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Managing Hospital Room Lighting for Patients’ Health

by Leah Greene, JD, LLM on November 7th, 2013

SunMaintaining a normal sleep-wake cycle for hospital patients is a common challenge for health care providers. Typically, this challenge is attributed to excessive light in patient rooms at night. A recent study by Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Institute found the reverse significantly impacts patients’ well-being, too. Hospital rooms with low lighting during the day interrupted patients’ ability to adopt a normal sleep-wake cycle. In addition, low lighting during the day is associated with worse mood and increased pain and fatigue among patients, as opposed to those whose rooms with more light during the day.

Sleep has long been recognized as an important component in health and healing. Health care providers can assist their patients with normal sleep-wake cycles by keeping room lights on during the day or moving less critical patients to available sitting areas with windows that allow for a greater amount of natural light.

The full article summarizing the study’s findings is found here.

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