Sleep and healing in intensive care settings

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. Jul-Aug 1995;14(4):189-99. doi: 10.1097/00003465-199507000-00005.


Maximizing healing in the ICU environment requires active promotion of sleep as a nursing intervention. Changing practice requires a two-pronged approach: developing an expanded knowledge base related to the physiological effects of sleep and especially healing, and minimizing the impact of the traditional ICU system on sleep deprivation.

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care
  • Health Facility Environment
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Deprivation / physiology*
  • Wound Healing / physiology*