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Publication Type: Patient Safety Alert
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 2/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

This alert addresses sleep deprivation in long-term care residents and the negative impact on their health. Nighttime sleep disruption is characteristic of long-term care residents and is typically accompanied by daytime sleepiness. Sleep disturbance is associated with negative health outcomes, including risk for falling, and elevated mortality risk among long-term care resident. The three top sleep disturbances identified were noise, light and the sleep environment. The alert provides several recommended actions to facilitate improved sleep quality for the long-term care resident.

Sleep Disruption Linked to Negative Health Outcomes