Sleep Quality

Catching Some ZZZ’s: Why Sleep Matters

How well did your residents sleep last night? According to the latest research, there is a direct correlation between sleep deprivation and the incidence of pain, falls, worsening behavior, anxiety, depression, and the use of antipsychotics in long term care. Traditional nursing care practices such as turning and repositioning, checking and changing, and increased noise can disrupt sleep patterns and result in sleep deprived residents. When sleep is improved it can result in better patient outcomes and improved staff satisfaction.

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This session will provide an overview of the science of sleep, discussion of contributing factors to sleep deprivation, and evidence based interventions for improving sleep. The presenter will discuss a grant program that improved quality by improving nighttime sleep and increasing daytime activities of nursing home residents. At the end of this session, you will understand the importance of helping residents “catch some ZZZ’s.”


  • Provide an overview of the science of sleep
  • Discuss contributing factors to sleep deprivation in elders
  • List interventions that can enhance the quality of sleep
  • Identify best practices for improving the sleep environment