Anyone who’s ever spent so much as five minutes inside a hospital knows that it’s impossible to get a moment’s peace there.
You can’t relax. You can’t rest. And you sure as heck can’t SLEEP.
It’s bad if you’re a visitor. But if you’re one of the patients… if you’re someone who TRULY needs to rest, recover, and rejuvenate… being in the medical clink could make you worse, not better.
Now – FINALLY – the mainstream is ready to admit it’s got a problem.
A new study comes clean and says that patients in hospitals are practically harassed all day and all night long. It finds (obviously) that people in hospitals – who should be getting MORE sleep – are instead getting LESS.
A whole lot less.
On average, “sleeping” in a hospital means getting nearly an hour and half less shuteye per night.
Think about that. In a hospital, conditions are so miserable that patients are often pumped full of sleep meds to force them to get some rest.
Yet even then, they’re getting LESS sleep than they would at home.
The reason, of course, is not the pain or the illness or any of the other reasons that have you strapped to that bed with an IV leash.
It’s the hospital itself, as 70 percent of all wake-ups are caused by “care.” It’s the noise… the constant pokes and prods… the clank-click-whirrrrrrr of the adjusting mechanical beds… the maniac screaming in the next room… and (of course) the staff.
God bless ’em. They’re doing the best they can.
But they’re not exactly quiet, are they?
Half of hospital patients say they’re woken up by the doctors, nurses, and orderlies who are constantly coming and going.
The obvious takeaway from the study is what every patient already knows: You’ve got a better shot at a full night of sleep in some fleabag motel between a highway and a railroad than in a hospital.
That doesn’t do you much good if you end up in the joint. You’re not exactly there by choice.
But you CAN take steps to get better rest by making a few demands early on: Tell them that you want sleep… tell them that you want to limit nighttime blood draws and vitals checks… and tell them that you want to choose when you snooze.
You can’t control 100 percent of it.
But you’d be surprised at how much of it you can – and how much better you can sleep – just by having that conversation with the doctors and nurses early on.