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TITLE The Influence of Night-time Noise on Sleep and Health   2004_14e_Sleep_noise.pdf (1.19 MB)
Document ID LIB28
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 22/07/2004
Document reference ISBN 90-5549-550-6
Original language of the document Dutch
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document requested by Netherlands Government, State Secretary of the Environment
Document uploaded by Wim Passchier
Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Environment
  • Health


Short description  Night-time noise disturbs the sleep of a large proportion of the Dutch population. Some of the people affected will experience sleeplessness and possible other effects on health and wellbeing. This is the main conclusion of a Advisory Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands in the present report. The report was presented to the Netherlands State Secretary of the Environment. He requested the report in view of incorporation in the Dutch regulation of EU proposals on the limitation of might-time noise.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Why this report?
Sleep is very important. It is therefore understandable that unintentional noise-related disturbance of sleep is a serious problem. Like other countries, the Netherlands has regulations designed to limit public exposure to environmental noise, primarily with a view to managing the associated nuisance.
Most of the limits relate to exposure over a complete twenty-four-hour perio ...

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