Evidence suggests that a lack of sleep among patients during hospitalization can impact their health and well-being.
On inpatient units, patients experience lack of sleep due to noise and multiple interruptions at night.
A pilot intervention to support the initiative, “Don't wake the patient for routine care unless the patient's condition or care specifically requires it,” was implemented on 3 units in 3 hospitals. All the 3 units had experienced patient concerns about lack of sleep at night.
Nurses implemented the project using a purposeful strategy of sleep masks, earplugs, noise detectors, and bundling care.
Positive experiences of those patients who participated in the sleep intervention.
There was multidisciplinary support to promote a better patient experience of nighttime sleep. The experiences across the 3 hospital units were positive for providers, patients, and patients' families.