An experimental investigation into the effects of sleeping with a bed-partner on the sleep of
subjects living beneath flight paths in the UK was carried out as part of a main study into
aircraft noise and sleep disturbance. The main aim of the investigation was to quantify the
amount of disturbance attributable to sleeping with a bed-partner in the home using actigraphy.
A secondary aim was to assess the importance of usual sleeping arrangement as a factor in
sleep research. The sleep of 400 main study subjects was measured in 30 sec epochs, for 15
consecutive nights each, using Gaehwiler actigraphs. The bed-partners of 46 of the main study
subjects were monitored concurrently, for 8 of the 15 nights. Subjective sleep reports were
filled out for each night of the study, and general questionnaire data on sleep and related factor
was also obtained. Actigraph data was filtered before analysis to show onsets of movement,
resulting in a series of actiblips for each subject trace. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Great Britain, Department of Transport; Civil Aviation Authority.