Cell Towers May Affect Your Sleep Pattern
From The Townsend Letter 5/11 Cell Phone Towers: The 3 a.m. Alarm Clock by Conrad LeBeau
Today, millions of Americans in cities awaken around 3 in the morning and then
struggle to get back to sleep. As the number of devices (cell phones, iPods,
GPS, Wi-Fi, smart meters, wireless broadband for laptop computers, etc.) that
emit microwave radiation has increased in the past 10 years, so has the number
of Americans who suffer from sleep interruptions. According to the National
Sleep Foundation, the percent of people who are not satisfied with the quality
of their sleep has increased from 15% of the population (43 million) in 2002 to
40% (120 million) in 2009. In addition, there has been a proportional increase
in the number of people using prescription drugs for insomnia. Marching in step
with both these numbers has been a steady and proportional increase in the
number of cell phone towers and antennas and devices that use wireless
technology based on high-frequency microwave radiation.
Today we have over 100,000 cell phone relay towers in the US and 2 million
antennas.The increasing level of electromagnetic pollution has caused the
nation's health to spiral downward. It is like watching a train wreck in slow
motion; no one seems to be able to stop it. Too many people are in denial that
any problem exists at all. Most public discussion has been limited to cell
phones and how long it takes for them to give you a brain tumor, but the
sleeping giant of all health problems from this technology is itself sleep
interruptions. The number of adults developing high blood pressure due to sleep
interruptions is increasing by about 500,000 every month. The percent of adults
with hypertension is moving on a fast track from 1 in 3 to half the population.
Like a volcano building up pressure leading to an eruption, tens of thousands
of strokes and heart attacks will soon follow, if not already under way. I have
written a book, Insomnia, Fatigue and Cell-Phone Towers, in an attempt to
awaken the public to the perils of electromagnetic pollution from microwave
radiation and provide a number of solutions. The following interview with
Beverly from Las Vegas is excerpted from the book and shows the depth of the
problem as well as the denial of the problem that grows worse by the hour.
Beverly moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1993. While in
Salt Lake City, she stated that she had no problem getting to sleep or staying
asleep at night. She also vacationed in the Himalayas, where high altitude
notoriously causes light sleep, and there she says she "slept like a baby." Her
problems with sleep interruption began in 1993 shortly after she arrived in Las
Vegas. "Before the move I was always one of those people blessed with good,
Her new home in Las Vegas was a lovely, gardenlike subdivision close to the
airport about 1 mile away. She said that cell phone towers were already being
installed in Las Vegas in high locations in 1993. She doesn't think that the
cell phone towers going up at that time were the immediate source of microwave
radiation that interrupted her sleep. She thinks that the radio towers at the
airport that directed airplane traffic in and out of the increasingly busy Las
Vegas terminal were the primary culprit. When she'd vacation in the mountains
in Utah, she'd sleep normally again. She thought that maybe it was just stress.
Beverly said that the sleep interruptions have gotten worse over the years. Las
Vegas has been America's fastest-growing city, at 10% compound growth per year.
By then new cell phone towers and high-rise buildings were going up all over
the valley, while the airport got much busier too, with about 40 million
visitors annually. Around 2001 or 2002, Bev got a cell phone, and over time her
use of it increased.
Conrad: When did you first notice that your sleep patterns were changing?
Bev: Previously, I would be tired at 9 or 10, get into bed, and then not be able to
go to sleep until 1 or 2 (interestingly, now that I know it was after the
airport closed at night). In the last five years or so, I would frequently wake
up from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. I would be wide-awake and unable to get back to sleep
because my mind was active. I'd be pacing around the house or doing tasks that
should be done in daytime. Several hours later, I would feel exhausted and doze
off for a few brief hours. It was all just very erratic, except that over the
years my sleep got worse. I kept thinking, what's changed, what's wrong with
Conrad: About 5 years ago when the sleep quality really got bad, how did you
feel when you woke up?
Bev: Well, I was OK for a couple of hours. Then I would start making personal and
business phone calls on my cell phone, and by mid-morning, I had brain fog.
Conrad: What do you mean by "brain fog"?
Bev: I found it hard to concentrate on what I was doing. It was difficult to focus,
to prioritize; sometimes even to think or balance the checkbook was a chore. I
often felt like I needed a midmorning nap. Sometimes I could stop for a
midmorning nap, other times I had to keep going.
Conrad: Did you feel the need to take other naps during the day?
Bev: Yes, sometimes in the afternoon or again in the early evening, which would
disturb my sleep cycle even more. It was erratic, no rhyme or reason why I'd be
tired at some times of the day and not others. Now I look back and think maybe
it had to do with when I'd used my cell phone for long calls &endash; or perhaps times of increased tower activity. The thought of cell phone
towers or radiation never occurred to me. Even though I read newspapers and
watch news, I don't recall information about the subject that grabbed my
Conrad: In other words, since you couldn't get a full 8 hours sleep at night,
you got it in bits and pieces throughout the day, an hour or 2 here and there
until it probably added up to 8 hours.
Bev: Rarely eight hours. You know we just keep going. However, the sleep was not deep
enough, long enough or rejuvenating. This is how I have been living for the
past 5 or 6 years or more. I thought menopause, some hidden illness, or growing
older was the cause of my problems until I read your series of articles in the
Journal of Immunity earlier this year on the adverse health effects of cell
phone tower microwaves. I began to think about it &endash; connect dots.
Conrad: Did you go to a doctor to evaluate your problems?
Bev: Yes, and my blood tests all came out OK. The doctor did not know why my sleep
was interrupted. He recommended sleeping pills. I tried a variety of sleeping
aids and pills, but I still did not feel my sleep was refreshing. I hate to
take medications unless absolutely necessary, so I mostly just suffer
tiredness. The stress was still there.
Conrad: How about your neighbors and friends?
Bev: I live in a neighborhood in which we know one another and chat. Most of my
neighbors and friends are telling me the same thing. When I started asking
around, no one seems to have good sleep since moving to Las Vegas! And it's not
because we party and gamble, as our life beyond The Strip is very normal here.
I have one neighbor who says she sleeps like a baby &endash; interestingly, she has an aluminum roof. Others wake up at 2 or 3 a.m.
and cannot get back to sleep until 5 a.m. or so.
We often wake up at identically the same time. It not a sound or loud noise
waking us up but it is something. The times we wake up at the same identical
hour even minute will vary from day to day and week to week. I'm curious if
cell towers are nightly powered up as maintenance or something at the airport.
It's odd we often wake up at the same time. What really shocked me was plugging
my address into www.antennasearch.com. Today there are 246 towers and 384
antennas within 4 miles of my home!
Conrad comment: Possibly, this is caused by a certain threshold level of microwave radiation
generated by several cell phone calls being made at the same time of the night
by several persons in the same area or even random persons driving through the
neighborhood while talking on their cell phones. Thousands of people could be
affected by a single phone call in the middle of the night from microwave
radiation that is emitted from a cell phone tower.
When you multiply that by several dozen phone calls, you have a cumulative
effect that could jolt the central nervous system of people from a sleeping to
a waking state. This is because the body's nerve cells may detect a certain
level of radiation passing through it as an invasion or threat. That could
cause the adrenal glands to dump adrenaline and that would excite the brain
into waking us up. I think when people are jolted awake in the night; the body
is sending us a message: There is an imminent threat affecting you &endash; be aware.
Conrad: Have you tried testing your home for microwave radiation levels?
Bev: Yes. I bought an electrosmog detector that converts the invisible microwaves
into sound at varying levels depending on the quantity of radiation present. It
is kind of like using a Geiger counter used to measure nuclear radiation. I
found out there were high levels of microwaves in parts of the house. The sound
level varied with different locations in the house. Also around my microwave
oven and cordless phones. I suspect the levels may change in different parts of
my home at different hours due to tower traffic but haven't done 24-hour
Conrad: Did you try to reduce or block the microwave radiation from entering
your bedroom and what effect did this have on your quality of sleep?
Bev: I decided to do an inexpensive experiment to find out if microwave radiation
might be affecting my quality of sleep. I thought I would do that before
spending hundreds of dollars on a microwave-free zone inside my house where I
could have uninterrupted sleep - hopefully. In a conversation with you, Conrad,
we worked out the idea together. I bought two Coleman emergency blankets for
about $4 each that I found in the local sporting goods store. The emergency
blanket is lightweight and is made out of aluminized Mylar. It reflects the
body's heat back into oneself. It conducts electricity, so it would provide a
very thin metallic shield to absorb and stop the microwave radiation. I placed
the emergency blanket between a quilt and blanket above the bedsheet so it
covered most of my body except for my head but wasn't visible or on my skin.
Then I wrapped my pillow in another emergency blanket underneath the
pillowcase. The pillow makes a bit of a crackling sound but was tolerable for a
few nights as an experiment.
Conrad: The results?
Bev: A significant improvement in the quality of my sleep. I am sleeping longer hours
and with fewer interruptions. I definitely noticed an improvement. So much so
that I will now invest in special microwave-blocking netting around my bed.
Also I was recovering from a case of shingles, and I'm sure the shingles
decreased faster after I added the emergency blanket.
Conrad: Your comments jibe with those of a retired person in California, Jack
Fristoe, who told me an emergency blanket added two hours of sleep to his
nightly routine and a better quality of sleep at that. Have you done anything
Bev: Yes. I made two small changes: (a) I got a low SAR cell phone (AT&T Impression), and (b) I limit my cell phone use (I did not and do not use a
Bluetooth) and I went back to using a land line (not a cordless phone, but a
corded phone with a 20-foot line so I can walk around if need be). The side of
my head does not feel warm as it did when I had used the cell phone for an hour
or more every day. Also, I don't feel the brain fog after being on the land
line after long calls like I did when I used the cell phone. The difference I
feel is noticeable. Yet I don't feel obsessive about it. When I'm on the run, I
answer my cell phone or make a brief call if important, but mostly I let it
take a message and tell people I'll call them back when I get to my home or
office. I still do phone business and have as many pleasant personal
conversations but now make them on a land line. Just "back to basics" choices.
Using the land line has definitely made a big difference.
Conrad: Do you plan on doing anything else like having steel or aluminum roof
installed with aluminum siding and aluminum window screens to completely block
all microwave radiation from entering the house?
Bev: Not yet. That would involve spending thousands of dollars, and stucco
construction prevents aluminum siding. However, I am first planning on buying
conductive cloth and have a canopy built over my bed so my head and entire body
is protected at night from the cell phone tower microwave radiation. That alone
will cost me several hundred dollars. I want the finished design to be homey
and not tacky. I don't want a home that looks like a jail cell! Yet I will be
exploring and considering additional home modifications over time. I've learned
cell phone and tower radiation is a valid and serious concern with real and
Conrad: I understand. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Bev: Yes. First of all: thanks, Conrad. You're helping us wake up. I have friends, a
married couple with three children, who told me recently, no one in their
household can sleep normally anymore and the young wife feels inexplicably ill
and tired much of the time. They went to www.antennasearch.com and found that a
large new cell phone tower was installed 10 houses away at the same time the
wife started feeling ill. Then they borrowed my electrosmog detector and found
their cordless phones were emitting high radiation as well.
Also, more frighteningly, I have a friend Jane [pen name used for privacy
reasons], who is the wife of a neurosurgeon. Jane has used a Bluetooth device
on her ear to make cell phone calls all day. A few months ago, she developed
severe headaches during a flu; the headaches did not go away for weeks and an
MRI disclosed a brain subdural hematoma &endash;blood that hemorrhaged between her brain and her skull.
The doctors were literally shocked that someone in such perfect health would
have this happen to her. They could find no cause whatsoever. Had they known to
test weeks earlier, they would have drained the fluid off her brain in surgery.
I told her I thought the Bluetooth device might have caused this to happen. She
began to limit using the wireless Bluetooth device and her cell phone, and the
blood is now slowly draining, eliminating the need for surgery. While not yet
convinced, she has limited using the Bluetooth device. She and her husband are
investigating the possibility of cell phone radiation as causing neurological
problems, subdural hematoma, and if or where this has happened to anyone else.
Beverly can be reached at her office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conrad LeBeau can be reached at 414-329-0648. His book Insomnia, Fatigue and
Cell-Phone Towers (2010) is available online at www.lebeaubooks.com or
amazon.com. He has also written the books Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone and
Natural Remedies for Intestinal Health, a quarterly report called the Journal
of Immunity; the Immune Restoration Handbook with Mark Konlee; and other
articles published online at Keep Hope Alive on how he quit smoking, national
health care reform proposals, and numerous other proposals for economic freedom
and justice for the people.