Ear Sleep Aids

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The Use of Ear Plugs as an Alternative Sleep Aid for Hospital Patients The hospital environment can be filled with many noises including monitors, call bells, patients, family and staff. It can become very difficult for patients to get a restful night sleep. Many patients rely on prescription sleep aids to get to sleep. Sleep aids can cause concerning adverse effects, especially in patients that are not used to taking these medications. These adverse effects can include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, drowsiness, memory problems, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, confusion and gastrointestinal problems (Mayo Clinic, 2014). The long term effect which providers are most concerned about is dependency. Once patients are used to taking these medications, some are not able to sleep without them. It can be very difficult to wean patients off these medications. Medications, such as benzodiazepines, can cause dangerous reactions when stopped abruptly. These reactions or withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, shaking and dizziness (Pubmed, 2013). A full night’s rest is…show more content…
Some of these patients are unfamiliar with these medications. Common medications include benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Restoril and Ativan, antidepressants such as trazodone and mirtazapine, and newer sleeping aids such as Sonata and Ambien. The risk for adverse reactions can increase depending on the age and condition of the patient. The site of this project proposal will be on an eighteen bed, intermediate care unit that treats a wide range of patient ages, populations and conditions. The most common patient populations treated on this unit are elderly and patients that use drugs and alcohol. This type of variety of patients will give useful insight into the use of sleep aids and adverse reactions happening in different types of
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