12.1 Sleep & Rest Introduction

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors putting clients at risk for sleep and rest problems across the life span
  • Identify cues related to sleep and rest problems
  • Identify nonpharmacological interventions to promote sleep and rest
  • Contribute to a plan of care for clients with sleep and rest alterations

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs indicates sleep as one of our physiological requirements. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times according to our circadian rhythms can protect mental and physical health, safety, and quality of life. Conversely, chronic sleep deficiency increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke, as well as weakening the immune system.[1] This chapter will review the physiology of sleep and common sleep disorders, as well as interventions to promote good sleep.

  1. Trossman, S. (2018, November 7). Nurses offer strategies to promote patients’ rest and sleep. American Nurse. https://www.myamericannurse.com/strategies-promote-patients-rest-sleep/


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