Press release Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Patients sleep badly in hospitals

16 July 2018

Patients sleep on average nearly 1.5 hours shorter in a hospital than at home. They also wake up more often during the night and do not sleep in. In addition, patients also appreciate the quality of sleep in the hospital less than at home. This is presented by research among more than 2000 patients in 39 Dutch hospitals.

The research was initiated by acute internists (ORCA research consortium) and coordinated by Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Rijnstate Hospital. 'It is time we pay more attention to this subject now we know how much poorer patients sleep during a hospital stay' says one of the lead researchers, Prabath Nanayakkara (acute internist location VUmc). The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine (16 July 2018).

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Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an Academy research institute. It conducts basic and strategic research in the neurosciences. It examines how the human brain makes awareness, perception, movement, learning, social interaction and other cognitive functions possible. It also studies how brain disorders can disrupt these functions.

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is located in Amsterdam (Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam).

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