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Aircraft noise effects on sleep: Application of the results of a large polysomnographic field study

Basner, Mathias and Samel, Alexander and Isermann, Ullrich (2006) Aircraft noise effects on sleep: Application of the results of a large polysomnographic field study. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119 (5, Pt 1 of 2), pp. 2772-2784.

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 The Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) investigated the influence of nocturnal aircraft noise on sleep in polysomnographic laboratory and field studies between 1999 and 2004. The results of the field studies were used by the Regional Council of Leipzig (Germany) for the establishment of a noise protection plan in the official approval process for the expansion of Leipzig/Halle airport. Methods and results of the DLR field study are described in detail. Special attention is given to the dose-response relationship between the maximum sound pressure level of an aircraft noise event and the probability to wake up, which was used to establish noise protection zones directly related to the effects of noise on sleep. These protection zones differ qualitatively and quantitatively from zones that are solely based on acoustical criteria. The noise protection plan for Leipzig/Halle airport is presented and substantiated: (1) on average, there should be less than one additional awakening induced by aircraft noise, (2) awakenings recalled in the morning should be avoided as much as possible, (3) aircraft noise should interfere as little as possible with the process of falling asleep again. Issues concerned with the representativeness of the study sample are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/47312/
Document Type:Article
Title:Aircraft noise effects on sleep: Application of the results of a large polysomnographic field study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Isermann, UllrichInstitut für Aerodynamik und Strömungstechnik, Technische Strömungen, GöttingenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2006
Journal or Publication Title:The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 2772-2784
Keywords:nocturnal aircraft noise, sleep, polysomnographic study, dose-response relationship, awakenings, maximum sound pressure level
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 , Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Helicopters
Deposited By: Mawet, Louise
Deposited On:24 Jan 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:31

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