Wind turbines disturbing your sleep? How’s your heart? (United Kingdom)

Feb 11, 2011


“If you sleep less than 6 hours per night and have disturbed sleep, you stand a 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease, and 15% greater chance of developing or dying of stroke”
—Francesco Cappuccio, MD

Editor’s note
:  Francesco Cappuccio, MD, is the Cephalon Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology, University of Warwick School of Medicine (UK).  He is also the Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutrition, and Director of the European Centre of Excellence in Hypertension and Cardio-Metabolic Research.  He can be reached at (his secretary).

Michelle A. Miller, PhD, is a biochemist/molecular biologist at the University of Warwick School of Medicine, where she has established “a programme of national and international research in cardiovascular biochemistry and epidemiology.”  She can be reached at

Click here for the News Release from the School of Medicine, University of Warwick, from which the following BBC article is taken.  Drs. Cappuccio and Miller published their paper in the European Heart Journal 2/8/11, a peer-reviewed clinical journal of distinction. suggests you download the article and give it to your town board and to the wind developers who dismiss WTS as moonshine.  Click here for the abstract of the article.

Francesco Cappuccio, MD

“People reporting consistently sleeping 5 hours or less per night should be regarded as a higher risk group for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality” from the authors’ “Conclusion,” p. 8.

BBC News (2/8/11)

A long period of sleep shortage increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to scientists.

They found most people need between six and eight hours of sleep a night to protect their health.

Professor Cappuccio and co-author Dr Michelle Miller, from the University of Warwick, conducted the research.

They said they followed up evidence from periods of seven to 25 years from more than 470,000 participants from eight countries including Japan, the USA, Sweden and the UK.

Professor Cappuccio said: “If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15% greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke.

“The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions.

“There is an expectation in today’s society to fit more into our lives. The whole work/life balance struggle is causing too many of us to trade in precious sleeping time to ensure we complete all the jobs we believe are expected of us.”

Dr Miller added: “Chronic short sleep produces hormones and chemicals in the body which increase the risk of developing heart disease and strokes, and other conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.”

Professor Cappuccio also warned that getting too much sleep—of more than nine hours at a stretch—may be an indicator of illness, including cardiovascular disease.

  1. Comment by Mark Cool on 02/11/2011 at 11:36 am

    Turbine benefit vs Public Fairness

    Turning the wind into a community’s benefit. It’s happening. The Falmouth wind turbine project at the waste water treatment plant does this in spades. One existing service is treating community waste water, while the other provides, either directly or through a “credit” process, electricity for municipal demand, and in so doing saves the community money. Both provide a municipal purpose for community benefit. To a certain extent, the “rebate” proposed by New Generation has the same effect.

    There is a fracture and a flaw in this “concept,” however, when not ALL in the community realize the benefit. Or realize too late. Acknowledging reasonable annoyance and inconvenience are acceptable losses when weighed against the whole of community good. Or, in the case of Bourne, the acceptable losses are made back by a set price for inconvenience and annoyance.

    The question becomes, What are the non-acceptables? What justice or amount of money could swing the balance of public benefit toward public fairness?

    Here in lies the question. Does a reasonable annoyance or inconvenience cause a gentle man and his wife to stand in the company of their Falmouth community and, through their tears, imply they’re going to kill themselves because they are at their wits end? Is this circumstance, being played out in more than one Falmouth residence along Blacksmith Shop Road, a reasonable residual effect when weighed against the whole of the community benefit?

    At the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals hearing concerning the town bypass of the special permit process for Wind1, the Mission Statement of the Board of Appeals was read. “As the Board of last resort and relief, the town and its citizens must take comfort in an approach which is open-minded, sensible and fair.” I would surmise Bourne echos a similar sentiment.

    Fair? Is a neighbor’s torment that extends well beyond reasonable annoyance or inconvenience fair? Is it ethically fair for Bourne town officials to not take issue with the dangling of a carrot in front of community neighbors, whose budgets may be on the brink?

    After last night’s hearing, I’m left with little comfort. The wholeness of our community (and I mean Cape Cod) seems, somehow, not as whole, without better attention to the truer meaning of being “fair.”

    Laws of society are only as good as the wits the society keeps about them.

    Mark Cool
    Firetower Road
    West Falmouth, MA

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