Noise-Based Sleep Deprivation Linked to Obesity. Is a Possible Solution Your Windows?
Noise is a known factor for a loss of sleep and new studies show that sleep deprivation is linked to increases in obesity.
Most people need between seven and eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a day. Being in a noisy environment can reduce the quantity and quality of a person’s sleep cycle leading to a state of sleep deprivation.
“There are some people who are more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation than others,” says Stuart Quan, MD, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School’s division of sleep medicine. “Functionally, they’re okay, but metabolically, they may not be doing okay. The solution (to sleep deprivation) is not going out and drinking a couple of cans of Red Bull. The solution is to get more sleep.”
Late-night binges can be brought on by being tired. The body’s balance of two appetite hormones gets off-kilter when a person needs more sleep, even after one night.
The good hormone, called leptin, goes down. Because it controls appetite, people get hungrier. The bad hormone, ghrelin, goes up. “It’s a hormone produced by fat cells, and it indicates you need to get more fat calories,” says Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, RPSGT, a neurologist and sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in California. “The more ghrelin you have, the more you want to eat.”
This is even a factor with younger people. In a recent study published in the journal Sleep, researchers from Case Western Reserve University found that teenagers who slept less than eight hours a night ate more fattening foods and snacks.
Quan has spent several years studying a group of children in Tucson, Arizona. “The ones who sleep less have increased risk of being overweight five years later,” he says.
How can you effectively reduce noise to get a better night’s sleep?
The single biggest way to reduce noise in a home is to use noise blocking add-on windows.
Studies of hundreds of offices and homes show that the most significant amount of noise comes through windows, not walls. While many people spend thousands of dollars on “soundproofing” the walls of their buildings, laboratory studies show that more than 90% of all the exterior noise comes in through doors and windows.
Traditional dual pane windows have been shown to be ineffective at handling noise issues. They are designed to handle heat and cold. The engineering needed for sound is quite different from handling temperature. That’s why people looking for noise relief who simply replace their dual pane windows are often disappointed.
A solution that has shown to reduce noise levels by 75% to 95% is adding genuine Soundproof Windows®. These are add-on windows which install quickly on the interior of a room. They blend with the window frame and dramatically reduce the level of outside noise that comes into a living space.
That translates into a better environment for a good night’s sleep.
“We have taken recording studio window technology and applied it to the home,” said Randy Brown, founder and president of Soundproof Windows, Inc. “That’s why these windows are so effective at reducing unwanted noise.”
Independent laboratory tests confirm noise reductions of 92 to 99% as verified by audio instrumentation. While the human ear cannot detect that level of precision, the difference in noise levels in a room is significant.
Each Soundproof Window is carefully crafted to fit the window or sliding door it will enhance. These are then easily installed. Many customers who are handy install the windows in their homes themselves.
Soundproof Windows have been produced since 1998 and are the most vigorously tested and verified soundproofing windows in the world.
Soundproof Windows serves customers located throughout North America. For more information about Soundproof Windows, Inc. go to soundproofwindows.com.