Why it is important
Sound noise may disturb sleep. It creates concentration issues, it leads to fatigue, uncertainty and lack of self-confidence, irritation, misunderstandings, decreased working capacity, problems in human relations, and a number of stress reactions. It has shown to impair reading comprehension and long-term memory and may be associated with raised blood pressure. It interferes in complex task performance, modifies social behavior and causes annoyance. Environmental noise has been connected to hypertension.
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Category: Environmental healthResearch
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