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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 22  |  Page : 27--33

Disturbed sleep patterns and limitation of noise


1 Institute for Occupational Physiologie at the University of Dortmund, Germany
2 Institute for Physiology and Experimental Pathophysiology, University of Erlangen, Germany

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B Griefahn
Institute for Occupational Physiology at the University of Dortmund, Ardeystr. 67, D-44139 Dortmund, Fed. Rep.
Germany
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PMID: 15070526

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Due to the undisputable restorative function of sleep, noise-induced sleep disturbances are regarded as the most deleterious effects of noise. They comprise alterations during bedtimes such as awakenings, sleep stage changes, body movements and after-effects such as subjectively felt decrease of sleep quality, impairment of mood and performance. The extents of these reactions depend on the information content of noise, on its acoustical parameters and are modified by individual influences and by situational conditions. Intermittent noise, that is produced by air traffic, rail traffic and by road traffic during the night is particularly disturbing and needs to be reduced. Suitable limits are suggested.






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