Warrington is one of the noisiest places in the UK, with nearly half of its population regularly exposed to high noise levels.
Government data, analyzed by Zinus, showed the Cheshire town suffers from the second-worst level of noise pollution in the country. By looking at figures for road noise, rail noise and industrial noise, Zinus was able to find areas of the UK where the largest percentage of the population live with constant decibel noise above 55 decibels – considered to be regularly exposed to high noise levels.
Zinus found that 49% of Warrington’s population lives in an area that regularly hits 55 decibels. This meant the town was only second to Slough, which was the worst affected area in the UK, reports CheshireLive. 60% of Slough’s 165,000 residents live in areas that regularly reach 55 decibels.
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Other regions in the North West were in the top ten. With 38% of its population regularly exposed to high noise levels, Wigan came eighth, ahead of Greater Manchester.
Zinus looked at noise data to see how it affects sleep. He looked at what is most likely to keep people awake, surveying 450 customers.
He found :
- 47% of adults have trouble sleeping every week
- 57% sleep less than 8 hours most nights
- 35% worry about the quality of their sleep all the time
- 41% of the majority said other household members caused the most trouble sleeping, followed by noise and temperature at 30%
- 10% said stress and anxiety kept them from sleeping well
- 28% said music was the most effective sleep aid, followed by using a humidifier (22%) or fan (19%)
- 94% sleep with a partner, pet or child in bed with them