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Critical Appraisal of Methods for the Assessment of Noise Effects on Sleep

Basner, M. and Brink, M. and Elmenhorst, E.-M. (2012) Critical Appraisal of Methods for the Assessment of Noise Effects on Sleep. Noise and Health.

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Various sleep measurement techniques have been applied in past studies on the effects of environmental noise on sleep, complicating comparisons between studies and the derivation of pooled exposure-response relationships that could inform policy and legislation. To date, a consensus on a standard measurement technique for the assessment of environmental noise effects on sleep is missing. but would be desirable to increase comparability of future studies. This manuscript provides a detailed description of the sleep process, typical indicators of disturbed sleep, and how noise interferes with sleep. It also describes and discusses merits and drawbacks of five established methods commonly used for the assessment of noise effects on sleep (i.e., polysomnography, actigraphy, electrocardiography, behaviorally confirmed awakenings, and questionnaires). Arguments supporting the joint use of actigraphy and a single channel electrocardiogram as meaningful, robust, and inexpensive methods that would allow for the investigation of large representative subject samples are presented. These could be used as a starting point for the generation of an expert consensus.

Document Type:Article
Title:Critical Appraisal of Methods for the Assessment of Noise Effects on Sleep
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Basner, M.mathias.basner@dlr.de
Elmenhorst, E.-M.eva-maria.elmenhorst@dlr.de
Journal or Publication Title:Noise and Health
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:Sleep, Noise, Polysomnography, Actigraphy, Health, Awakening
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors and Safety in Aeronautics
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Deposited By: Claudio Hoven
Deposited On:14 Sep 2012 11:43
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:15

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