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Ways to Help Your Patient to Relax and Sleep

May 31, 2016 0 Comments

Yelling “Get in your bed!” or “Go to sleep!” isn’t exactly an acceptable method to encouraging your client to relax and sleep. 🙂

Sleeping Tips for Patients

Help Your Client to Relax and Sleep

Sometimes sleep evades even the most relaxed person – and your client or patient could be one of those struggling to get some necessary shut eye. They could be restless, or having challenges simply getting comfortable. Something may be worrying them – they may feel they’ve forgotten something or feel agitated about an incident that occurred that day. In these instances being able to chat, and feeling that they’ve been genuinely listened to can be a huge tension reliever.

If your client (patient) simply can’t settle down to relax and sleep then try the following:

  • Wash your hands. I always advocate hygiene in all your interactions – for both your safety and the people within your care.
  • Approach and identify your client (by checking their ID band) and explain the procedure for getting into bed or resting. Use simple terms and highlight the benefits.
  • Straighten or change the linens. Double check linens for comfort.
  • Give your client a back massage. Relaxing of muscles can relieve tension and ease pain.
  • Provide oral hygiene. The majority of people brushed their teeth prior to bed throughout their lives – a habit that can help to inform the brain it is ‘time for bed’.
  • Administer hair care. The relaxing affect of having your hair gently brushed is enough to even send me to sleep!
  • Administer a sponge bath and get fresh PJ’s. Feeling and being clean can relieve stress, and also give you the opportunity to check for any physical irritations that could possibly be contributing to discomfort (and disrupting rest).
  • Position your client in the preferred position for rest (if possible), or modify their position for support and comfort.
  • Double check the position and function of tubes.
  • Tell your client when you plan to return.
  • Ensure their call light and bedside table is within easy reach.
  • Do your best to reduce interruptions and noise such as: closing doors, turning off TV’s and radios, and asking visitors to return later.
  • Inform team members of your client’s rest and ask them to reduce interruptions.
  • Schedule medications and caring procedures for times when the client is being turned (if possible).

And of course, be sure to report and record significant nursing observations.

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About the Author:

Olive resides full time in the Training Centre of Back to Basics Care. She assists students to perform activities that take place within a health care setting. Her role here on the website is to keep you up-to-date with research and study outcomes within the health care sector.

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