A new report could make you think twice about using your smartphone as an alarm clock or keeping it within easy reach while you sleep.
Smartphone users are being warned to keep their smartphones at a distance in order to reduce radiation exposure.
The warning has been issued by health officials in California which highlighted studies that claims radiofrequency (RF) signals could be linked to a number of health issues, including memory loss, cancer, sleep deprivation and low sperm count.
The three page document says:
“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith
“We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”
The notices comes after other cities in the United States, including San Francisco, issued warning to citizens that advised them to keep distance between their smartphones and their bodies.
Previous research into radiofrequency (RF) energy, which is used by smartphones to transmit information, found minimal potential health impact. However, new research has claimed that the frequent close range use smartphones is enough to put many people at risk.
In fact, the risk is enough that Apple now includes a warning about RF exposure within iPhone settings.
Some of the tips issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to reduce RF exposure include:
- Keeping the phone away from the body
- Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
- Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
- Removing headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.