Evidence & Practice
How to promote patients' sleep in hospital
Disturbed or disrupted sleep is associated with adverse effects on physical and psychological health. This article explores the importance of promoting patients' sleep in hospital, although some of the principles can be applied to other healthcare settings. Sleep is essential to recovery and well-being, and nurses are well placed to support patients to achieve and sustain sleep.
Sleep has a restorative function and is particularly important in maintaining patients' health and well-being.
Sleep deficit has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Assessment of patients' sleep routines and patterns, and consideration of environmental factors enables nurses to identify that which assists and limits sleep, and take appropriate action.
‘How to’ articles can help you update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of:
How you think this article will change your practice when promoting sleep in patients in your care.
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Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10599Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software
Received: 03 July 2016
Accepted: 20 December 2016
Published online: 28 February 2017