Cell Phone Users Beware: Bedside Chatter Could Be Endangering Your Health

In today's on the go society, the cell phone could be your life-line.  But a new study suggests that time-saver may be taking away your good night's sleep.

"I'm wondering if that's part of the reason why I'm not getting adequate amounts of sleep," said Sylvia Lee.  Lee said she thought the pressures of her job and other things contributed to her unrest.  "It just may be tied to my cell phone," she said.

Research slated for publication by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported radiation from using our handy-dandy cell phones just before bed has now been linked to decreases in essential stages of deep-sleep.

"Deep-sleep is what we call stages three and four sleep, which is characterized by the production of some of our body hormones and chemicals," said Dr. Rhagu Ghuge.  He said those hormones and chemicals refresh the body from it's daily wear and tear.   "If you don't get enough deep-sleep, you're going to feel tired, you're going to feel sleepy," he said.  He also said body repair functions will not occur so muscles may become sore , decreasing body strength.

But that's not all, disruptions in deep-sleep caused by cell phone radiation was shown to cause insomnia, trigger mood swings, impair concentration, and cause ADHD symptoms in children.

John Moore said he already suffers from sleep apnea.  But now, aside from using his sleep mask, he said he'll be taking some extra precautions.  "It certainly makes me want to go down and get a speaker system for my cell phone."

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com