In a 2018 study published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, it was found that there were high rates of hypertension and high cholesterol in people who were exposed to loud noises at work – forced to raise their voice or shout to be heard by someone standing a few feet away – for four or more hours a day, several days a week. This shows just how important it is to consider balanced acoustics and noise-reducing approaches when designing workplaces.
As well as noise in the workplace, there might be external noises that penetrate into the office and disturb workers, making it difficult to focus and communicate effectively. This is likely to increase the irritability and stress levels of workers, perhaps even lengthen the working day and make sleep more difficult at night time. On that note, poor sleeping patterns are known to increase the risk of obesity, itself an exacerbator of high blood pressure.