It’s the ONE place you need rest the most.
But it’s the LAST place you’ll get it!
You’re not in a hospital for fun and games. Unless you’re wearing a visitor’s tag… or employee badge… you’re there because you’re in sorry shape.
When you’re ill, broken, weak, infected, or whatever else sent you to the hospital, you need more sleep than usual.
Yet a recent study found people in hospitals sleep an average of 90 minutes less than they do at home.
And guess what?
The sleep they DO get isn’t GOOD sleep, either. You end up trapped in the Zombie Zone, half-asleep, half-awake, never quite getting rest. And in some cases – thanks to both poor sleep and heavy meds – never really waking up, either.
Poor sleep in the hospital is hazardous to your health
No wonder so many hospital patients go out of their minds with delirium!
And as I’ve warned you before, poor sleep can negatively affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, and even your immune function.
None of which are things you want going haywire when you’re in the hospital. And ALL of which could end up making your stay LONGER.
Plus it sends your risk for falls skyrocketing too.
5 tricks to help you get good sleep in the hospital
But today, I’m here with a wakeup call. Or rather, a good-night message. Because there ARE ways to get the rest you need in the hospital.
Ironically, you have to make a little noise to get the silence and other conditions you need for a full night of (mostly) uninterrupted sleep, starting with these…
A study last year found 70 percent of all wake-ups are caused by “care.” Docs and nurses interrupt at their convenience, not yours. Make it clear early in your stay you DON’T want to be interrupted during sleep for minor nonsense, routine checks, and such. Most of that stuff can wait.2Private room: Ask for one. Heck, DEMAND one if you have to. Sharing a room not only means someone else in there making noise. It also means some else’s bed whirring, equipment beeping, nurses and doctors entering, and family members visiting.
2. Private room:
Ask for one. Heck, DEMAND one if you have to. Sharing a room not only means someone else in there making noise. It also means someone else’s bed whirring, equipment beeping, nurses and doctors entering, and family members visiting.
Here’s another biggie. A study a few years back found hospital rooms are exactly wrong when it comes to lighting. They’re too dim during the day to truly activate the wake cycle, and too bright at night for good sleep. Tell the nurse you want LIGHTS OUT at night.
4. Home sweet home:
If you have a planned stay, pack your own pillow and blanket. If you’re there suddenly because of an emergency, have someone bring them to you when they can. Having your own sleep stuff around you can make a huge difference in comfort levels so you can rest.
You can get an app for your phone that’ll make the sounds of waves crashing, rain falling or just a steady hiss. Whatever it takes, it’ll help drown out the ambient noise. And ask for earplugs. You won’t regret it.
You’ll probably never get perfect rest in a hospital, of course. No matter how hard you try, there will still be noise, light, interruptions, and more.
But if you take action… or have a loved one standing by to fight on your behalf… these simple changes to your hospital routine could give you just what you need for a faster recovery so you can get back home and into your OWN bed sooner.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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