Sanford Fidell Karl Pearsons Richard Howe
BBN Systems and Technologies, 21120 Vanowen St., Canoga Park, CA 91303
USAF, Wright--Patterson AFB, OH 45433-6573
Pearsons, Barber, and Tabachnick (1990) have documented large differences in the findings of laboratory and home studies of the ability of noise to disturb sleep. More recently, preliminary analyses of data collected in a large-scale, in-home study of sleep disturbance [Ollerhead et al. (1992)] suggest a lower probability of awakening than indicated by a dosage--response relationship recommended by Federal Interagency Committee on Noise [FICON (1992)]. The U.S. Air Force is currently conducting an in-home study of sleep disturbance, intended in part to clarify several issues not fully resolved in prior work. These include the definition of sleep disturbance and the temporal linkage between noise exposure and sleep disturbance. The rationale, design, and progress of the Air Force study are described.