Ironically, your laptop should never be placed on your lap. When you place your laptop on your lap, you put yourself at risk of radiation from harmful electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). There are several products that are designed to create a table on your lap to help eliminate the dangers, but none can compare with the convenience, comfort, and portability of the Table-Mate®. Continue reading today’s post to learn about five dangers you risk from placing your laptop on your lap, and shop online at Table-Mate for all of your portable table tray needs.
1. It Can Harm Your Reproductive Organs
If you work online for your job, then your laptop can seem like a fairly innocent piece of equipment — you use it when you’re working, and put it away when you’re done. The truth, however, might cause you some alarm. The wireless internet signals (microwaves) and EMFs that your laptop receives, coupled with its proximity to your reproductive system, could pose a risk to sperm count or egg release.
In fact, there has been research that indicates that holding a laptop near the testes causes damage to the DNA of sperm cells, and negatively impacts fertility. Keeping your laptop on your lap while connected to the internet could result in a decrease in fertility for men.
2. It Can Cause Neck and Back Pain
Many people who work on their laptops tend to hunch over, which can cause pain in the neck and back. Instead of working on your lap, place your laptop on a table or counter so that it is held upright and steady. Additionally, if you work from home, you could invest in a standing desk, which has been shown to help improve posture and reduce neck and back pain.
3. It Can Cause Sleeping Problems
One of the worst things you can do is to work on your laptop while you’re in bed. The artificial light from your screen can actually suppress your body’s release of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps you feel drowsy and fall asleep. Instead of working on your laptop before bed, switch to a book, magazine, or newspaper.
4. It Can Lead to Pregnancy Issues
As we mentioned earlier, placing a laptop on your lap can cause fertility issues with your sperm count if you are a male. Women also face some health risks from placing a laptop on their laps. If you are trying to get pregnant, then your laptop could be making it more difficult for you to conceive. If you have already conceived, and continue to use your laptop on your lap, the EMF radiation can create problems for your baby, such as congenital and developmental problems.
5. It Can Burn Your Skin
Depending on the amount of time that you spend reading, studying, and playing games on your laptop, you could be at risk for developing something known as toasted skin syndrome or erythema ab igne. It develops as skin is exposed to long-term heat such as laptops and car seat warmers. The syndrome is generally harmless and usually resolves on its own, but it can cause permanent skin discoloration.
The solution to avoiding these dangers? Order a portable table tray from Table-Mate! We offer a variety of tables to work for people of all ages, including children. Be sure to browse online to compare our tables and order the ones that you need. Never put your laptop on your lap again with the convenience of a Table-Mate tray table!