Silencing Stress: The Importance of Acoustic Comfort in the Home

By Carol-Anne Grimshaw, Sector and Market Intelligence Manager at Saint-Gobain Africa

by Media Xpose

Sensory overload is a condition where an individual’s senses are overloaded with excessive stimulation, which can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, and discomfort. This is particularly relevant in the context of acoustic comfort in the home, as excessive noise levels can contribute to sensory overload and have a negative impact on our health and well-being.

Research studies have shown that excessive noise levels can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that noise-induced stress can lead to higher levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress and anxiety, in the body. Furthermore, noise pollution has been linked to sleep disturbance, which can have negative impacts on our immune system, mood, and cognitive function.

A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also found that the risk of cardiovascular disease increased with the duration of exposure to noise, highlighting the importance of managing noise levels over time.

In addition, research has shown that excessive noise levels can have negative impacts on our cognitive function and productivity. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that noise in the workplace can decrease performance on complex tasks, as well as increase the likelihood of errors and decrease the quality of work.

By prioritising acoustic comfort in your home, you can effectively reduce the risk of sensory overload and its negative impact on your health and well-being. Saint-Gobain offers a range of acoustic solutions, including Isover Insulation, Gyproc Ceilings and Dry Walling Solutions, and Ecophon panels, specifically designed to minimise unwanted noise levels and create a peaceful and comfortable living space.

One significant step towards enhancing acoustic comfort in your home is by insulating your ceiling with Aerolite® Soft Touch glasswool. Not only does it improve acoustic comfort, but it also complies with the legislated thermal comfort standards outlined in SANS 10400-XA Building Standards for Energy Efficiency. By creating an environment that promotes relaxation, rest, and productivity, you can significantly reduce the risk of sensory overload and elevate your overall quality of life.

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