Research shows that when people are exposed to noise, it raises the body’s stress levels which can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. With health and well-being at risk, Saint-Gobain Weber offers some easy steps to reduce noise pollution in homes.
Computers, TVs and phones all make noise, even when they are not in use. Consider having a device-free bedroom.
Noisy appliances such as washing machines should be far away from the bedroom and living room. If this cannot be achieved, try only running them at times when they cannot disturb anyone.
Simple changes and improvements in the house can help to reduce noise levels. Rugs or carpet can dampen the sound of hard floors. Soundproof windows and external wall insulation can help fight outside noise.
Earplugs can be an easy and effective solution to provide silence at night to a good night’s sleep. Sometimes earplugs are needed during the day to help people concentrate, but noise-cancelling headphones are an alternative option.
There will always be a certain level of background noise. Try cancelling it out with more peaceful sounds. Wind chimes, a crackling fire, or some soothing music can all help reduce noise-related stress.
– Reduced stress: A quiet, peaceful environment will help to dispel tension in people’s body and mind. Keeping stress levels under control is important for mental health as well as people’s physical well-being. This will have a positive knock-on effect.
– Improved sleep: Sleep disturbed by noise can lead to insomnia, exhaustion and even depression. Silent nights and quiet surroundings will greatly increase quality of sleep, restfulness and focus.
– Improved memory: When people do not have to deal with external stress from noise, they can hear themselves think and better focus on remembering – leading to improved memory.
Homeowners can also use external wall insulation (EWI) systems to improve noise levels. Hit the link in the opening paragraph for more info on Saint-Gobain Weber’s EWI systems.
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