Sleep problems include excessive sleepiness, difficulty falling or staying asleep, sleep apnea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome. As you age, medical conditions and medications may cause sleep problems. Determining your specific problem will help your healthcare providers take steps to improve the quality of your sleep.
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index
The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index measures the quality and patterns of your sleep. You will provide answers related to the following subjects when your healthcare provider uses this tool:
• Sleep quality
• Time it takes to fall asleep
• Sleep duration
• Total sleep time vs. time in bed
• Sleep disturbances
• Use of sleep medication
• Daytime problems related to nighttime sleep
Many caregivers agree “Quiet Hour” or “Quiet Time” can help in your recovery from an illness.
Hospitals are very noisy places. This can disturb patients. Many hospitals use a quiet hour to allow you to get a full hour of sleep during the day. During Quiet Hour, lights are dimmed and tests, treatments and visits are limited. Also, staff and visitors must keep their voices down. If visitors are welcome to stay during quiet hour, they must avoid leaving the room and walking in the hallways.
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