Improving sleep quality for patients after cardiac surgery

Conway, Aaron, Nebauer, Monica, & Schulz, Paula (2010) Improving sleep quality for patients after cardiac surgery. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 5(3), pp. 142-147.

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Research has consistently described that patients after cardiac surgery experience disturbed sleep yet there has been limited investigation into methods to improve this experience. Complementary therapies may be a method of addressing this issue. Aim: To determine if using progressive muscle relaxation improves self-rated sleep quality for patients following cardiac surgery. Methods and Results: Thirty-five participants' quantitative data on sleep quality were obtained via questionnaire during their first post-operative week after cardiac surgery.

Qualitative data were obtained through written responses to open-ended questions. No significant differences in sleep quality scores were found between pre and post-intervention of progressive muscle relaxation using the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test. However, the qualitative analysis discovered the intervention aided some participants in initiating their sleep by diversion of thought, inducing relaxation or alleviating pain and anxiety. Conclusions: Qualitative findings suggest that progressive muscle relaxation may help patients who have undergone cardiac surgery initiate their sleep.

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ID Code: 61451
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Nursing, Sleep, Relaxation, Cardiac Surgery, Acute Care
ISSN: 1749-6403
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE AND HAEMATOLOGY (110200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2013 23:31
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 03:40

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