The deleterious effects of noise are so obvious that even the Daily Mail recognizes it (in their own special way):
How noise can make you FAT, stressed and more likely to have a stroke. Headline aside, the article is fairly straight forward and thoughtful. Among other things, the article notes that:
According to the World Health Organisation, noise pollution is one of the most pressing threats to public health, second only to air pollution, and responsible for a range of conditions from stress and sleep problems to heart disease and strokes — it can even make us fat.
The piece highlights the known health risks of noise and suggests ways in which readers can bring peace into their daily lives. It’s worth the read, really.