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Having a noisy workplace may not only give you a headache and harm your hearing
but also disrupt your sleep, according to a Ben-Gurion University researcher
whose article on the phenomenon was just published in the prestigious journal
Tsafnat Test, who carried out her study as part of the MD degree
she is due to receive in a year, examined (with colleagues) 298 male workers in
factories in the South who volunteered to participate.
All of them had
been exposed to noise at work during the day or night for a long period, with
all of them wearing protective earpieces (but not necessarily through their
whole working life).
Those who suffered ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
suffered from frequent insomnia or snored, feeling tired when they woke up,
while those who did not have hearing problems did not.
Over 50 percent of
those who suffered from reduced hearing ability reported having tinnitus,
compared to 14% of those whose hearing was not harmed by the noise on the
Results of the observational cross-sectional study “surprised” the
researchers, Test told The Jerusalem Post
More studies are
needed to find the exact reason for the phenomenon, as it is not easily
understood, she said. Ringing in the ears was found not to cause the sleep
problems, she added. Perhaps concern about hearing problems caused insomnia,
said Test, but the research must go further to point to the reasons for the low
The participants were compared for a large number of sleep
elements such as excessive movement during sleep, tiredness at work, snoring and