Aircraft noise poses a health risk for sleepers


Campaigners against airport expansion have some new evidence to support their case. A study of 140 people living near four European airports concludes that loud night-time noise raises blood pressure, even when people are asleep. The largest increases occurred when the sleepers experienced noise above 35 decibels – equivalent to an aircraft passing overhead or a bedfellow snoring. “We saw the same effects regardless of the source of the noise,” says Lars Jarup of Imperial College London, who co-authored the report (European Heart Journal, DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehn013). On average,
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