We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, so the steps we take to make our bedrooms a safe, calming, and healthy place is extremely important. If you’ve read my post on How To Eliminate EMFs In The Bedroom, you know how much radiation your cell phone produces even while you’re sleeping. However, most people don’t understand that even a simple alarm clock does produce EMF radiation, and with its close proximity to the head can cause damage over time. In this article, I help you understand EMF radiation, and find a good low EMF alarm clock.
I just want to quickly say that if you’re worried about EMF radiation, take just a second and look at Nicolas Pineault’s The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs. It is an entertaining and super helpful E-book that covers everything you’d ever want to know about EMF radiation.
How EMF Radiation From An Alarm Clock Affects Our Sleep
EMF radiation causes a variety of serious health problems from prolonged exposure, but I want to talk mostly about how it affects our sleep. One of the primary reasons that EMF radiation from something like an alarm clock near your head effects our sleep was discovered in a recent study.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University studied how the body is affected by electromagnetic radiation while we sleep. The studied was able to prove that EMF radiation inhibits the bodies ability to properly produce melatonin, which as you probably know is our bodies hormone that regulates sleep.
The reason this happens is that the pineal gland where the melatonin is created interprets the radiation as light and doesn’t want to allow you to sleep.
This is why the EMF radiation from something simple like an alarm clock can still impact our quality of sleep.
When our quality of sleep is impaired, along with the EMF radiation being absorbed into our body, also frequently produces symptoms such as:
- Skin irritation
- Memory problems
If you wake up feeling any of these, and can’t identify other issues that may be causing them, you should make sure that you reduce the amount of EMF radiation in your bedroom. For this, I would check out this post, as well as ensuring you are not sleeping anywhere near your cell phone, and also moving away EMF producing devices like alarm clocks.
Which Alarm Clock Has Lower EMF Radiation – Battery Operated Or Plugged In?
This is a tough one to answer because there isn’t much information available on the exact EMF radiation output of various alarm clocks. From my own experience, and from what I was available to find online, it seems that battery operated alarm clocks emit slightly less radiation than clocks that are plugged in.
Both types of alarm clocks emit approximately 10 mG of radiation up to 3-5 feet away. Remember that the inverse-square law of physics tells us that as we double our distance from a source of radiation, we quarter our exposure to it. Bottom line, proximity to sources of radiation is one of the primary factors determining how damaging it can be.
If you don’t want to give up your current alarm clock, at least move it to the other side of the room. First of all, you’ll reduce the majority of the radiation you are exposed to from it, but it will also help you to wake up, as you’ll have to walk across the room to snooze it!
Note: Remember that sleeping next to your cell phone is FAR worse than sleeping next to your alarm clock, so make sure you check out my post on EMFs in the bedroom to read more about all the ways you can make your bedroom a safe place to sleep.
How To Measure EMF Radiation From Alarm Clock
When you’re starting your journey to lower EMF exposure in your life, absolutely the most important tool you can get is a quality EMF meter. My absolute favorite, and the meter I use most often, is the new TriField TF2 (read my review) as it’s simple to use, lasts forever, is extremely accurate, and measures all three types of EMF radiation. If you’re looking for a low-cost EMF meter I really like the Meterk (read my review). You can use your EMF meter to find out both the kind and the amount, of EMF radiation coming from various devices around your home.
No matter what you are trying to do to lower exposure, whether it’s getting your cellphone out of your bedroom, to trying to reduce dirty electricity, you’ll need an EMF meter to know how much of an impact your changes are making.
When it comes to measuring the radiation from your alarm clock, it should be pretty simple. Lay down on the bed where you normally would, and measure the amount of radiation at your head and at your chest.
Then move the alarm clock to the other side of the room, and take the same two measurements. The difference should be the amount of radiation you’re reducing.
Any amount of radiation that you can reduce in the bedroom will dramatically improve your sleep, and overall health.
If you just need to have an alarm clock in your room, consider getting one that doesn’t produce any EMF radiation. My recommendation would be this wind-up alarm clock from Amazon. It is very inexpensive and will produce no radiation whatsoever. Just remember to wind it up real quick before going to sleep, should only take a few seconds.
Final Thoughts about Low/No EMF Alarm Clocks
There are many important things we can do to lower our overall exposure to EMF radiation, such as limiting our use of cell phones and tablets, changing how we use computers and WiFI, and so much more. For this, check out the multitude of articles in the Knowledge section.
However, making simple, inexpensive changes like swapping our digital battery powered alarm clock, for wind up no EMF alarm clock like this one is just another box we can check in our overall plan to be healthier and safer.
Finally, I’ll just say that other than gleaning knowledge from the many articles here at EMF Academy, the two other things I’d really implore you to do, would get a quality EMF meter, and pick up Nicolas Pineault’s book “Non-Tinfoil Guide To EMFs”. I have yet to find a better, more entertaining, and helpful book about the dangers of EMF radiation than this book.
I truly hope you enjoyed my brief guide about EMF radiation from alarm clocks, if you did please consider sharing!