How to promote patients’ sleep in hospital
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How to promote patients’ sleep in hospital

Irene Gilsenan Practice development coordinator (evidence-based practice), Learning and Development Department, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, England
Rationale and key points

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.

Reflective activity

‘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.

How you could use this article to educate your colleagues.

Nursing Standard. 31, 28, 42-44. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10599


Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 July 2016

Accepted: 20 December 2016

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