Do you sleep with your phone next to your pillow? If so, you’re not alone. According to a Pew Internet and American Life study, 87 percent of teens sleep with their cell phones near them. Even though it seems like everybody’s doing it, that doesn’t mean it’s safe! In fact, the radiation may be harmful to your health.
Believe it or not, this discovery was first made by five ninth-grade girls in Denmark. They won a science competition with their findings! What sparked the experiment? The girls were feeling extra-tired and had trouble concentrating in school days after sleeping by their phones, iVillage reports. This made them begin to wonder about the effects of radiation from their wi-fi devices.
Originally the students planned to conduct an experiment with people, but then turned to plants. They placed seeds in 12 growing trays and separated them between two locations. Six were placed in a room with two wi-fi routers (which they calculated emitted the same radiation as a cellphone), and the other half were in a room free from radiation. The results were shocking!
The seeds in the room with wi-fi routers didn’t grow at all, while the ones in the other room were green and thriving.
So what does this all mean? Sure, plants aren’t people, but the girls’ study caused professors to plan similar experiments and further test out the theory. Either way, I’d recommend not sleeping right by your phone. Plus, if you place it across the room, you’re more likely to get up to shut off your alarm than hitting snooze.
Teens creating awesome science projects is nothing new — just look at this past TeenBeing story about Harry Paul, a high school senior with Scoliosis who invented an implant to help other kids with the same diagnosis.
Did you know there’s a health and well-being magazine for teens? Subscribe to Choices for your teens and have them keep an eye out this fall for more stories about the importance of sleep. In the mean time, check out “When Sleep Becomes A Nightmare“!