Finally! A study that supports what some of us have been saying for years – that metal springs in mattresses act as wave-guides and amplify EMF’s from television and FM signals.
…the length of a bed is half the wavelength of FM and TV transmissions that have been broadcasting since the late 1940s. In Japan most beds are not made of metal, and the TV broadcast system does not use the 87- to 108-megahertz frequency used in Western countries.
Thus, as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. Asleep on these antennas, our bodies are exposed to the amplified electromagnetic radiation for a third of our life spans. As we slumber on a metal coil-spring mattress, a wave of electromagnetic radiation envelops our bodies so that the maximum strength of the field develops 75 centimeters above the mattress in the middle of our bodies. When sleeping on the right side, the body’s left side will thereby be exposed to field strength about twice as strong as what the right side absorbs.
I always test for EM fields and microwave density levels during a consultation, and over the years I’ve tested many beds using professional EMF and microwave meters. I have frequently found increased levels and ‘hot spots’ over the springs of the mattress – not just TV and FM signals as mentioned in this report, but also with Wi-Fi, cellphone masts and DECT cordless phones too. Often the levels are considerably above what is considered to be ‘safe’ levels for exposure under normal conditions.
In certain situations the springs can also distort and amplify the natural geomagnetic field, with similar effects. Roy Riggs has done some interesting test work on this with a magnetometer, using a mattress positioned over a known geological fault (see a summary of this on The Geomancy Group site). The jury may still be out from the scientific viewpoint, but in the world of the geomancer the empirical evidence is starting to stack up pretty convincingly that metal-sprung beds and mattresses are not good for your health.
The article is already generating lots of backlash if you read through the comments; there are accusations of ‘bad science’, ‘quackery’ and so forth. OK sure, more studies are needed, and more studies will continue to be done on this and the other detrimental effects of EMF exposure that we are all experiencing in the modern age. But, as we are looking at the effects of long-term exposure to non-ionising levels of EMFs here, these studies are going to be ongoing for many years, and some of us are not willing to be the human guinea-pigs in what is surely the largest long-term experiment in human history.
Personally, I’d rather not take the risk. That’s why I don’t have a sprung mattress, and why I advise my clients to get rid of theirs.
The only UK supplier of completely organic mattresses that do not contain metal and are naturally fire-retardant without the use of noxious chemicals is Abaca Organic, whose mattresses are made from natural latex and wool. They are highly recommended not only for their lack of springs, but also for their hypoallergenic qualities. The Latex Ramsey is the range to look for. Mention that you heard about them here on Western Geomancy!