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Annoyance and self-reported sleep disturbance due to night-time railway noise examined in the field

Pennig, S. and Quehl, J. and Müller, U. and Rolny, V. and Maass, H. and Basner, M. and Elmenhorst, E.-M. (2012) Annoyance and self-reported sleep disturbance due to night-time railway noise examined in the field. Acoustical Society of America, 132 (5), pp. 3109-3117.

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Railway noise interferes with daytime activities and disturbs sleep leading to annoyance of exposed residents. The main objective of this paper was to establish exposure-response relationships between nocturnal railway noise exposure and annoyance and to examine self-reported sleep disturbances as short-term reactions to noise. In a field study 33 residents living close to railway tracks in the Cologne/Bonn area (Germany) were investigated. Railway noise was measured indoors during nine consecutive nights at each site. Questionnaires referring to annoyance and non-acoustical factors were performed. Annoyance ratings increased significantly with the total number of trains and freight trains per night, and non-significantly with rising number of passenger trains and energy equivalent sound pressure level (LAeq), when adjusting the model for non-acoustical variables. The total number of trains and the number of freight trains also significantly affected self-reported awakening frequency, but no other aspects of subjective sleep disturbances. The responses of this subject sample referring to railway noise in the previous night point to rather low impairments of exposed residents.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/78681/
Document Type:Article
Title:Annoyance and self-reported sleep disturbance due to night-time railway noise examined in the field
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Pennig, S.sibylle.pennig (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Quehl, J.julia.quehl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Müller, U.uwe.mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maass, H.hartmut.maass (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Basner, M.mathias.basner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Elmenhorst, E.-M.eva-maria.elmenhorst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Acoustical Society of America
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 3109-3117
Keywords:railway noise, annoyance, sleep disturbance, number of noise events, non-acoustical factors
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
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 By: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:03 Dec 2012 14:11
Last Modified:03 Dec 2012 14:11

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