your lamps instead of fluorescent bulbs. LEDs may cost more, but they typically produce far fewer EMF’s than compact fluorescent bulbs and they last up to three times longer.
Move your bed.
Place your phone at least six feet from your bed and set it on airplane mode to blunt the device’s ability to send and receive electromagnet signals. EMFs get in the way of your body producing the hormone melatonin, which helps give restorative sleep that allows the brain to clear out toxins. Melatonin also produces antioxidant action that defends cells against EMF damage.
Move your bed so that your head is three feet away from any electrical outlets you are using. Outlets also impair the production of melatonin, and outlets in use produce stronger electrical fields than vacant ones.
Download your map before you leave home.
You’re in the car and you want directions to the nearest Starbucks. Instead of routing directions through Bluetooth devices, fall back on your speakerphone. Your phone will be producing more EMFs as it strains to get a signal through the car’s metal, but the Bluetooth will be emitting even more EMFs.
Rely for directions on a map you’ve downloaded before leaving on your trip. While you’re at home and connected to Wi-Fi, use Google Maps to look up your route. Download the map by selecting the menu, then Offline Maps, then Custom Maps. You’ll be able to get audible driving directions in the car with your phone on airplane mode. This is also helpful when you go out of the country and don’t want to pay extra cellular fees.