Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hospital Noises May Disrupt Sleep
This article talks about research showing that noises in hospitals can disrupt sleep. In this study, 12 healthy people were studied outside of the hospital and "hospital" noises were pumped in - like IV machine beeps and talking. Frequently, these sounds briefly disrupted sleep, sometimes without the person's knowledge and sometimes causing brief increases in heart rate. The authors suggest making hospitals less noisy, which may improve sleep, and may help patient's heal faster.