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Noise Pollution Is Preventing Your Deep Sleep

By Chris Brown

A noisy bedroom is sometimes inevitable. Nighttime traffic, noisy neighbors, or a snoring partner can cause all sorts of interruptions to your ability to sleep fully. This interrupted sleep, even if not consciously causing wakefulness, can hinder important deep sleep stages that your body requires for recovery. This results in both short- and long-term cognitive and health issues which may make you rethink the importance of your sleeping arrangement.

Noise Pollution's Effects on Sleep

The physical trauma caused by that noisy outside traffic can have significant impacts upon your health. Noisy environments have been shown in studies to increase stage one (light) sleep and decrease vital deep sleep stages. Consequently, this leads to elevated stress hormone production and increased circulating cortisol and adrenaline. Typically, sleep is important in relaxing the body from stressful daytime activities and the prevention of this recovery can cause short-term cognitive issues and potentially deadly health problems in the long-term.

Short-Term Results of Nighttime Noise

One or two nights of noisy sleep can show immediate impacts upon cognitive function. These short-term effects include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability and worsened mental health conditions
  • Decreased mental performance

Long-Term Results of Nighttime Noise

Scarier still than an unproductive day following a noise-disruptive rest are the more serious long-term consequences of noise pollution. Disrupted sleep problems are only expected to become more common as people are exposed to louder and louder sleeping environments. Very real health risks have been identified in various multi-year studies:

  • High blood pressure and increased stroke risk
  • Obesity and weight gain
  • Increased risk of cancers
  • Long-term effects of regular, repeated days of short-term poor cognition

Tricks to Sleep Soundlessly in a Noisy Environment

Whether from the traffic outside your room, or a snorer next to you in bed, there are a few ways to reduce the health disturbing effects of noise during sleep and help you rest to function at your best the following day.

  • Wear earplugs
  • Play white noise to mask loud noises
  • Add soft furniture, hang tapestries, and install window trimmings to absorb sound waves
  • Make sure windows and doors are closed and sealed properly
  • In worst cases, you can play a soothing sound to drown out more disruptive traffic or inconsistent noises

For more help falling asleep, The Joint Chiropractic can adjust your spine and help you rest pain-free. Sessions are affordable without insurance, so stop by for a walk-in session today to experience a deeper sleep tonight.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minn.

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