If sleep were looked at as a continuous infusion of a medication that helped a patient heal faster, healthcare professionals we would think twice about disrupting it, according to an article on The New York Times website.
A study published last year found that sleep affects wound healing, including wounds from surgery or any type of procedure.
Some hospitals are taking this information seriously. Nurses at Yale-New Haven Hospital try to give patients their medications before they go to sleep to minimize sleep disruptions.
Some physicians have suggested giving patients ear plugs and an eye mask.See the latest posts on our homepage