Hospitalization can significantly disrupt sleeping patterns. In consideration of the previous reports of insomnia and apparent widespread use of benzodiazepines and other hypnotics in hospitalized patients, we conducted a study to assess quality of sleep and hypnotic drug use in our acute care adult patient population.
The primary objectives of this study were to assess sleep disturbance and its determinants including the use of drugs with sedating properties.
Patients were also asked to identify factors influencing sleep while in hospital, and sedating drug use prior to and during hospitalization was also assessed.
Over 300 sleep disturbance, effective and supplementation scores were completed.Symptomatic measures, such as increasing fluids, making sure children get enough rest and reducing the spread of the virus (including regular hand washing) should be practiced.For children requiring antihistamines for allergies, a non-sedating antihistamine such as loratadine or cetirizine is preferred.There was a relatively even distribution of males versus females, most patients were in their 8th decade of life, retired, and suffered from multiple chronic diseases.The median self-reported pre-admission sleep duration for participants was 8 hours and our review of Pharma Net profiles revealed that 35 (35%) patients had received a dispensed prescription for a hypnotic or antidepressant drug in the 3-month period prior to admission.