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Did you know that 40% of all Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night? Sleep experts recommend getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to maintain optimal health, and to avoid common health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and more.
As you sleep, your body literally heals and repairs itself on a cellular level. Ever hear people joke about beauty sleep? In reality, beauty sleep is very legit, and improves collagen production and circulation to leave your skin and complexion looking fresh, youthful, and flawless.
Individuals who lack sleep on a regular basis are often at higher risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Plus, sleep helps your body produce ample amounts of melatonin — a sleep hormone and antioxidant that fights inflammation and reduces your risk for cancer.
If you’re having problems sleeping at night, take a close look at your sleeping environment before making any other drastic lifestyle changes. It’s possible your bed is the culprit behind your sleepless nights.
Today, I’d like to specifically discuss the health risks associated with sleeping on a metal bed frame. Mattresses and bed frames made from metal or that contain metal parts can increase your exposure to electrical pollution, or electromagnetic fields (EMF). Exposure to EMF can disrupt a good night’s sleep, and increase your risk for multiple health problems.
Health risks associated with EMF
Scientists and healthcare experts have found that metal bed frames and metal box springs inside mattresses have the ability to amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, leading to disruption of sleep and one or more health problems.
Sleeping in a high-EMF environment can lead to symptoms such as:
- Muscle cramps and aches
If you’ve ever woken up feeling more tired than well rested, it’s possible your bed or bed frame is interfering with a peaceful night’s sleep.
Switching out your metal bed frame
For the last year, I’ve been waking up every day feeling sore, achy, tired, and irritable. It usually takes me between 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep at night. I exercise six days a week, practice good nutrition, avoid alcohol, and don’t take prescription drugs that could interfere with my ability to sleep. After ruling out all potential causes as to why I couldn’t sleep, I finally figured out why I was having sleeping problems.
It turns out that metal bed frames act like antennas to attract and amplify any radiation in your bedroom — disrupting sleep hygiene and increasing the risk for health problems. Considering my bed frame is made ENTIRELY out of metal, I broke down the frame and removed it from my home the same day. That night’s sleep was the first peaceful night’s sleep I had had since buying the blasted thing, and I’m already back to feeling more alert and energetic than usual.
If you’re a person who’s stumbled across this blog article with hopes of resolving your sleeping problems, I genuinely hope you try replacing your current mattress or bed frame with a wood or bamboo bed frame. It worked for me, and I hope it works for you, too!