Brits' sleep pattern being ravaged by growth in unwanted noise pollution

Almost eight in ten Britons suffer from unwanted noise in their homes, and almost a third say it affects sleep.

New research shows that 31% of the UK population have impaired their sleep from unwanted outside noise. Three in ten (30%) said they could no longer open doors and windows, and a quarter (25%) said they could no longer relax.

And data from the leading sustainable insulation company, Rockwool, showed that a third (33%) have noticed more noise since the Covid-19 lockdown began last year.

“Noise is a major nuisance, but worse, it can also seriously affect people’s health and well-being,” said Gloria Elliott, executive director of the Noise Abatement Society.

“These data show that noise is a serious problem affecting our quality of life and the enjoyment of our homes.

“In the discussion about how we can better demolish after the pandemic, noise must not be forgotten. We want a good acoustic design that is embedded in the residential development so that houses can be built to save the lives of the people who live there. to improve. ”

Figures suggest that the pandemic caused a massive 29% increase in noise complaints among local authorities across the country.

The largest increases were in Birmingham, followed by the London boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Bexley, which saw year-over-year increases of 156%, 99% and 76% respectively.

The World Health Organization previously determined that at least a million healthy years of life are lost each year in Western Europe due to exposure to environmental noise. This makes it the second largest environmental cause of disease after air pollution.

Studies have shown that exposure to unwanted noise can lead to sleep disorders, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of diabetes, dementia, stroke, and heart disease.

“The pandemic has resulted in more people working, studying and spending time in their own homes,” said Darryl Matthews, Rockwool’s executive director.

“This makes them more aware of unwanted sounds and our results show that this adversely affects their ability to relax, unwind, or even sleep.”

“This is a massive problem that is currently under the radar. With more people likely to work from home following the pandemic and the growing population in our cities, noise can be a critical problem and negatively affect people’s physical and mental health. “

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