Acoustics Research

Noise Research

New research discovers half of Brits are losing sleep every week due to outside noise.

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New research reveals that just under half of Brits (46%) are woken or kept awake at least once a week by noise from outside their home, with those affected being disrupted on average 70 nights a year.

As well as losing sleep, there’s a significant knock-on effect on how people feel the next day, which can have a detrimental impact on their overall sense of well-being.

Those affected report having less energy the next day (37%), being in a bad mood (30%), and being less patient (29%). Furthermore, they admit to becoming annoyed more easily (29%) and are less productive (24%).

The most common consequences the day after sleep disruption

Disturbances disrupting the sanctuary of our homes during the day or night include car/house alarms (29%), traffic noise (24%), neighbours (24%), anti-social behaviour (24%) and other people’s pets (18%).

The most disruptive noises outside the home

95% of us value a good night’s sleep, but what is surprising is our inactivity when it comes to changing the things that stop us from getting the rest and comfort we need when in our homes.

Less than a third (32%) would ask those creating a disturbance to be quiet if the noise was disturbing them. Those disrupted by external noises to their home have resorted to wearing earplugs (16%), turning their TV or radio up (13%) and one in ten (10%) have upgraded their windows to combat noise.

What steps are taken to combat external noise

In fact, the problem has become so bad for 16% that they’ve actually moved house because of noise, an additional 14% would have liked to move house because of external disturbance if they could, and a further one in 20 (5%) still might move house due to their current circumstances around noise pollution.

This reinforces the fact that nearly all of us (98%) recognise the impact that our home has on our overall sense of wellbeing.

Emma Kenny

In the modern age, where life is fast paced and where the work-life balance can feel challenging, finding sanctuary is more important than ever. Noise disturbance is annoying at the best of times, but more importantly it can cause health issues when it interferes with our sleep patterns. Getting an uninterrupted and peaceful night's sleep ensures we are physically and emotionally rested and allows our bodies to heal from the stresses and strains of modern day living. If the noise outside is affecting our ability to rest and relax, we are likely to experience a whole host of negative issues, including irritability, lack of focus and exhaustion, which can impact on every aspect of our life. That's why it's imperative to create a zen space, with as little noise pollution as possible.Emma Kenny, TV Psychologist

Jill McLintock

While many of us will know from personal experience that a disturbed night's sleep can have a detrimental impact on how we feel the next day, the scale of the issue identified through this research is something of a surprise. Almost half of the adults in this country are being affected every week, which is having a huge influence on their mood and overall state of mind. Although two thirds of those surveyed said they wouldn't ask the person creating the disturbance to keep the noise down, there are other things they can do to mitigate the problem. Rather than going to the extreme lengths and cost of moving house, fitting sound-reducing products such as windows made with laminated acoustic glass will help to reduce the noise, as well as potentially improving the property's energy efficiency and security.Jill McLintock, Head of Product Marketing at Everest

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