'To sleep or not to sleep' in het ziekenhuis

Translated title of the contribution: Patients' quality of sleep during a hospital stay

Liesbeth van Heel*, Ernst Kuipers

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorProfessional


Quality of sleep is an underrated element of the healing process for patients admitted to hospital. A recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine stated that sleep-distrubing factors such as noise and routine hospital activities should be considered more in-depth. Sleep quality is improved in patients staying in single-patient rooms that have an en-suite bathroom; this room setup has been applied in the new Erasmus MC hospital. Noise reduction is one element that can be looked at during the design phase, as well as appropriate lighting and light settings during the night. But also 'routines' such as waking patient early during ward rounds should be appraised, as the current waking-up time in hospitals is as early as 6.15 am. Alternative ways and times for patient interaction and monitoring might be beneficial in more than one way. Even when single rooms are perhaps not yet an option in some hospitals, measures to improve patients' quality of sleep are necessary.
Translated title of the contributionPatients' quality of sleep during a hospital stay
Original languageDutch
Article number2018;162:D3420
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2018


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