NCBI ROFL: No. You will never be able to sleep through a sonic boom.

By ncbi rofl | January 10, 2012 6:40 pm

Disturbance of sleep by sonic booms.

“After a pilot study (2 subjects, 19 nights) we tested two different subjects during 57 nights, administering sonic booms (1 mb, 300 ms; sound level of sonic boom in the bedroom 80-85 dB (A) and recording EEG and peripheral blood volume. After 7 nights without noise, 30 nights with either 2 or 4 sonic booms (alternately) were applied. After 10 more nights without noise, four nights with 8 and 16 bangs followed alternately. The last 6 nights were used as a comparison phase. Results showed that distrubance was obvious during all periods of noise. No adaptation could be observed during any of the experiments. On the contrary, during the night with 4 bangs there was a tendency for compensation, e.g., in the last two thirds of nights with 4 bangs, the total time of deep sleep was comparable with the nights without any noise.”

Photo: flickr/GeoffGabriel

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  • JakeR

    This is pathetic, not least because of the tiny sample. When I was aboard an aircraft carrier, we had frequent underway replenishment, mostly at night. When the steel straps holding together a pallet of bombs were cut, they struck the deck with a resounding bang that was painful (at least 120 DbSPL:) when I was awake. When I was asleep, the sound never woke me. Yes, I am sure that the pallets were broken down while I was asleep because I saw them on the hangar deck in the morning.


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