Impacts of Noise on Immune System
Impacts of Noise on Immune System | 14 Sep 2009
systems of stress, and looks at the possible ways this might have an impact on
the immune system.
potential to cause an increase in hormone levels, including cortisal, which is
involved in the body’s response to stress and anxiety and can increase blood pressure
and blood sugar. The effects of day-time exposure to noise can even contribute
to sleep disturbance through its impact on cortisol levels, which would usually
drop at night.
and the article sites research showing two groups of people: ‘high reactors’,
who are significantly affected by stress and show an increase in heart rate and
blood pressure, and ‘low reactors’ who show little or no change in these areas.
show an increase in infection rates and colds, and that responses to noise as
a stressor is similar to those from general noise. However, a direct link between
noise and its impact on the immune system is yet to be established.