Sleep – essential for Good Health

sleeping baby

Sleeping like I should be.


Sleep is essential for good health.  THE most prevalent adverse health impact from giant industrial wind turbines is noise related sleep deprivation.

We’ve covered the fact that Industrial Noise – is always and everywhere a public health issue.

Here’s a letter from Dr William Hallstein, a practising psychiatrist for over 40 years, to the Falmouth Board of Health about the impact Falmouth’s giant fans have on sleep and, therefore, human health.

Jed Goldstone, Chairman
Falmouth Board of Health
Subject: Falmouth wind turbines and sleep deprivation

Dear Mr. Goldstone:

In way of introduction I have been a Falmouth resident since 1970. I am a psychiatrist, my career working its way through its 44th year. Consultation/liaison psychiatry has been my primary setting. In this role one treats patients with combined physical and psychiatric illnesses in the general medical center population, be it medical, surgical or emergency units, in addition to the most severely psychiatrically ill patients admitted to locked psychiatric units and correctional institutions.

I am thoroughly acquainted with the turbine issues and neighbors who are affected. I have made it my business to spend significant amounts of time experiencing the turbine effects. I know exactly what they are describing and have experienced it.

Turning now to the topic of sleep interruption and deprivation. Sleep disturbance is not a trivial matter. Children with inadequate sleep perform poorly academically, emotionally and physically. Errors in judgement and accident rates increase with inadequate sleep and fatigue for everyone: athletes, truck drivers, ship operators, aircraft pilots and physicians. No one is exempt.

In the world of medicine illnesses of all varieties are destabilized by fatigue secondary to inadequate sleep. Diabetic blood sugars become labile, cardiac rhythms become irregular, migraines erupt and increase in intensity, tissue healing is retarded, and so forth, across the entire field of physical medicine. Psychiatric problems intensify and people decompensate. Mood disorders become more extreme and psychotic disorders more severe.

People with no previously identified psychiatric illness are destabilized by sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation experiments have repeatedly been terminated because test subjects become psychotic; they begin to hallucinate auditory and visual phenomena. They develop paranoid delusions. This all happens in the “normal” brain. Sleep deprivation has been used as an effective means of torture and a technique for extracting confessions.

I could work my way thru the presentation of 43 years of sleep deprivation observations, but that is more than the scope of this letter. I am writing because I have witnessed Town of Falmouth officials and members of other boards trivialize symptom reports from people living close to the wind turbines. I have witnessed attempts to discredit people who are being hurt by the turbines.

Sleep deprivation breaks down individual defenses and mimics a broad range of physical and mental illnesses. Let’s hope the Town of Falmouth comes to its senses and stops the abuse.


William Hallstein, MD
Falmouth, MA 02540

That all makes sense to STT, but common sense rarely needs an advocate.

Deprive someone of a decent night’s sleep and the wheels start to fall off pretty quickly.

In the absence of quality sleep, it’s not long and people start suffering mood swings, impaired mental function, lose capacity for abstract thought and – if operating heavy machinery or driving – become a danger to workmates and/or fellow road users.

Next time some tobacco advertising guru or other apologist for the harm caused by giant fans starts mouthing off that there are no adverse health effects from turbine noise, flick them a copy of Dr Hallstein’s letter – a copy of the WHO Night-time Noise Guidelines for Europe – the Executive Summary at XI to XII covers the point – and a copy of Anne Schafer’s brilliant survey of AGL’s victims at Macarthur.

STT thinks they’ll be reduced to arguing the unarguable.  The only response left is, of course, to attack the victims.  Ah, but that takes very special kind of person.


Like a bear with a sore head now – in the morning,
useless to her employer & a danger to road users.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    It isn’t as if people haven’t known about the effects of sleep deprivation for as long as there have been human beings on earth. Just ask a mother with a baby that doesn’t sleep. But the doubters are determined to play stupid – or are they actually stupid – difficult to know.

    Unfortunately it’s not known if it is only sleep deprivation that is the problem, We need to know what other impacts of noise and especially infra-sound will have on the physical body. Even I know that a thumping on soft tissue will cause a bruise, but what of the organs and other parts of the unseen human body?

    So when those doubters say there is no problem, they’re talking ‘through their what evers’ because they actually don’t know, they can’t know, because specific research relating to health impacts of Industrial Wind Turbines hasn’t been done.

  2. Jim Hutson says:

    A couple of days ago I watched a program on Fox, “The World at War”, titled “Prisoners of War”. Of particular interest was the interrogation of prisoners through the use of sleep deprivation, used as a torture, and the results.

    To all the paid liars, used by the Wind Turbine Industry, your days are numbered.

  3. David Mortimer says:

    Just what does it take to get our governments to sit up and take notice, or…are they complicit and are afraid of what a royal commission or proper health study will show?

    Tomorrow, my wife and I are getting out of the district and away from turbines for a few days. We should have gone a few weeks ago but other matters pressed. Now we have reached saturation again and for our sanity’s sake we need the break.

    You know, it’s just not fair!

  4. There are some strange attitudes of wind industry advocates: they don’t appreciate they are turning rural Australia into a place where one will see and hear industry almost everywhere.

    They propose that payment is an antidote for complaints over health and noise nuisance. Strangely, however, paying someone to risk their health in clinical trials/experimentation is unethical…

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