Effect of Continuous Traffic Noise on Percentage of Deep Sleep, Waking and Sleep Latency
AbstractOur original experiments tested the disturbing effect on sleep of individual truck passages with the intervals between them being relatively quiet (30 to 35 decibels due to the air conditioner). Being awakened was, of course, considered a disturbance but so was a shift from a deeper level of sleep to a shallower level. (The depth of sleep was monitored by means of an electroencephalograph which measured the brain waves from electrodes attached to the forehead of the subjects). Intermittent truck noise with quiet periods in between is, of course, quite different from the random noise of free flowing traffic. So the present experiments were conducted using a recording of actual traffic noise in a busy street.
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