The Influence of Care Interventions on the Continuity of Sleep of Intensive Care Unit Patients

In this small study of 12 patients, the authors evaluate the influence of care on sleep using filming techniques and actigraphy. The authors noted 28 different types of care interventions of which 42.8 percent caused awakening for sleep. The examination revealed that there were 1.8 interventions per patient per hour.  Administration of oral medications and food were the interventions that caused higher frequencies of awakenings.  Health care providers need to rethink planning of interventions to help aid sleep. They off a few suggestions on how an ICU could do this.