As someone who enjoys total silence, particularly when I am working or sleeping, I was surprised to read some researched facts on noise;
· Noise above 75 decibels raises your blood pressure.
· People who live close to airports have higher than average blood pressure levels.
· Loud intermittent noise is worse for you than loud constant noise.
· In 2006, 3 percent of fatal heart attacks was caused by loud noises.
· Noise in an open office often distracts others thus reducing their productivity.
· Only 20 percent of people like complete silence when working. (I knew that I was special).
· Benefits in concentration can be gained by listening to quiet music through personal headsets.
· Apparently, if you listen to certain types of music it can impact on your mental ability;
· Classical music it is great for learning new information.
· Listening to Meat Loaf, Rolling Stones and Status Quo raises your energy levels.
· Mozart is good if you are doing calculations or about to sit a test.
· Creative thinking is increased if you listen to calming music such as Neil Diamond or Tubular Bells. (ugh!)
· Listening to the radio or a player with varied types of music can decrease your learning abilities.
Sometimes research is not always right!