Jul 17, 2012 Written by Magnetite NZ
Stress and Headaches due to work and long travel time are common problems for most commuters. Not surprisingly, the bad news doesnât stop there. Research done by a scientist in New York City indicates that being exposed to noise can activate our natural stress hormones which affects our happiness and health.
Recently, this issue was reported in the Daily Telegraph. Several decibel tests were carried out along George St Sydney during peak hour. The result shows Sydney pedestrians are being exposed to extremely loud noise, every few seconds, without even realizing it. Buses and trains are ranked among the noisiest forms of public transport as they generate more than 80dB of noise.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has linked traffic noise to sleep disturbance and annoyance. Their report, Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise, reported evidence showing that exposure to high levels of noise increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. An environmental noise expert from UNSW, Prof Gary Housley, reinforced that the report discovered the links between street noise and hypertension leading to heart attacks.
The State Government is trying to reduce noise, through the purchase of quieter buses and trains. However, anyone living on a busy road, bus route or next to a train line would agree that traffic noise can be disruptive and affect the quality of comfort in your home.
Insulating your windows and doors is an effective way to reduce noise. Talk to our team today to help make your home a comfortable and healthy environment for you and your family
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World Health Organisation Report: click here