Exploring the Sleep Experience of Hospitalized Adult Patients

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Creative Nursing 08/2012; 18(3):135-9. DOI: 10.1891/1078-4535.18.3.135
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Interruptions in sleep for hospitalized patients have been correlated with decreases in immune function, changes in mental status, and increased stress levels. The purpose of this study was to explore patients' perceptions of their sleep experiences during hospitalization. Structured
interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of patients who had spent three consecutive nights in the hospital. Data was analyzed by content analysis; three themes emerged from the data. The findings from this pilot study will lead to further research in nursing practice as it relates
to supporting sleep and rest in hospitalized patients.

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