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hospitalized patients, interruptions, noise, sleep



  1. Mori, Candace PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ONC
  2. Boss, Karrie MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN
  3. Indermuhle, Patty MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, RNC-ONB, C-EFM
  4. Stahl, Erica MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC
  5. Chiu, Sheau-Huey PhD, RN
  6. Shanks, Linda PhD, DNP, APRN-CNS


Purpose/Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the perceived quality of sleep and sleep disturbances in hospitalized patients.


Design: A prospective descriptive, exploratory, cross-sectional study was conducted at a 172-bed community hospital in Northeast Ohio. A convenient sample of 100 hospitalized patients was recruited from medical/surgical, progressive care, and intensive care units.


Methods: Participants used the Richards-Campbell Sleep Questionnaire to report sleep. A quality of sleep assessment survey was used to collect information regarding 17 factors leading to decreased quality of sleep.


Results: Mean sleep score was 47.92 for each question regarding sleep depth, latency, awakenings, time spent awake, and overall sleep quality. Pearson's correlation showed a significantly positive correlation between measure of noise and sleep score. Five environmental factors were identified as most disruptive to sleep: pain, laboratory draws, staff, blood pressure checks, and intravenous alarms.


Conclusion: The positive correlation between sleeping well and higher noise levels is noteworthy. Raising awareness about the importance of sleep in the hospital setting and introducing interventions to promote a quiet environment and minimize sleep-disturbing factors may increase patient satisfaction scores and improve healing.