Apartment living can be a rewarding experience, both financially and in terms of convenience. Benefits such as lower rent, gym and pool access, doggy play yards, and not being responsible for maintenance costs are certainly desirable, but with all the upsides to renting, there are also a few downsides. Perhaps the most important one to consider is the increased exposure to potentially harmful electromagnetic frequencies.
“But what are electromagnetic frequencies?” you may ask. “And how might they affect my quality of life?” In short, an electromagnetic frequency is, according to LiveScience.com, a “form of energy that is all around us and takes many forms, such as radio waves, microwaves, X-rays, and gamma rays.” Some things that produce EMF frequencies include cell phones, wireless internet routers, laptop computers, and basically anything else that can be plugged into an outlet. In small doses, these EMFs are benign. However, when exposed to high levels of EMFs (or when low-level exposure is unrelenting), your quality of life can be severely affected. This is especially of importance to those who live in apartment buildings, because EMFs are not just coming from the devices in your apartment, but also from the devices in the apartments of everyone around you.
In an article by Prevention.com called “Is Dirty Electricity Making You Sick?,” EMF exposure is outlined as follows:
“In 2007, the Bioinitiative Working Group, an international collaboration of prestigious scientists and public health policy experts from the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and China released a 650-page report citing more than 2,000 studies (many very recent) that detail the toxic effects of EMFs from all sources. Chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones), the scientists concluded, can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments.”
Lesser (and more common) effects of EMFs include increased stress, insomnia, increased risk of minor ailments, dark circles under the eyes, increased irritability, and inflammation.
In light of these effects, it seems essential to reduce your risk of overexposure to these potentially harmful frequencies. Fear not — there are many easy and inexpensive ways to significantly reduce the electromagnetism of your apartment. In the words of the National Institute of Environmental Health Services: “It is important to remember that the strength of a magnetic field decreases dramatically with increasing distance from the source.” So the easiest way to reduce EMFs (or to eliminate them altogether) is to simply lessen your proximity to potential sources.
Here are some easy ways to lessen your daily exposure to electromagnetic frequencies in your apartment:
Unplug Electrical Devices When They’re Not in Use
Cell phone chargers actually continue to pull energy, even when they’re not plugged into a phone. So it saves both energy and money to unplug those chargers when they’re not in use. A good way to cut down on a lot of electromagnetic frequencies at once is to have your major appliances connected to a power-strip so that they can be turned off with the flick of a single switch. This is especially convenient for entertainment centers, where many electronics are plugged in at the same time.
Try “Grounding” or “Earthing” Techniques to Help Reverse Exposure
“Earthing” is a method of reversing EMFs in the body by connecting with the naturally-balanced electromagnetic field of the earth. As described in the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?: “Emerging science reveals that direct contact with the ground allows you to receive an energy infusion, compliments of Mother Earth. Think of it as “vitamin G” — G for ground. Just as the sun above creates vitamin D in your body, the ground below provides you with vitamin G, a kind of ‘electrical nutrition.’ This energy infusion is powerful stuff. It can restore and stabilize the bioelectrical circuitry that governs your physiology and organs, harmonize your basic biological rhythms, boost self-healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your sleep and feeling of calmness. When these things happen, you feel better in a big way.”
If your apartment has a grassy outdoor area, try reading a book outside with your bare feet on the ground for 20 minutes for therapeutic benefits. If your apartment doesn’t have outdoor access, indoor earthing/grounding devices provide a simple and convenient solution. Grounding mats for computers are becoming more and more popular. You can even “ground” while you sleep thanks to electrically-neutral bedsheets!
Make your Bedroom an Electrically-Neutral Zone by Removing Electronic Devices From It
Using electrical devices before bedtime has not only been shown to make falling asleep more difficult, but it has also been shown to disrupt the normal biorhythms of sleep. So keep televisions, cell phone,s and bright LED lights in the living room, and opt for a more calming atmosphere in the room where you sleep. Reading by candlelight at night is not only romantic, but it also saves energy and reduces the electrical emissions near your bed.
Turn Off Your Wi-Fi at Night and When Not In Use
Or simply eliminate Wi-Fi altogether by connecting to the internet via ethernet cable.
Avoid Bluetooth Devices If Possible
Any device that emits a signal wirelessly will produce more EMFs than a corded one.
Use the “Speaker Phone” Option on Your Cell Phone
This is a better alternative to putting the device directly against your head.
Replace Box Televisions With Flat Screen or LCD Displays
Newer, more energy-efficient televisions produce far less electromagnetic frequencies than their predecessors.