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An Age-Old Problem: Sleeping Soundly In a Hospital

With the constant beeping and noise present in hospitals, it is difficult to sleep well in the place where a good night’s rest is most needed. A post in NPR’s Shots blog reports a new study published in the journal Critical Care which found that eye masks, ear plugs, and melatonin are the key combo for getting a good night’s sleep while in the hospital. Healthy volunteers slept in a simulated ICU, and with all the noise present their melatonin levels dropped significantly. After being given eye masks and earplugs they reported sleeping better, but when melatonin was introduced in the mix, the volunteers slept the best, woke up less often throughout the night, and reported reduced anxiety.

Read the post in NPR’s Shots blog.

Read the study published in Critical Care.