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Sleep 'incompatible' with urban noise

28-05-2008

Noise pollution in today's busy cities has reached such high levels that it is directly affecting the function of society by causing people to lose sleep, according to a leading sleep researcher.

Professor Kevin Morgan from Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit claims that the demands of working life combined with a noisier urban environment is leading to serious mental and physical effects on people, something that appears to be born out in the reportedly increasing numbers of sleep disorder sufferers.

"On the one hand the modern world tends to be, certainly in its urban form, noisy - traffic noise, aircraft noise. On the other hand there are requirements for individuals, there are levels of noise which are simply incompatible with sleep," Professor Morgan told Radio Netherlands Worldwide. "I think personally this is a broader social health issue. People have the right to access facilities that will deliver quality of life and quality of sleep is one of the fundamental pillars of quality of life. If we want society to function properly and if we want individuals to function properly in society, we have got to safeguard their sleep."

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