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Effects of Nocturnal Rail Noise on Sleep - Results of a Field Study in the Cologne/Bonn area.

Müller, U. (2010) Effects of Nocturnal Rail Noise on Sleep - Results of a Field Study in the Cologne/Bonn area. 19th Annual International Conference on Traffic Noise, 01.-03.10.2010, Dresden.

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Within a German-French cooperation on traffic research (DeuFrako), mainly funded by the German ministry of economics and the French ministry of transport, in spring 2008 the DLR-Institute of Aerospace Medicine started a 15-month field study examining the effects of nocturnal rail traffic noise on sleep (part of the sub-project RAPS (Railway noise, Annoyance, Performance, Sleep)). In this study altogether 33 subjects were polysomnographically investigated during 9 consecutive nights each. Electrophysiological signals included EEG, EOG, EMG, ECG, respiratory movements and finger pulse amplitude. Three sound level meters (class 1) continuously ineasured the sound pressure level LAS and LAF two metres in fiont of the facade and at the sleeper's ear for every night. In addition, every time the external background level L90 was exceeded by 3 dB, both the external as well as the internal noise was recorded. A meta-analysis of former laboratory sleep studies as well as this field study show that the awakening probability is higher for freight trains than for aircraft and road traffic noise (only part of the laboratory exaininations), which is in contrast to inost of the annoyance studies. However, it could also be shown in this field study tllat the annoyance judgments are mainly fomed during tlle day whereas the night does not essentially contribute to this evaluation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/65716/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Effects of Nocturnal Rail Noise on Sleep - Results of a Field Study in the Cologne/Bonn area.
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Müller, U. uwe.mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Nächtlicher Bahnlärm, Schlaf, Akustik, Belästigung, lärmbedingtes Aufwachen, Dosis-Wirkungsbeziehungen
Event Title:19th Annual International Conference on Traffic Noise
Event Location:Dresden
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.-03.10.2010
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - no assignment
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Deposited On:28 Oct 2010 11:06
Last Modified:28 Oct 2010 11:06

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