Sound files for studies regarding the physiological effects of wind turbine noise on sleep

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Mikael Ögren - University of Gothenburg


The material consists of sound files used as noise exposure during sleep trials in a laboratory environment. The trials aim was to look at physiological effects during sleep when exposed to wind turbine noise. The sound files are made available mainly for other researchers in the field wanting to replicate the results or use the files in similar studies. There may also be a wider interest for the public to listen to the exposures used in the study.


Develop audio files for use as exposure during sleep experiments in laboratories




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University of Gothenburg

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Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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Geographic location: Sweden

Geographic description: Southern Sweden


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Smith, Michael & Ögren, Mikael & Thorsson, Pontus & Hussain-Alkhateeb, Laith & Pedersen, Eja & Forssén, Jens & Ageborg Morsing, Julia & Persson Waye, Kerstin. (2020). A laboratory study on the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep: Results of the polysomnographic WiTNES study. Sleep. DOI: 10.1093/sleep/zsaa046

Thorsson, Pontus, et al. "Creating sound immission mimicking real-life characteristics from a single wind turbine." Applied Acoustics 143 (2019): 66-73. DOI:10.1016/j.apacoust.2018.08.015

Ageborg Morsing, Julia, et al. "Wind turbine noise and sleep: Pilot studies on the influence of noise characteristics." International journal of environmental research and public health 15.11 (2018): 2573. DOI:10.3390/ijerph15112573

Thorsson, Pontus, et al. "Low-frequency outdoor–indoor noise level difference for wind turbine assessment." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143.3 (2018): EL206-EL211. DOI:10.1121/1.5027018

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Sound files for the measurements of physiological effects of wind turbine noise on sleep

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The sound files correspond to indoor noise from a wind turbine in a typical Swedish house. The sound files were synthesized using parameters describing the variation in level in different frequency bands extracted from outdoor measurements. The sound files were filtered to get indoor sound using typical facade insulation both with window closed and with a small gap.

The sound recordings which the synthetizied files are based on were performed at four different buildings exposed to noise from

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Mikael Ögren. University of Gothenburg (2019). Sound files for the measurements of physiological effects of wind turbine noise on sleep. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Mikael Ögren - University of Gothenburg

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  • Mode of collection: Simulation
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2014–2017
  • Instrument: Technical instrument(s)
  • Source of the data: Physical objects
Published: 2019-09-04
Last updated: 2020-08-17