Research shows that even short amounts of sleep loss among hospital patients were associated with higher blood pressure and blood sugar levels during hospitalization. Other research has focused on delirium in sleep-deprived patients, as well as hospital readmission rates.

A survey of Medicare patients also showed that only 62 percent of hospital patients reported their room was kept quiet at night. In one study, about 1,100 patients were admitted to either a standard unit or a SIESTA-enhanced unit. In the SIESTA — Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act –unit, clinicians were taught how to improve patient sleep, while those in the standard unit were not. The SIESTA program also used “nudges” through patients’ electronic health records to have staff skip unnecessary nighttime vital signs checks or medication doses.

Sleep is a vital component of patients’ recoveries. To learn more about the importance of sleep visit us at SelfCare for HealthCare™.  Interested in LeAnn Thieman’s keynote speaking, training and workshops? Email lthieman@leannthieman.com.