A new scientific study led by the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the University of Oregon has shown how airplane noise affects people’s sleep. An article published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that those exposed to aircraft noise up to 45 dB were more likely to sleep less than 7 hours per night. For comparison: the noise level during a normal conversation at home is 50 dB, when speaking in a whisper – 30 dB.
The experts in this study examined sleep disturbances and exposure to aircraft noise at 90 major US airports among more than 35,000 participants from around the world. A team of scientists studied aircraft noise levels every five years from 1995 to 2015 and took into account factors such as noise at night and noise during the day.
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