A good night’s sleep is of paramount importance, reducing hypertension, improving concentration and ensuring that you’re ready for the next day. So when it comes to soundproofing your home, the bedroom is likely one of your first ports of call. But when you want to eradicate noise pollution how exactly do you soundproof a bedroom?
Soundproofing Bedroom Walls
If you’re living in a terraced property or apartment block, or simply in a busy neighbourhood, you may need to consider soundproofing your bedroom walls from noisy neighbours. Depending upon your budget and the severity of your complaint we have a range of options to choose from to get those peaceful nights back
First of all, you need to discover whether the noise complaint is airborne or structure-borne. Simply – is it the sound of your neighbours talking, their TV, dogs barking or the sounds of the street? Or are you kept up by late night washing machines, banging on the walls or machinery in your building?
Soundproofing Bedroom Wall Solutions
If it’s the sound of the neighbour’s TV keeping you up at night, soundproofing the interior of the wall is a more expensive, but much more effective technique. At the Soundproofing Company we offer a three tiered solution:
Our most slimline solution, we will install acoustic plasterboard systems, reducing the sounds of TV and light chatter transferring between rooms. Perfect for smaller spaces.
- Up to 40dB reductions in airborne noise
- Approximately 20mm of space loss
- Quick to install
- Cost effective
When space isn’t such an issue but noise is, we will remove the existing drywall and any current insulation inside of the wall, and replace it with high quality acoustic mineral wool, finished with acoustic plasterboard.
- Up to 50dB reductions in airborne noise
- Approximately 50mm of space loss
- For raised conversations, TV, etc.
When the noise complaint is severe, we will remove and replace existing drywall, fit acoustic wool within the cavity and add resilient bars to decouple the wall from the structure itself.
- Up to 55dB reductions in airborne noise
- Approximately 45mm of space loss
- Reduces low to mid-low frequencies
- Reduces vibration and structure-borne noise
Effective soundproofing is like baking a cake. Anyone can buy all the expensive ingredients required, but if you don’t follow the strict science behind the recipe you’re going to get bad results.
Soundproofing Bedroom Windows
Windows are the biggest culprit when it comes to noise pollution entering your property. And whilst there are certain cheap techniques available including installing blinds or secondary glazing, nothing beats the effects of installing specialist soundproof windows.
Dampening and dissipating the soundwave, soundproof windows prevent noise transmission through:
- Specialised glazing of different thicknesses.
- Lamination of glazing with elasticity reducing vinyls.
- Acoustic seals to prevent transmission around the frame.
- Acoustic foams used during insulation.
- Engineered timber or aluminium structures.
With soundproof windows you can expect a reduction of noise pollution in your bedroom from 35dB all the way up to 51dB and 55dB with secondary window.
Soundproof Bedroom Doors
Doors are the next in line when it comes to letting unwanted noise into your bedroom at night. The sounds of conversations from flatmates can creep under the sweep and disturb your sleep, and a door slamming downstairs can have yours rattling upstairs. So how do you soundproof a bedroom door?
You can install acoustic seals around the door frame to ensure that there are no air gaps between the door and the frame itself. This will prevent sound transmitting around the door, but also ensure that your door is shut tight and won’t rattle at night. However, this will be only as effective as the material of your door – and a light wooden or glazed door will not do much to prevent sound getting in.
Install a Soundproof Door
The best option when it comes to soundproofing your bedroom is to install a specialised soundproof door. Made of thick timber, these solid core doors are installed with perimeter sound seals and door bottoms as well as specialised noise reduction locks and handles to prevent sound entering your bedroom.
A simple soundproof threshold can be a quick retrofitted fix, preventing sound from seeping under the door.
Soundproof Your Ceiling
Do you have upstairs neighbours that like to stomp around at night? Or play loud music at all hours? Soundproofing your bedroom ceiling is a must! Here you have two options:
Decouple Your Ceiling
Your bedroom ceiling can be decoupled by installing a system of resilient bars on the underside of your ceiling, which are then covered with acoustic plasterboards to reduce both airborne and structure-borne noise.
Installing a ceiling isolated from your building’s structure will dramatically reduce the effects of both airborne and impact noise. However, it will encroach on space and is recommended in bedrooms that have a higher ceiling height.
Noise Pollution & Sleep
There’s nothing quite like a peaceful night’s sleep. But when it is disturbed by the sounds of noisy neighbours, airplanes overhead or the morning commute, you can find yourself waking in a poor mood, ill-prepared for the day ahead. However, the effects of disturbed sleep are far more impactful than simply feeling groggy the next day.
Sleep disturbance is one of the seven categories of adverse health effects outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is considered the most damaging non-auditory effect. This is because poor sleep causes measurable changes in the modulation of hormones, glucose regulation and cardiovascular function. These changes cause:
- Dysregulation of your appetite, which can lead to overeating.
- Inhibited cortisol production leads to increased feelings of stress.
- Increased blood pressure and impaired immune processes.
- Decreased memory consolidation leading to worse school and work performances.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, leading to increased mortality.
Continued exposure to noise pollution, and therefore long-term issues with sleep have been shown to have considerable and far-reaching effects on health. In particular, this can have adverse effects on children who require more sleep in order to process lessons learnt in school, and for somatic restorative and growth functions.
If you are done with sleepless nights, and want to soundproof your bedroom to bring back peace and quiet, we’re here to offer expert advice and solutions.