Effects of low frequency noise on sleep

Noise Health. 2004 Apr-Jun;6(23):87-91.


Low frequency noise (20-200 Hz) is emitted by numerous sources in the society. As low frequencies propagate with little attenuation through walls and windows, many people may be exposed to low frequency noise in their dwellings. Sleep disturbance, especially with regard to time to fall asleep and tiredness in the morning, are commonly reported in case studies on low frequency noise. However, the number of studies where sleep disturbance is investigated in relation to the low frequencies in the noise is limited. Based on findings from available epidemiological and experimental studies, the review gives indications that sleep disturbance due to low frequency noise warrants further concern.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Noise, Transportation / adverse effects*
  • Sleep Deprivation / epidemiology
  • Sleep Deprivation / etiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires