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Awake Patients in Pain Have Longer Hospital Stays


Awake Patients in Pain Have Longer Hospital Stays

According to new research, pain is responsible for the poor sleep and longer recovery time in the hospital for many patients after undergoing a surgical procedure.

Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit took advantage of the opportunity to present their findings at the 2014 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) this month.

50 patients who had recently undergone a knee or hip replacement surgery were used the study. Measuring these particular surgeries allowed the researchers to more accurately obtain results, as they have a standard pain protocol in place before and after surgery.

Past studies have indicated that hospital staff, light and noise are all serious problems that keep patients awake, so a hospital with quiet hours was chosen to better isolate pain and sleep.

Sleep quality, sleep duration, narcotic use for pain, and pain scores, were all considered in the results:

  • Poor sleep was associated with higher pain scores
  • Compared to the general population, the patients experienced significantly poorer sleep quality with shorter overall sleep times and more awakenings
  • Better pain management led to better overall sleep with fewer times of waking up while sleeping
  • Improving the overall sleep of patients was associated with a shorter hospital stay

Sleep continues to prove itself important in so many aspects of our lives. Tuck in for­ 7-9 hours of rejuvenating snooze every night on a quality mattress to increase your pain tolerance, boost your health, stay optimistic and keep winning big.

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