What do nurses need to know to enable their patients to sleep well in hospital

Alison Hasselder

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This article will discuss sleep and why it is so important for hospitalised patients. It will outline the consequences of sleep deprivation. Sleep is required to recover from illness yet hospitalised patients still complain of not always getting enough sleep. Using sleep promoting strategies and sleep assessment nurses can enable patients to potentially get a better night sleep whilst in hospital. Being hospitalised can leave patients finding it difficult to sleep with patients not being able to get a good enough night’s sleep whilst they are there. This article will discuss the care nurses should provide to help enable patients to sleep better whilst in hospital. Rather than focus on what sleep is. It will discuss why sleep is so important to all patients and what happens if patients are sleep deprived. It will also outline the reasons why patients may find it hard to sleep in hospital.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Archives of Nursing and Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2020


  • Sleep
  • Sleep promotin strategies

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