Gallery: New CDC Study Links Highway Noise Pollution to Widespread Slee...

 
Road traffic noise levels for Fulton County, Georgia. Daytime on left, night-time on right.

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that 2.3 percent of people in Fulton County, Ga., where the city of Atlanta is, are exposed to significant levels of highway noise that can disrupt sleep. Extrapolated to other urban areas, this research suggests that rates of such sleep disturbances could be very high in the U.S – and annoyance and sleep disruption from road traffic noise have been connected to health problems such as heart attacks and hypertension.

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