Nowadays most people sleep in a room that is lit up like a Christmas tree.

The alarm clock shows the time in bright red. The cell phone is charging.
The Computer is still running!! (not chez moi!) The DVD clock is
flickering 12:00. 12 12 12 ..The answering machine has more lights than R2D2. Are
people so afraid of the dark that they prefer this many night lights? Each
and every energy source takes a small toll on the sleep pattern of people
nearby, bombarding them with various forms of radiation as they sleep. The
following are some devices to be wary of:

      * Alarm Clock

      Red LEDs interrupt sleep more than other types. For this reason it is
best to not have any electric alarm clock near the bed. Try to find an
old-fashioned one that requires winding and has actual bells on top, or move
it to the next room. Or a batt operated BIG WALL CLOCK, round like a melon.

      * Cell Phone Charger

      While cell phones can be turned off at night, the charger often has
some light indicating power and perhaps another showing the battery level.
Some beep when they are done charging. It is best to charge phones in the
kitchen or someplace other than the bedroom. Note that most cell phones are
always on and one must actually remove the battery to be sure they are not

      * Cordless Phone and Base

      While cell phones have had a lot of bad press regarding their causing
brain tumors, few have noted that cordless phones can be equally dangerous.
The main culprit is not actually the handset but the base itself, which acts
like a mini cell phone tower, blasting radiation 24/7. The worst part is,
the base is often kept right next to the bed. It should be moved to another
room, or better yet replaced with an old-fashioned corded phone.

      * Computer Fan

      Computer fans start out quiet on new computers but become increasingly
loud, eventually failing and causing the computer to overheat, whereby the
computer will perform even more slow and erratic than if you installed
Vista. If you can hear the fan, it needs to be cleaned. Important: power
down and disconnect all power cords before opening the box. Actually unplug
the three pronged cords in the back. Open the computer (press tabs may be on
the top and bottom). The fan likely inside has a cowl cover that opens on a
hinge to expose the fan. The fan has a power plug and plugs into the circuit
board. Unplug it, and remove the fan. Use a wire brush to clean it from both
sides. Vacuum out the cowl cover or use pressurized gas. Brush the back of
the computer, especially the vents. Avoid breathing the dust.

      * Speakers, Amplifier

      Speakers normally have a separate power supply and light, and they can
make a loud humming noise on their own, particularly if the volume is up
high. These should be turned off along with the computer. If you can, plug
all computer related devices into one surge protector and turn the whole
strip off at night.

      * TV, Radio, DVD, Video Game Console, iPod, Laptop, PDA, Blackberry

      You may be used to falling asleep with certain devices on. DVD players
often play automatically, looping on the menu screen while playing the
maddening 12 second theatrical sound byte over and over. It is best to power
down any devices in your room.

      * AC Maintenance

      If the compressor or condenser in your AC starts going, it will be
quite loud at times, making a loud noise for long durations. Sometimes a
tune-up or gas charge will quiet the unit, otherwise certain parts should be
replaced. Apartment complexes are notorious for having loud AC units outside
but they normally fix them if you report the bad unit.

      * Local Power Lines

      It is best to avoid living close to main power lines and/or power
substations. If you fall within their shadow or are within earshot you are
too close.

      If humans could see the electromagnetic sources around them they would
know they are being bombarded with various types of radiation constantly.
Radio waves, cell phone towers, WiFi cable, power lines, transformers, and
electronic devices in our homes all contribute small and large amounts of
energy constantly. This has only been the case for the last 50-100 years.

      Most of these devices are frivolous as humans can survive in the
wilderness with only about 7 items including sipping straw, digging stick,
cutting blade, water canteen, fishing line, throwing spear and flint stone.
People assume that modern devices make their lives so much easier, but any
advantage they gain toward higher productivity only translates to higher
corporate profits, and they trade away intuitive connections with nature
that are essential for survival. Meanwhile work hours continue to increase
while hunter gatherers only worked a three or four day week, spending the
rest of their time socializing.

      While people tend to get used to being surrounded by electronics,
things certainly feel a lot quieter when the power in the neighborhood is
out. Turning off devices can't hurt, and one can certainly sleep better
knowing that their electric bill will be lower next month.

      About the author
      Neil McLaughlin is a computer scientist specializing in 3d graphics
and simulation. He can be reached at naturalnews461 (at) yahoo (dot) com.