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How to help patients get a better night’s sleep in hospital

Sleep is vital for good health and recovery, but wards are not always the most restful places

Sleep is vital for good health and recovery, but wards are not always the most restful places

  • Getting enough sleep – ideally seven to eight hours a night – is crucial for health and recovery. Poor sleep is associated with physical illness and mood disorders
  • Reports of poor sleep in hospital are high, with noisy and bright conditions on wards and patients being woken up for monitoring or ward moves
  • Practical steps to help patients get a better night’s sleep and examples of good practice, from ward ‘night modes’ to bedtime routines

Getting a good night’s sleep in hospital is

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