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Wake Up Call
The Scotsman
October 16, 2000

It may be tempting to lie in bed, chatting to friends on your mobile phone, but recent research shows that the electromagnetic fields emitted by the phones can disrupt your sleep pattern. According to researchers from the University of Zurich, mobile phone use affects the brains physiology, significantly increasing brain activity during early, non-rapid-eye-movement sleep.

Alexander Borbely and Peter Ackermann subjected 16 people to the type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones for a 30-minute period half an hour before they went to sleep. They noted that the increased brain activity lasted for as long as 50 minutes. Borbely and Ackermann have concluded that the mobile phones affect areas of the brain that are responsible for repetitive patterns of brain activity peculiar to non-REM sleep.