We like to think of our smartphones as our forever companions 鈥 they can keep you entertained on long flights聽or even help you track down your parked car. If you鈥檙e one of those people who takes their phone absolutely everywhere (we鈥檙e talking bathroom, subway, bed 鈥斅爊o holds barred), you might want to put the screen down and reconsider.聽There鈥檚 a chance that your phone鈥檚 battery can overheat and set your bed on fire. Seriously.

If a battery is not given proper space for ventilation, it can easily overheat. It鈥檚 the same reason why you can鈥檛 keep your laptop on your knees for too long or your workplace will turn into a sauna. But when a battery is trapped under sheets, there鈥檚 simply nowhere for the energy produced by the battery to go. And that鈥檚 when trouble starts.

Woman alseep next to smart phone

Over the past few years, there聽have been several reported instances聽of charging phones burning through beds. Apparently, when all that energy is trapped underneath a pillow, it can cause the battery to melt and, in extreme cases, ignite.

There鈥檚 also the fact that looking at a screen at night can keep you awake even longer and that your phone is probably sending out some radiation.聽So, better safe than sorry 鈥 just keep your phone on your nightstand. Or, as some sleep specialists recommend, out of the bedroom completely.

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