Parents For Safe Technology

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy, and wise.

-Benjamin Franklin

  • Use corded connections for internet connectivity in your home.

  • Keep bedrooms free of cell phones, screens and electronics.

  • Ensure bedrooms are dark with light blocking curtains.


  • Start an “Electronic Bedtime” and stop using screens at least an hour or two before bedtime.

  • Always charge cell phones and electronics far from sleeping areas.

Healthy Sleep Tips

Wireless Radiation and Sleep

Wireless radiation impacts sleep length and quality. Sleep quality has a profound impact on learning and memory.  Research also shows that exposure to wireless radiation results in delayed entrance into deep non-REM sleep and to a decreased time spent in certain sleep stages.

This radiation also can inhibit a hormone called melatonin which regulates sleep cycles. The light from computer screens, electronics and even the steetlight outside your bedroom window also impacts our sleep quality. 

References on Wireless and Sleep

Cao H et al., Circadian rhythmicity of antioxidant markers in rats exposed to 1.8 ghz radiofrequency fields. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015 Feb 12;12(2):2071-87.

  • The overall results indicate that there may be adverse effects of radiofrequency field exposure on antioxidant function, in terms of both the daily antioxidative levels, as well as the circadian rhythmicity.

Lustenberger C et al., Stimulation of the brain with radiofrequency electromagnetic field pulses affects sleep-dependent performance improvement. Brain Stimul. 2013 Sep;6(5):805-11. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2013.01.017. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

  • "Under exposure, sleep-dependent performance improvement in the motor task was reduced compared to the sham exposure condition.  The study showed that a radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure may directly affect ongoing brain activity during sleep, and as a consequence alter sleep-dependent performance improvement."

Bengt  et al., The Effects of 884 MHz GSM Wireless Communication Signals on Self-reported Symptom and Sleep (EEG)- An Experimental Provocation Study PIERS Online Vol. 3 No. 7 2007 pp: 1148-1150

  • A prolonged latency to reach the first cycle of deep sleep (stage 3). The amount of stage 4 sleep was also decreased in exposed subjects.  Subjects reported more headaches during exposures vs. sham exposure.

Schmid et al, Sleep EEG alterations: effects of different pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields.  Sleep Res. 2012 Feb;21(1):50-8.  Apr 12.

  • “Consistent with previous findings, our results provide further evidence that pulse-modulated RF EMF alter brain physiology."

K. Mann and J. Röschke, "Effects of Pulsed High-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on Human Sleep," Neuropsychobiology 33:41-47, 1996

  • Shortening of sleep onset latency and a REM (Rapid Eye Movement) suppressive effect with reduction of duration and percentage of REM sleep.  “The effects observed possibly could be associated with alterations of memory and learning functions."

Regel Set al. Pulsed radio-frequency electromagnetic fields: dose-dependent effects on sleep, the sleep EEG and cognitive performance. J Sleep Res. 2007 Sep;16(3):253-8.

  • Showed a dose-response relationship between EMF field intensity and its effects on brain physiology as demonstrated by changes in the sleep EEG and in cognitive performance.