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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 47  |  Page : 88--94

Sleep disturbance due to aircraft noise exposure

Finegold and So, Consultants, 1167 Bournemouth Court, Centerville, OH 45459, USA

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Lawrence S Finegold
Finegold and So, Consultants, 1167 Bournemouth Court, Centerville, OH 45459
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DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.63208

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Research on nighttime sleep disturbance due to community noise sources, particularly from exposure to aircraft noise, has been conducted for over a half decade. However, there are still no national environmental noise policies (i.e., laws and regulations) promulgated which prescribe a specific criterion for an exposure limit which is regulatory in nature. In the U.S., the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Noise Standard, ANSI S12.9-2008/Part 6, Quantities and Procedures for Description and Measurement of Environmental Sound - Part 6: Methods for Estimation of Awakenings Associated with Outdoor Noise Events Heard in Homes, does provide the currently recommended exposure-response relationship used in the U.S. In Europe, there has also been significant laboratory and field research on sleep disturbance, although the U.S. and European research publications often use different research methodologies, different noise metrics and different meta-analysis techniques. The current article will provide a brief overview of sleep disturbance research internationally to document the similarities and differences between the various research approaches and research results.


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