It’s always helpful during a hospital experience for patients to know what to expect. Realistically, one thing to expect is to not receive the very best sleep at night. This New York Times health blog helps illuminate Why Patients Can’t Sleep at the Hospital.
At Tucson Medical Center, staff rounds hourly on patients, while simultaneously aiming to be as noiseless as possible during our 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. quiet hours. Still, nighttime interruptions are medically necessary, so we try to do them as quietly as possible to facilitate better restful sleep.
We are very conscious about the noise created in a bustling hospital and have instituted a number of efforts to limit interruptions: we cluster care, close doors when safe, issue ear plugs, always use quiet voices, turn down noisemakers, and work to keep the overall environment quiet.
But realistically, a hospital is just not the place to go for long periods of uninterrupted sleep.