April 3, 2018
I tried to put some sleep information on this article on ES – ‘Why Bedroom EMFs are the Worst – What you Can Do’, also titled in-article as ‘Where Is The Place You Absolutely Must Start If You Want To Protect Yourself From Electromagnetic Fields?’. However, the comment submission failed so I am pasting the information here. Much of this is probably repeated information for many, but some points could help newer people.
Other EMF/related things that can help with sleep:
As many circuits nearby your sleep room should be turned off as possible, and if a body voltage meter does not work properly for you (can be faulty on 2nd floor and higher) your body may be sensitive enough to tell if turning certain circuits on/off is better/worse; that said re-test every now and then, since your body’s initial feeling results may be inaccurate.
If you can’t turn off your circuit breaker completely (neighbors refuse to turn off circuit breaker or cannot communicate with them), try 1-2:
1. Electric field shielding grounded via outlet or metal water pipes may work, so long as building’s grounding is correct – other articles online about this method.
2. Blocking the electric fields: cardboard shielding and other non-conductive electrical insulators of high dielectric strength / breakdown voltage (rubber, paper, wax paper) can be placed against walls with live wires to reduce some of electric fields from a neighboring room, or one below you. Cardboard can also somewhat shield electric fields from ungrounded lamps (can tape cardboard to lamp) or other plugged-in electric devices. Careful with any conductive shielding materials (including aluminum foil and mylar for radiofrequency) as any presence of live circuits/electric fields+current can amplify around conductive shielding, even with only small percentages of conductive materials.
3. With the same idea, wool, silk, or acrylic sheets/blankets may provide some electric field blockage as well, versus polyester, cotton, and polyurethane foam sheets/blankets which I have tested as both worse.
4. Metal in a room near live wires, such as a metal bed frame/boxsprings, may easily carry electric fields/current to a bed/sleeping area – cardboard/others can be used again as shielding.
4.5: Cell Tower proximity – antennasearch.com and similar sites can identify the exact location of cell towers and antennas to your home – if you look at nearby antennas, look to see if they are ‘microwave’ structures (versus mobile-private, etc), are on high tower structures (i.e. 100-200 feet), and emit a large output of power – any of those 3 and you should consider buying a radiofrequency meter such as one of Cornet’s to test levels before haphazardly shielding.
5. Melatonin with various vitamins, such as Natrol’s Melatonin with B6 or Emergen-C’s Melatonin can assist sleep in 30-60 minutes and will wear off in about 5 hours at 3mg. Other OTC sleep drugs are more likley to remain in your system the next day (Valerian root, Doxylamine Succinate, Diphenylhydramine, Herbal concoctions, and even Melatonin Time Release). Mercola has recently recommended Magnesium Threonate as a possible EMF damage reducer, see his work on Voltage Gated Calcium Channels for more detail.
6. Noise – good quality cheap earplugs, perhaps even with flanges to stay in the ears. White noise machines will spread electric fields/current through a room, unless, according to my tests, you are on the 1st floor (2nd floor and above, perhaps of some buildings, do not ground electricity immediately/correctly).
7. Light – blackout curtains, or around door frames/windows with similar solutions. Also sleep masks, although even the most gentle, expensive ones have been known to slide around or irritate the face.
8. Wakeup – wakeup lights will also disperse electric fields+current into rooms while plugged in (same as any other plugged in device), which can affect sleep. Try shining a blue light (flashlight) at a ceiling or neighboring wall in the morning and look at that (don’t look directly at light source, blinding), and your brain will wake progressively.
9. Ethernet cables/similar – can be overlooked when unplugging devices or turning off circuit breaker, but can still emit electric fields and disrupt sleep.
10. Temperature (cool better), Lack of water pressure on bladder, Orange wraparound glasses/goggles for 2hours before bedtime, Adequate back/shoulder supports (electrical insulator materials may be required near electric fields, same as sheets).
11. Nearby CFL Lights/Dirty Electricity – in an apartment setting or similar, neighbors using dirty electricity generating things can affect sleep – offer to buy them replacements that don’t produce DE – you can also ask to give as a gift, then buy ethernet cords/splitters for neighbors, who are using WiFi.
12. Wood beds, futons, cots, and even sleeping on top of a layer of flat cardboard boxes on the floor (in an electric free environment), if you cannot bring a mattress into an apartment, are probably better options than continuing to sleep on a metal frame/boxsprings.
April 3, 2018
Few more points, thought them up last few days, again highly likely to be repeated information for some:
1. If you can’t shield a window from a cell tower for cost or other reasons, just orienting your bed and work desk out of the direct line through the window will reduce your exposure to the radiofrequency waves by 5-10 times, although the entering radiation will still bounce around the room and come to you to some degree at lower levels.
2. Naked – may help to sleep naked, many clothes seem to irritate my sleep, whether it be conduction of electric fields in air (experimenting has pointed to this as the case), heat trapping, or clothing material irritating the skin.
3. Don’t sleep with your head to the North – Sadhguru claims sleeping with your head to the north could pool iron in it to some degree at night, instead he recommends east, south, west (in that order) but never north.
4. Metal Objects in room (such as bedframe) – if a metal bedframe is near an ungrounded electric appliance (i.e. standing ground lamp) then the metal may conduct some electric currents – make sure your work desk during the day (when lamp is on and plugged in, since you need it to be) is NOT touching the metal bed, separated by at least an inch, so as not to conduct current all the way to you. Again cardboard can be placed between your desk and bed (in that situation) or under your desk Chair and Feet if the electric fields/current from the ceiling lights below you are coming up. Do not put cardboard completely under a desk that may be conducting electricity (say a laptop on top of it turned on) since that will prevent the electricity from grounding into the floor and thus build up, and effect the body moreso.
5. If you have a nearby (same wall) neighbor whose circuit breaker is turned on, putting your bed/sleeping furniture on the opposite wall may not be the best location if on a higher floor of a multifloor building – try moving the bed from location to location and see which gives the calmest sleep; mine works best in a spot furthest away from the center of the room but still with the feet near a neighbor whose circuit breaker is on – perhaps more electric fields come up from the light fixtures than through the neighbor’s wall.
April 21, 2017
I was looking at ways to reduce emfs, I may have most covered! But I stumbled upon a site that sells Neutralizers. Apartment EMF Protection, up to 900 sq.ft. for $4700 for the Regular item and $2905 for the Basic item.
If you want to purchase individually: $300 for “protection from below” for the regular item. $800 for protection from above. $3600 for Side Protection *Less for the Basic items.
You can build the items for different sizes – homes, apartments, single rooms. I was a bit confused at the information given.
This was copied from the site: Explained below: Set of Neutralizers provides total defense against any Cel-Towers, Antennas or other EMFs from surrounding your house, apartment or other facility space.
Seems like a HUGE expense and doesn’t say WHAT or HOW the thing works. Or, how one can PROVE it is functioning.
I believe it is a company in Canada MicroAlpha.
Is this for real??
August 17, 2014
Hi Sams, I would be wary of any of these gadgets. There is info on the main site about chips, diodes and neutralisers – well worth a look. My experience has been similar – none of the ones I’ve tried make enough difference to genuinely ‘protect’ from EMFs found in the normal environment.Some of them have made me feel really ill. There’s a slightly different take here, which sums up my feelings
These devices obviously do not offer real ‘protection’. What they may do is help the body cope with the onslaught of environmental EMFs.
Some of them put out their own EMFs – more man-made esmog which the body has to cope with. Who decides these are beneficial and on what basis?
Have any of these gadgets had any kind of long-term safety testing? Or has the testing been the same as cellphones – ie none pre-market?
Trust your body and its response
Only buy if there is a money-back guarantee.
At least one of the top scientists has written about phone stickers, and reckons they are all scams (https://betweenrockandhardplac…..-are-scam/). It would seem reasonable to ask similar questions about other forms of ‘neutralisers’.
Sorry if this sounds negative – as always the best approach is to try it and see, with an open mind. Do let us know if you find something which is genuinely helpful.
April 3, 2018
Further Additions to the above methodologies, which I am not sure if have been made into popular articles or are on the web somewhere where the average person can see it.
1. An additional word on Ungrounded Lamps (used with extension cord when circuit breaker for room shut off) on Floors 2+ (and maybe Floor 1/Ground floor) – it’s best to keep your work desk (and sleep bed/etc) as far away from them as possible.
2. And if there is Anything Conductive between the lamp and your work desk (i.e. metal bedframe) NOT to let the conductive thing touch your desk, especially if its other side is close to the lamp (or any other electric device on in your room plugged-in by extension cord) since it will conduct the electricity into your desk and thus you as you work, inflaming your body and disrupting your ability to think clearly. Most people. lacking electrical sensitivity, will not realize their decline in work quality for subtle electrical exposures like these.
3. Again, Flat Cardboard Boxes can be used to attempt to shield electric fields anywhere – I have taped pieces of cardboard to my lamp facing me, which reduce (I can feel) the emitting fields. I have also placed large flat cardboard boxes in 2 places blocking my lamp’s emissions towards my desk and body – I noticed reductions in my body’s irritation for all additions I made. My body voltage meter shows my lamp emits electric fields for 7+ feet, although my trifield electric meter shows electric fields only a few inches away from any part of the lamp – thus I assume most people using electric or trifield meters (perhaps only cheaper ones) to measure electric fields will believe electric devices are only harmful to have a few inches from themselves, whereas they really need to be concerned for ~7+ feet for big devices such as standing lamps.
4. I’d like to add that as a result of this Cardboard Shielding and distance/care with regards to my plugged-in lamp, I have taken my electric field exposure down to such a level (circuit breaker for room is already turned off) that I have next to no irritation in my sensitive body while using my laptop on battery power. Failure to reduce these electric field exposures that the masses are unaware of will disrupt clear thinking, stress the body and weaken the immune system, and are actually I believe, the cause of today’s modern day video gaming/tv-watching/distraction-seeking epidemic – unaware of high electric field exposure, yet subconsciously in pain and disembodiment, most people (souls) are almost compelled to play video games or distract themselves while using plugged-in computers emitting high electric fields and conducting significant current/body voltage into people.
I can personally testify to this claim – I used to play video games 16 hours a day for years straight when I did not have to work, but when I started working and applied these methods to reduce my electric field exposure, I became able to work ALL the time I have been using/touching my laptop. I now work 14-17 hours days (at a computer) with no buildup, permanent irritation, or inflammation of my body with these electric field/current reductions (and a shift of diet, lifestyle toxins, decision to work all the time, use of other methods for high performance, etc), and I claim REDUCING THESE ELECTRIC FIELDS/CURRENT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY STEP.
April 3, 2018
Big Green Electrical Boxes (~5x5x5 feet) – Another concern for people may be green electrical boxes near their house or sleeping area, and potential electric field exposure. I have measured 3 of these with my Cornet ED88T meter and old style AM radio, and there are no dangerous fields for more than a few inches from these boxes, EXCEPT FOR 2 FEET away for magnetic fields. Thus, they are not a worry for homeowners, unless you sleep within 2 feet of one through a wall.
April 3, 2018
Body Voltage while Sleeping:
1. Circuit breaker for sleeping room and as many surrounding rooms as possible should be turned off, and more precise choices could be made with a body voltage meter and repeat testing, so long as the body voltage meter is plugged into a true/correctly grounded outlet (probably guaranteed on ground floor, but not guaranteed 2+).
2. No Appliances Plugged Into Any Live Outlets – if you use a lamp or other appliance corded outside your room to a different room’s outlet (with that room’s circuit breaker still on at night), unplug these appliances before going to sleep, or the electric fields/current emitting from the appliance at night (still emits even though appliance off) will worsen your sleep quality.
3. No Conductive Paths To Your ‘Bed’ Structure (could be a wood cot) or even nearby items – Since neighbor on the other side of my sleeping room’s wall leaves their circuit breaker on 24/7, the electric fields/current emitting from their live wires comes across the walls and floors of my room, such that if I were to create a path from wall or floor to my bed – which is completely electrically insulated from the floor by rubber risers and foam sleeping pad squares (cut from main pad) – i.e. a pillow touching the wall or falling onto the floor but leaning on my bed, then the pillow would create a Conductive Path such that the infecting electricity from my neighbor’s wiring would route into my bed, increasing my body voltage and significantly disrupting sleep. Thus I take extreme care not to have or accidentally create any Conductive Paths to my bed before I go to sleep or while I am sleeping (pillow/sheets falling off bed).
***There should also be no Conductive Paths to items nearby your bed. I sleep in an electrically insulating faraday cage structure made of flat cardboard boxes to reduce any incoming electric field emissions through the air (and air is nearly a vacuum, and has very low dielectric strength / low electric field insulation) -> if I touch my rectangular faraday cage structure to a wall (which has some electric current from my neighbor’s wiring), its ‘body voltage’ becomes increased and those fields emit onto my bed and my body while I am sleeping, increasing my body voltage and worsening sleep.
Very subtle and a small adjustment, but do not let nearby items (such as this faraday cage structure made of flat cardboard boxes and pvc pipes (pvc pipe surface must be covered completely to eliminate offgassing of dangerous VOCs over time, I taped thick paper onto mine)) touch surfaces with electrical current or there will likely be a transference of some voltage to you while sleeping.
I also note I never let the faraday cage structure touch my bed (wood cot) as it already has some low voltage going through it, and I even put rubber rises / cut foam padding under the pvc pipe bottoms to prevent any current coming up from the floor into the pipes/structure, which would emit onto my bed.
A lot of information to assimilate, but my sleep is incredibly peaceful – I have an electrically sensitive body and I experience virtually NO irritation or inflammation from body voltage buildup while I am in the bed, awake or sleeping, when I follow all steps and setup the environment perfectly (other steps in my other posts). And this has been done in a multi-person apartment living setting with neighbors with live circuit breakers (one next to me and one below me).
April 3, 2018
Re-Pasting an old post I made on a different account, weeks before I started this Large List. It has some more useful information I discovered as a result of experimenting with my living situation, information that was not explicitly flushed out in the above lists.
1. I live in an apartment and cannot turn off the circuit breaker to a neighboring room or the room under me, both affecting my sleep and work space (my room’s CB is off). To counteract the electric fields from my neighbor’s circuit breaker I am experimenting with using cardboard shielding and wax paper, due to the high dielectric strength / breakdown voltage of each (good cheap electric field insulators) which have made my sleep and work more peaceful – a good recommendation for others. Notably I am not certain putting cardboard under my desk is helpful since my laptop’s electricity cannot ground fully (only use laptop on battery power, outlet/metalpipes on multifloor building higher floors when grounded amplify e-fields), although having cardboard under my chair and feet are noticeably better since they reduce the electricity from the ceiling light / wiring under me. I have the Cornet ED88T Trifield meter but it does not detect any e-fields when my body can feel the current/e-fields, and my body voltage meter does not work properly on floors 2+.
2. I sleep on a wood cot, but the voltage from the floor below is such that the wood conducts electricity – I am using rubber squares/risers on all 6 feet which significantly reduce the amount of current that comes into the cot from the floor; I also have 2 layers of cardboard covering my floor which noticeably help sleep too (body is sensitive to almost any current). I have also experimented with insulating bed sheets, and find that acrylic (wool-like) blanket reduces electric current/fields I feel in the cot a decent amount, and a plastic tarp and foam sleeping pad on top of the cot help a little. Polyester sheets/comforters are hard to tell, perhaps slightly worse, and cotton sheets/comforters are noticeably worse (conduct electric current/fields).
3. I have a metal bed frame / bed springs in close proximity to my work/sleep area that I cannot remove that conducts and emits electric fields to some degree while I am working (since room CB off and using lamp from bathroom outlet for lighting), and am experimenting with cardboard/wax paper blocking the bed to reduce electric fields. I have found that taping cardboard to the side of my ungrounded lamp facing me does reduce the electric fields I feel coming off of it (cannot ground since 2nd floor and higher of building have improper grounding outlets / metal water pipes under sink, have tested and they amplify e-fields when grounding).
4. Perhaps grounding of my building is improper or this is the case for all multi-floor buildings, but I tested residual electric fields and their ability to ground on multiple floors and found that all floors 2+ electricity does not fully ground and builds up in my body to a slight degree (perhaps since circuit breaker on in under-floor ceiling lights below) but on the 1st floor electricity grounds and I can feel the reduction in body voltage / residual electric current/fields in my body. Also my body voltage meter only works on the 1st floor of my building, all other floors give a faulty 0.000’d out reading or near it, due to bad outlet grounding or too much electricity on the grounding outlet.
5. Using SwissShield New Daylite to shield from a nearby cell tower on my window, which I can feel a noticeable disturbance about 0-5 feet away from shielding – probably since CB wires of neighbor run 1-2 feet away from shielding – have moved desk 5 feet+ away and put blackout curtain over shielding, seem to help.
6. Created 3-5 faraday cages of aluminum foil and mylar sheeting when I believed the nearby cell tower was the cause of my insomnia, and nearly killed myself twice with amplified e-fields, until I realized the electric current and fields were the real insomnia cause/killer. Many fools in the EMF community are recommending these methods since RF can be measured easily but e-fields seem to allude my meter and likely others; proper warning needs to be given to such metallic shielding, which I see is in at least one place on your site.
7. Most valuable information I have for life in general I have all learned from the Divine Truth organization, which is run by a couple – A.J. Miller and Mary Luck – who claim to be Jesus and Mary from the bible/1st century, and claim they were in the spirit world (higher dimensions of universe) for last 2000 years and reincarnated to emphasize with the current human condition and teach the deeper secrets of life/universe. If you listen intently to their material for 30 minutes or so (any of it, although they have 1000s of hours of videos on youtube (all be them obscure from mainstream), you will be able to tell for yourself whether it is true. I spent 7 years studying all spirituality on the internet, all the big names and organizations, smaller most loving ones, and obscure ones, in every sector and differential of spirituality, and I can claim that Divine Truth is exceedingly the most valuable. They are the only people in spirituality to fully claim reincarnation is bullshit (aside from Spiritualism / Ethel Rowe), that we’re in a universe with a loving God whose love we can receive, and that this is the first life for all of us (minus themselves and a few other reincarnated people), a nursery (earth life) as seen by God / higher spirits, that lets us become self-aware, self-conscious, and learn to use our free will, before we go to the higher dimensions/spirit world and live more directly through our spirit bodies. Again, 30 minutes or so and if you listen you will be able to tell. Thank you for the great site.
April 3, 2018
Got a differing perspective on cardboard and wax paper shielding (#2 on first list) from an EMF expert. “Cardboard and wax paper do not shield any fields at all – equivalent to air in dielectric constant and conductivity. Single layer of alum foil is enough to shield all e-fields. And also all Rf, both e and m fields, but only above 100 MHz.”
It is possible that the cardboard I have surrounded my bed with are helping to shield some of the radiofrequency waves from a nearby cell tower, which is why I experience a reduction in irritation/inflammation while trying to sleep with them in place.
I now sleep cocooned in Swiss Shield Daylite radiofrequency shielding fabric since this further reduces the irritation I feel, which would be from the cell tower’s RF still coming through the wall. I cannot put the shielding on the wall or in a faraday cage style since that causes the shielding to radiate some amount of e-fields/current, so I keep one sheet flat under me on my bed and another above me while I sleep (careful to keep nose from getting covered, since microdust fibers from production have made me sick before – I double washed the fabric to clean those off).
April 3, 2018
EDIT 6/17/18: I was led to believe it was the dielectric strength, not dielectric constant, that was important with regards to cardboard, although I don’t know. I have removed wax paper from the original list because it did not seem to help, but several layers of cardboard definitely reduced the e-fields coming from my neighbor’s live wires.
EDIT 6/21/18: Got additional information from the EMF expert: In addition, shielding effectiveness of foil or any metal is dependent on the way it surrounds the source and how close it is to the source. In general, shielding is sometimes rendered almost ineffective if any signal-carrying wires go thru or around it without proper filtering, and if seams are not properly sealed electrically. This is a very huge and extremely complex subject – even most electrical engineers are not expert on this subject. Every situation is different. Amateurish shielding attempts rarely work. I cannot help further. There are consultant EE’s who specialize in this, the subject is called EMC (Electro-Magnetic Compliance) and their emphasis is not on EHS. I doubt that any of them will take you on (you won’t be able to communicate with them without having an EE degree yourself) and it would be expensive:
February 25, 2019
After reading the side effects of electromagnetic waves I really got tensed. What can we do to get rid of it? I really did not know its harmful effect on our body. What a solution? Your sleep methods and ideas amazing but what another way to get rid of these waves? Is there any mattresses and pillows are available to protect us from electromagnetic waves?