Sleep deprivation is an additional stress for parents staying in hospital

J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Apr;13(2):111-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00142.x.


Purpose: This study aims to describe the sleep experience of parents staying overnight with their children in hospital.

Design and methods: Parents (n = 102) completed the Verran and Snyder-Halpern Sleep Scale following a night spent with their children in an Australian tertiary pediatric hospital.

Results: Parents experienced sleep deprivation and poor quality of sleep, reporting a mean sleep period of 4.6 hr (SD = 2.1). Having only one child in the room was the only variable that significantly influenced the quality or amount of parental sleep.

Practice implications: Parental sleep deprivation needs to be acknowledged and accommodated when nurses and parents negotiate the care of children in hospital.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Child
  • Child, Hospitalized*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Facility Environment
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Deprivation / etiology
  • Sleep Deprivation / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Visitors to Patients / psychology*