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Night-shift napping

02 January 2008

Nursing Standard


Fatigue can be a major problem for nurses working night shifts and could put patient care at risk. Taking brief naps may help.

The importance of sleep

03 March 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Sleep is a complex function which nurses need to understand if they are to help patients to avoid sleep problems, in short- or long-term care settings. This article...

Nursing interventions to alleviate insomnia

27 May 2012

Nursing Older People

A&S Science

Insomnia or disturbed sleep is experienced by many older people and has adverse effects on physical and psychological health. Nurses should be aware of insomnia and...

Promoting healthy sleep

09 March 2016

Nursing Standard


Nurses are accustomed to helping others with their sleep problems and dealing with issues such as pain that may delay or interrupt sleep. However, they may be less...

How to promote patients' sleep in hospital

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Rationale and key points Rationale and key points Disturbed or disrupted sleep is associated with adverse effects on physical and psychological health. This article...

Understanding the physiology of sleep and promoting effective routines with infants in hospital and at home

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence & practice

Sleep is a biological necessity. Infants are unique individuals and what can be regarded as normal for one infant and his or her family may be considered a problem...

Bedtime blues

19 July 2005

Nursing Standard

General article

All new parents expect some broken nights but when a child’s wakefulness becomes excessive it can lead to exhaustion and even marital breakdown. Sleep counsellors...

Understanding primary insomnia in older people

22 April 2009

Nursing Older People


An adequate quantity and quality of sleep are important to maintain health. Insomnia is common and can result in significant distress and impaired daytime...

Health visitor-run adult sleep clinics

23 June 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Two sleep clinics run by health visitors were set up in Dundee to provide a brief, time-limited programme of advice and treatment for adults with insomnia and...

Body shape distortion: promoting postural care at night

04 September 2009

Learning Disability Practice


A child’s night-time sleeping position is important because a destructive lying posture can, over time, distort a child’s body shape. This can reduce the capacity of...