Sleep deprivation puts the brakes on your productivity, so it’s important to get plenty of shut-eye. A new study suggests why many people aren’t getting enough sleep: traffic noise.
Living next to a busy street may be the reason that your work is in the slow lane. When researchers analyzed Fulton County in Georgia, they found that nearly 10 percent of the people were affected by noisy roads.
“Our research estimated that the percentage of the overall populations at risk of high annoyance is 9.5%, and highly disturbed sleep at 2.3%,” said James B. Holt, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Long-term exposure to noise could increase the risks of heart attack and high blood pressure. Nighttime noise can reduce sleep quality and increase morning tiredness and insomnia.”