Sleep Disorders

Updated 11 August 2014

What noise keeps you from sleeping?

Tossing and turning because a simple noise keeps you from catching some shut-eye?


Tossing and turning because a simple noise keeps you from catching some shut-eye? Snoring, the ticking of a clock, the tip toeing of a person or the irritating cricket sound keeping you awake. A frustrating thing for many because your body is tired but yet you still lend an ear.

Here’s what our users say:

Edith Bal-Verbeek- We deal a lot with this problem. The problem is there is no real law in Holland about noise. There is now a new law that says that on houses there can be noise about 68 dpA so with other noise as train, plane etc. It is too much. We are still looking for a good solution. Prorail and NS don't do anything about the noise HSL not before government says it is too much.

Jckowens- I live in the country. No lights and no traffic noise. My stress levels are good.  I work in town during the day which raises my stress levels.   I come home to serenity and a good nights sleep. I wouldn't change this for a city life.

We asked our Facebook users what noise keeps them from sleep. Most of them said barking dogs bothered them, like Erika Molver and Thandikhaya Sisa Nobhongoza. Neo Makgale said, “banging of the door or any banging” and “a croaking frog” keeps Hassina Limalia from her beauty sleep.

What noise keeps you from sleep? How do you cope and what noise disturbs you the most? Share your story. E-mail us at

(Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien, Health24, September 2012)

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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