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Effects of low frequency noise on sleep

Journal article
Authors Kerstin Persson Waye
Published in Noise Health
Volume 6
Issue 23
Pages 87-91
ISSN 1463-1741 (Print)
Publication year 2004
Published at Institute of Community Medicine
Pages 87-91
Language en
Keywords Child, Clinical Trials, Cross-Sectional Studies, Humans, Noise, Transportation/*adverse effects, Questionnaires, Sleep Deprivation/epidemiology/*etiology
Subject categories Environmental medicine


Low frequency noise (20-200 Hz) is emitted by numerous sources in the society. As low frequencies propagate with little attenuation through walls and windows, many people may be exposed to low frequency noise in their dwellings. Sleep disturbance, especially with regard to time to fall asleep and tiredness in the morning, are commonly reported in case studies on low frequency noise. However, the number of studies where sleep disturbance is investigated in relation to the low frequencies in the noise is limited. Based on findings from available epidemiological and experimental studies, the review gives indications that sleep disturbance due to low frequency noise warrants further concern.

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