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Single and combined effects of air, road and rail traffic noise on sleep

Basner, Mathias and Elmenhorst, Eva-Maria and Maaß, Hartmut and Müller, Uwe and Quehl, Julia and Samel, Alexander and Vejvoda, Martin (2006) Single and combined effects of air, road and rail traffic noise on sleep. In: 2006 Inter-Noise Proceedings, Paper N° IN06-022. Inter-Noise 2006 (35th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering), 2006-12-03 - 2006-12-06, Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).

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INTRODUCTION: It is a well known fact that noise annoyance depends on the traffic mode. Much less is known about differences in physiological effects, especially on combined effects. Therefore, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) investigated the effects of air (AI), road (RO) and rail (RA) traffic noise on sleep in the AIRORA study. METHODS: 72 subjects (40+/-13 years, 32 male) were polysomnographically investigated during 11 consecutive nights in the laboratory. Electrophysiological signals included EEG, EOG, EMG, EKG, respiratory movements and finger pulse amplitude. Cortisol and noradrenalin were measured in nocturnal urine samples. Each traffic mode consisted of five noise categories (maximum SPL 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 dBA) with 8 different noise events, i.e. 40 noise events in total. Therefore, between 40 and 120 noise events were realistically played back during single (AI, RO, RA, RORO), double (AIRO, AIRA, RORA) and triple (AIRORA) exposure nights. The design was complemented with a noise-free control night and carefully balanced. RESULTS: Although annoyance due to aircraft noise was stronger compared to both rail and road traffic noise, preliminary analyses of parts of the physiological data do not support the same order. Final results will be shown and discussed on the conference.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Single and combined effects of air, road and rail traffic noise on sleep
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Basner, MathiasUNSPECIFIED
Elmenhorst, Eva-MariaUNSPECIFIED
Samel, AlexanderUNSPECIFIED
Vejvoda, MartinUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2006
Journal or Publication Title:2006 Inter-Noise Proceedings, Paper N° IN06-022
Keywords:Sleep, noise events, annoyance, combined effects, polysomnography, electrophysiological signals
Event Title:Inter-Noise 2006 (35th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering)
Event Location:Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-12-03 - 2006-12-06
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Quiet Air Traffic (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Deposited By: Louise Mawet
Deposited On:28 Feb 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:32

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