How Living In A Noisy Area Can Affect Your Health

Your neighborhood a great effect on the state of your health; in fact, living in some places can even make you sick. For example, did you know that living in a noisy place has a negative effect on your health? Here are some aspects of your health that noise can affect:

Sleep Quality

Most people find it difficult to fall asleep or enjoy a quality sleep in a noisy area. Some people are disturbed by the slightest noises while others are only concerned by very loud noises, but everyone is affected (only the degree is different). This is unfortunate because inadequate or impaired sleep has been linked to multiple health issues such as:

  • Increases risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes
  • Increased risk of accidental injuries
  • Decreased sex drive

Cardiovascular Health

There is also evidence that regular exposure to loud noises can interfere with your cardiovascular health, specifically heart disease and hypertension. The risk is even higher if you are exposed to regular noise at night. There are multiple possible explanations for this link. For example, researchers believe that exposure to nighttime noise increases the concentrations of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your blood; and stress is a known risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

Psychological and Emotional Health

It is not just your physical health that is affected by regular exposure to health, even your psychological and emotional health may suffer if you live in a noisy environment. For example, it has already been established that noise increases your risk of developing stress, and stress is not good for your emotional health. There is also the issue of impaired quality of sleep; many people become irritable and difficult to deal with when they don't sleep well.

Hearing Health

It will not come as a surprise to most people that noise can affect hearing health; you can even lose your hearing after being exposed to loud noises. Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when sound waves damage the sensitive structures of the inner ear, specifically the sensitive hair cells that pick up the sound by vibrating in response to the incoming sound waves. It's even worse that these hair cells don't grow back – once damages, they are gone forever.

If you have the choice to live where you want, you are better off avoiding noisy places. Talk to your real estate agent about your noise concerns so that they can help you identify homes for sale in your area.