Sleep in the Intensive Care Unit: Biological, Environmental, and Pharmacologic Implications for Nurses.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

There is a clear relationship between lack of sleep, poor health outcomes, and delayed recovery from illness in the intensive care unit. Several factors can contribute to poor quality sleep in the intensive care unit, including (1) environmental disruptions such as light and sound, (2) physiologic disruptions such as discomfort, nausea, and pain, (3) psychological disruptions such as anxiety and a lack of privacy, and (4) health care provider-related disruptions, such as medication administration and nursing care. Nursing implications include increased attention to the role of sleep to promote intensive care unit patient's health outcomes and using multicomponent sleep-promoting protocols.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reuter-Rice, K; McMurray, MG; Christoferson, E; Yeager, H; Wiggins, B

Published Date

  • June 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 191 - 201

PubMed ID

  • 32402315

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3481

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-5885

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cnc.2020.02.002


  • eng