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  1. #1 Soundproofing Bedroom and effect on physical health 
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    Hi

    Am new to these forums so many apologies if this thread is posted in the wrong place.

    I am getting the bedroom in my house soundproofed. I live in a detached house and the bedroom has 2 external walls and 2 internal walls.

    The room will be approx 2.5m wide x 2.7m long x 2.1m height, following the completion of the soundproofing works.

    There will be 4 acoustic vents in the bedroom, all sited on one of the internal walls, the other side of this wall being an adjoining bedroom which will not be used by anyone else to sleep. This adjoining bedroom will itself have 2 acoustic vents sited on an external wall.

    1. What I would like to understand is whether the room, if well circulated prior to use each night (e.g. by the door being open prior to retiring for the night), will have enough oxygen to actually allow me to wake up in the morning?!
    2. How long would adequate oxygen last in that room (4 hours? 8 hours? Longer?).
    3. If the answer to that is "long enough to be able to sleep and still wake up!", is there any effect on health that is immediately apparent from this kind of bedroom set-up (for example, does lack of quality air, or circulating air, have an effect on (short-term or long-term) health)?

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    I predict that, if you wake up at all, you'll have a raging headache from the build up of carbon dioxide.

    The volume of your room is 14.17 m3 and (according to wiki answers) an average resting human male consumes .36 m3 of air per hour. While that seems to give you about 39 hours of air, it doesn't account for the build up of waste gases (CO2 ​)


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexG View Post
    I predict that, if you wake up at all, you'll have a raging headache from the build up of carbon dioxide.

    The volume of your room is 14.17 m3 and (according to wiki answers) an average resting human male consumes .36 m3 of air per hour. While that seems to give you about 39 hours of air, it doesn't account for the build up of waste gases (CO2 ​)
    What about the acoustic vents on the internal walls, what effect would they have on relative oxygen/CO2 levels?
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    Duplicate post please remove, thank you.
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    Why soundproof the room, is it because you are making noise or there's to much noise that you hear? If there os to much noise that you hear I'd suggest a pair of ear plugs, which I use and are very efficient in stopping all noises. I use these...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Why soundproof the room, is it because you are making noise or there's to much noise that you hear? If there os to much noise that you hear I'd suggest a pair of ear plugs, which I use and are very efficient in stopping all noises. I use these...

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    Its to prevent external noise from being heard. I already sleep with earplugs, and while they help, they don't solve the problem.
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    Well these ear plugs are designed differently, look at them and see if they are the same as the ones you are now using and if not then I'd recommend this type for it does work much better than all other kinds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Well these ear plugs are designed differently, look at them and see if they are the same as the ones you are now using and if not then I'd recommend this type for it does work much better than all other kinds.
    I've tried those before - to no avail.
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    Sorry then for I know what it is like to have a noisy bedroom and not be able to sleep. You could use cardboard egg cartons to line your walls with, I did that once to keep my noises from becoming to loud so others wouldn't be annoyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiidey View Post
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    I predict that, if you wake up at all, you'll have a raging headache from the build up of carbon dioxide.

    The volume of your room is 14.17 m3 and (according to wiki answers) an average resting human male consumes .36 m3 of air per hour. While that seems to give you about 39 hours of air, it doesn't account for the build up of waste gases (CO2 ​)
    What about the acoustic vents on the internal walls, what effect would they have on relative oxygen/CO2 levels?
    I would imagine it would depend on the airflow through the vents.
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    I could use this in my room for me and my girlfriend. It's awkward when the parents come downstairs and I have to tell them "Oh, well, we were watching a romance movie and it had a sex scene in it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    I could use this in my room for me and my girlfriend. It's awkward when the parents come downstairs and I have to tell them "Oh, well, we were watching a romance movie and it had a sex scene in it."
    Wake up, Shlunka. Fantasy time is over.
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    Perhaps you could consider an outside wall vent, or a proper air exchange system if you can afford one, opening on a timer to exchange the air in the room, in this way any external noise interference would be brief and limited. At least this would partially achieve your objective and give you some peace of mind you arn't going to be suffering from CO2 poisoning.
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    You should experiment with soundproofing panels before looking into something too extreme. You know what's worse than a lot of noise when you're trying to sleep? Not enough - who wants to hear their heart beat all night long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Perhaps you could consider an outside wall vent, or a proper air exchange system if you can afford one, opening on a timer to exchange the air in the room, in this way any external noise interference would be brief and limited. At least this would partially achieve your objective and give you some peace of mind you arn't going to be suffering from CO2 poisoning.
    Do you have any links to a decent, and reasonably priced, air exchange system?
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    spidey, your problem is probably (for the most part) a psychological one. Seems to me as if you've conditioned yourself to awake at the slightest noise. Nobody should really be going to these lengths to get a decent night's sleep unless they live inside an aircraft engine or have something wrong with their brain. I'm not a shrink, but you need to somehow stop focussing on noise as being a sleep-preventing issue. Address that issue first, otherwise once in your sound-proof bubble you'll start waking up at the sound of your heart beat. You'll always be looking for the slightest sound to use as an excuse to wake up. A spiral in to madness awaits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiidey View Post
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    Perhaps you could consider an outside wall vent, or a proper air exchange system if you can afford one, opening on a timer to exchange the air in the room, in this way any external noise interference would be brief and limited. At least this would partially achieve your objective and give you some peace of mind you arn't going to be suffering from CO2 poisoning.
    Do you have any links to a decent, and reasonably priced, air exchange system?
    This would probarbly quite easily serve your purpose, reasonably priced is a subjective term depending on your budget and the overall benefit of the item, this being said this isn't the cheapest system on the market. But hey if you're gonna splash out for complete sound proofing anyway then perhaps the cost might well be worth it. This system has the added benefit of being particularly quiet whilst in operation. However I would most strongly advise that you shop around and find a system that meets your own particular needs and bugetry requirements and consider this example only as a source of reference:

    http://www.elecnation.co.uk/site/gre...system-hrv2ht/
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