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A study suggests that using a mobile phone before going to bed could cause insomnia, headaches and confusion. It can also cut your amount of deep sleep, interfering with your body’s ability to refresh itself.

35 men and 36 women were exposed either to radiation equivalent to that received when using a mobile phone, or given “sham” exposure as an experimental control. The ones who were actually exposed to radiation took longer to enter the deeper stages of sleep, and spent less time in the deepest one.

The study strongly suggests that mobile phone use is associated with specific changes in the areas of the brain responsible for activating and coordinating the stress system.

The radiation may also disrupt production of the hormone melatonin, which controls your body’s internal rhythms.

There is much that can interfere with your sleep, including coffee, sugar, too much light in the room, stress, etc.

Herbs that help improve sleep onset and staying asleep include Zizyphys,  Hops, Chamomile, Passion flower, Lemon balm, Valerian and Skullcap.

Other modalities for insomnia include vitamin and mineral supplements, Emotional Freedom Technique, Biomesotherapy and meditation.