Wind turbine noise effects on sleep: The WiTNES study

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Onshore wind turbines are becoming increasingly widespread globally, with the associated net effect that a greater number of people will be exposed to wind turbine noise (WTN). Sleep disturbance by WTN has been suggested to be of particular importance with regards to a potential impact on human health. Within the Wind Turbine Noise Effects on Sleep (WiTNES) project, we have experimentally investigated the physiological effects of night time WTN on sleep using polysomnography and self-reporting protocols. Fifty participants spent three nights in the sound exposure laboratory. To examine whether habituation or sensitisation occurs among populations with long-term WTN exposure, approximately half of the participants lived within 1km of at least one turbine. The remaining participants were not exposed to WTN at home. The first night served for habituation and one WTN-free night served to measure baseline sleep. Wind turbine noise (LAEq,indoor,night=31.9 dB) was introduced in one night. This exposure night included variations in filtering, corresponding to a window being fully closed or slightly open, and variations in amplitude modulation.


  • Michael Smith
  • Mikael Öberg
  • Pontus Thorsson
  • Laith Hussain-Alkhateeb
  • Eja Pedersen
  • Jens Forssén
  • Julia Ageborg Morsing
  • Kerstin Persson Waye
External organisations
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Chalmers University of Technology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, Zurich 18 - 22 June 2017
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch