In recent years, various collectives and associations have shown their concern about the prolonged exposure of individuals to certain types of waves and frequencies and their consequences on health …
We are hearing more and more about the phenomenon of electromagnetic sensitivity or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields, also known by the abbreviation EHS syndrome. It is a disorder which more and more people who experience symptoms after prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields suffer from and which, for the rest of the population, goes unnoticed. This disorder includes both physical and psychological symptoms including pain, headache, sleep disturbances and sometimes even convulsions and epilepsy …
However, despite the fact that this syndrome is increasingly common in society, it is still the subject of much controversy. Prolonged exposure to electromagnetic waves has not yet been scientifically demonstrated to have any negative effect on individuals. Scientists do not deny the “presumed” symptoms of electro-sensitive drugs, which sometimes handicap everyday life. On the other hand, the existence of a cause and effect between symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic networks has not yet been proven, it is the very term of electromagnetic sensitivity that is called into question.
Consequences to exposure to electromagnetic waves have nevertheless been proven in various sleep studies. In summary, there is a relationship between radiofrequency exposures and sleep disturbances. Studies have shown that a large part of these radio frequencies come from mobile phones: these devices generate waves which affect the quality of sleep, the electrical activity of the brain (electroencephalogram) and the heart rate.
Mobile phones are not the only cause of the waves emitted: many devices are involved in this phenomenon, including telephone relay antennas.
Mobile telephony is enabled by the communications of the devices by radio waves emitted through fixed relay antennas also known as the base station. For many years now, many people have been concerned about the waves emitted by this kind of base station, especially if they are located near residential areas due to the risk of prolonged exposure. In fact, different regional bodies are now imposing standards for new installations.
Some tips to avoid the negative effects of electromagnetism on your sleep:
- Keep your communications devices away (phones, tablets, computers) before sleeping and overnight;
- During the day, encourage the use of hands-free kits or earphones;
- Prefer email and calls over the internet rather than communications over the traditional network;
- Opt for smartphone-type devices using the Internet, the waves of which have a lesser impact than those passing only through the cable network;
- Invest in protective fabrics (curtains, clothing, etc.) to block the waves.
After discovering the negative impacts of waves on sleep, many companies saw it as an opportunity to develop market niches: anti-wave clothing, specialized paint, alternatives to electromagnetic devices, etc.
Among these innovations, IP telephony has proven to be a very good alternative to traditional telephony, minimizing wave emissions.
IP telephony works over the Internet and therefore does not require a highly magnetically polluting base station. Being able to be used on any device with an internet connection, and not the traditional network, it has been proven that the electromagnetic fields emitted by this new technology were more than twice as weak as the fields emitted by the wired telephone system passing through base stations.
Although this new telecommunication technology also emits waves, these are minimal and they can be deactivated at any time by interrupting the internet connection…
Although EHS syndrome is not officially recognized in many countries as a disease, in 2005 WHO recognized the existence of this electrosensitivity.
Sleep disturbances caused by EHS syndrome can be associated with reduced productivity, lack of concentration and many negative impacts on daily life that can be avoided by the alternatives available on the market.