School of Nursing
circadian rhythm, hospital, sleep deprivation, care
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Walls, Faith, "Sleep Disruptions within the Hospital" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 1216.
The circadian rhythm is a complex and interwoven system within each human being that creates an internal clock each day. However, patients in all hospital settings continue to have their sleep disrupted by many factors. Seep being disrupted in the hospital patients can develop serious complications. To this day, the issues causing have not been adequately assessed and therapeutically intervened with consistency within nursing practice. Using the Whittemore and Knalf Framework, this integrative review will examine the literature on aspects of inpatient care that contribute to circadian disruptions within hospitals. By doing so, the research can be built upon with further research to raise awareness and outline new nursing recommendations for better practices moving forward.