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Wind turbine noise effects on sleep: The WiTNES study

Smith, Michael; Öberg, Mikael ; Thorsson, Pontus; Hussain-Alkhateeb, Laith ; Pedersen, Eja LU ; Forssén, Jens; Ageborg Morsing, Julia and Persson Waye, Kerstin (2017) In 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, Zurich 18 - 22 June 2017
Abstract
Onshore wind turbines are becoming increasingly widespread globally, with the associated net effect that a greater number of people will be exposed to wind turbine noise (WTN). Sleep disturbance by WTN has been suggested to be of particular importance with regards to a potential impact on human health. Within the Wind Turbine Noise Effects on Sleep (WiTNES) project, we have experimentally investigated the physiological effects of night time WTN on sleep using polysomnography and self-reporting protocols. Fifty participants spent three nights in the sound exposure laboratory. To examine whether habituation or sensitisation occurs among populations with long-term WTN exposure, approximately half of the participants lived within 1km of at... (More)
Onshore wind turbines are becoming increasingly widespread globally, with the associated net effect that a greater number of people will be exposed to wind turbine noise (WTN). Sleep disturbance by WTN has been suggested to be of particular importance with regards to a potential impact on human health. Within the Wind Turbine Noise Effects on Sleep (WiTNES) project, we have experimentally investigated the physiological effects of night time WTN on sleep using polysomnography and self-reporting protocols. Fifty participants spent three nights in the sound exposure laboratory. To examine whether habituation or sensitisation occurs among populations with long-term WTN exposure, approximately half of the participants lived within 1km of at least one turbine. The remaining participants were not exposed to WTN at home. The first night served for habituation and one WTN-free night served to measure baseline sleep. Wind turbine noise (LAEq,indoor,night=31.9 dB) was introduced in one night. This exposure night included variations in filtering, corresponding to a window being fully closed or slightly open, and variations in amplitude modulation. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Onshore wind turbines are becoming increasingly widespread globally, with the associated net effect that a greater number of people will be exposed to wind turbine noise (WTN). Sleep disturbance by WTN has been suggested to be of particular importance with regards to a potential impact on human health. Within the Wind Turbine Noise Effects on Sleep (WiTNES) project, we have experimentally investigated the physiological effects of night time WTN on sleep using polysomnography and self-reporting protocols. Fifty participants spent three nights in the sound exposure laboratory. To examine whether habituation or sensitisation occurs among populations with long-term WTN exposure, approximately half of the participants lived within 1km of at least one turbine. The remaining participants were not exposed to WTN at home. The first night served for habituation and one WTN-free night served to measure baseline sleep. Wind turbine noise (LAEq,indoor,night=31.9 dB) was introduced in one night. This exposure night included variations in filtering, corresponding to a window being fully closed or slightly open, and variations in amplitude modulation. },
  author       = {Smith, Michael and Öberg, Mikael  and Thorsson, Pontus and Hussain-Alkhateeb, Laith  and Pedersen, Eja and Forssén, Jens and Ageborg Morsing, Julia  and Persson Waye, Kerstin},
  booktitle    = {12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, Zurich 18 - 22 June 2017},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {8},
  publisher    = {ICBEN},
  title        = {Wind turbine noise effects on sleep: The WiTNES study},
  year         = {2017},
}