Sleep deficiency is a common problem in the hospital setting. Contributing factors include preexisting medical conditions, illness severity, the hospital environment, and treatment-related effects. Hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of sleep deficiency that impact multiple organ systems. Objective sleep measurement is difficult to achieve in the hospital setting, posing a barrier to linking improvements in hospital outcomes with sleep promotion protocols. Key next steps in hospital sleep promotion include improvement in sleep measurement techniques and harmonization of study protocols and outcomes to strengthen existing evidence and facilitate data interpretation across studies.
Keywords: Acute illness; Circadian; Critical illness; Environment; Light; Sleep deficiency; Sound.
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