Nighttime sleep characteristics of hospitalized school-age children with cancer

Linder, LA., & Christian, BJ.

Abstract
PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study was to describe group and individual characteristics of nighttime sleep-wake patterns among school-age children with cancer receiving inpatient chemotherapy.
DESIGN AND METHODS:
This multiple-case study used wrist actigraphs and sleep diaries to measure sleep for three nights in 15 children with cancer.
RESULTS:
Nighttime sleep was less than that required for healthy school-age children and was marked by frequent awakenings. Individual variation in sleep characteristics was evident.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:
Interventions to promote nighttime sleep in the hospital include system-based and individualized efforts to minimize disruptions and support children's home sleep routines.
© 2012, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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