Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital
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Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital

Ela Ury Postgraduate student, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester, Manchester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness of the importance of optimal sleep for older people with dementia in hospital

  • To understand why older people with dementia often need support to sleep well while in hospital

  • To read about nursing interventions likely to improve sleep in hospitalised older people with dementia

Optimal sleep is essential for health, well-being and recovery from illness but can be challenging to achieve in the acute hospital setting. Older people with dementia may find it particularly challenging to sleep well in the unfamiliar and disruptive environment of a hospital ward. Suboptimal sleep may potentially accelerate the progression of dementia. Conversely, optimal sleep may slow disease progression. Nursing staff who care for older people with dementia in hospital therefore need to find ways of supporting them to sleep well.

This article explores the causes and consequences of suboptimal sleep in hospitalised older people with dementia and discusses evidence-based interventions that nursing staff can use to support these patients to sleep well, including person-centred sleep care, changes to sleep hygiene, environmental adaptations and changes to medicine regimens.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1316

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

ela.ury@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Ury E (2021) Supporting older people with dementia to sleep well while in hospital. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1316

Published online: 07 July 2021

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