It's a commuter's nightmare - sitting down on thebus or train only to discover that your phone batteryhas hit the red. How will you check those allimportant emails now? Or post that amusing Tweetyou just thought of?
A simple solution might be to charge your phoneovernight, so it's ready to go when you are, but asit turns out, this might not be the best idea. Expertshave warned that sleeping by a charging phone could in fact be bad for us. According to DavidGale, of Gale & Snowden, an eco-architecture firm, our nervous system operates on verylow voltage electricity.
"Our brains use electricity to send messages to our muscles. For some people the man-madealternating current that powers our homes can interfere with these processes," he said. Forthis reason, some people may find it difficult to sleep near a charging phone or other electricitem, reports MailOnline.
It's also important not to place a charging phone on your bed or under your pillows while yousleep, as this can pose a major fire risk. This is because the battery heats up while the phone isplugged in and sometimes it can get so hot it catches fire.
According to Dominic Littlewood, a consumer affairs expert, you should instead try placing yourphone in a saucer while it charges. "That way, if gets hot at least the saucer isn't going to catchalight. It's going to protect you a little bit," he said.
However there aren't only risks to yourself that need to be considered. Charging your phoneovernight can also cause damage to your phone. Experts at PC Advisor don't recommendcharging your battery to 100 percent. Their website says: "It won't be fatal to your battery ifyou do a full recharge - most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies."
"But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery's lifespan." The message is clear- charging your phone overnight just isn't worth the hassle, so you might as well enjoy a goodnight's sleep instead.
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