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Residents’ attitude towards air traffic and objective sleep quality are related

Elmenhorst, Eva-Maria and Müller, U. and Mendolia, F. and Quehl, J. and Aeschbach, D. (2016) Residents’ attitude towards air traffic and objective sleep quality are related. In: Proceedings of the 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (InterNoise 2016), pp. 7744-7746. 45th International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering, 21.-24.08.2016, Hamburg. ISBN 978-3-939296-11-9

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Abstract

Annoyance and physiological responses induced by traffic noise exposure vary greatly among residents. Recently, differences in aircraft noise induced awakening reactions during sleep have partly been explained by stable individual vulnerabilities to noise. In 2012 as part of the NORAH sleep study, we investigated with a sample of 81 residents around Frankfurt Airport the relationship between attitude towards air traffic and sleep quality recorded polysomnographically at home. By using five-point rating scales the participants assessed their attitude towards air traffic (from 1 = negative to 5 = positive) and evaluated its necessity (from 1 = not necessary to 5 = highly necessary). Residents with a negative attitude towards air traffic (score < 3; N=28) took longer to fall asleep, spent more time awake after sleep onset, had a reduced sleep efficiency and less deep sleep. Participants who evaluated air traffic to be of no or moderate necessity (score < 4; N=22) slept less deeply. These statistically significant differences suggest that residents’ sleep quality and subjective evaluation of air traffic are related. The causality of this relationship, however, i.e. whether a negative attitude leads to more severe sleep disturbances or, conversely, whether poor sleep quality triggers a negative attitude towards air traffic, remains unclear.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/108427/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Residents’ attitude towards air traffic and objective sleep quality are related
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Elmenhorst, Eva-Mariaeva-maria.elmenhorst (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0336-6705
Müller, U.uwe.mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mendolia, F.franco.mendolia (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5359-5982
Quehl, J.julia.quehl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Aeschbach, D.daniel.aeschbach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2016
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (InterNoise 2016)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 7744-7746
ISBN:978-3-939296-11-9
Status:Published
Keywords:aircraft noise, sleep, polysomnography, attitude
Event Title:45th International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering
Event Location:Hamburg
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21.-24.08.2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
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: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:29 Nov 2016 09:55
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:05

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