[Skip to Navigation]
Invited Commentary
December 28, 2021

A Good Night’s Sleep in the Hospital

Author Affiliations
  • 1NYC Health and Hospitals, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 3Deputy Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2022;182(2):178. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.7362

Sleep is critical to health. Ironically, hospitals, a place people go for healing, are among the most difficult places to get sufficient sleep. Ambient noise, nighttime procedures, shared rooms, unfamiliar environments, early morning phlebotomy, and frequent vital sign measurements are all obstacles to sleeping through the night. Another factor to consider is maintenance of a normal sleep cycle may help prevent delirium, especially for older patients.1

Add or change institution