Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Quiet Place for Healing

A quiet hospital...what a novel idea!

When spending time in the hospital after delivering my children, I used to wonder, “How can anyone ever get any sleep here?” I couldn't wait to get home so I could sleep - even with a newborn baby or babies (after my twins).

It is nearly impossible to recover from whatever malady brought you to the hospital when there are phones ringing, doors slamming, carts rolling, lights glaring, babies crying, the list goes on.
I have heard this complaint many times

Stanford has one good idea here. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12670944 In this article, “Research shows that noise doesn't merely impair sleep, but boosts stress and exacerbates agitation. In rat experiments, wounds healed more slowly if the room was noisy. Noise also raises the risk of medical errors, according to the Hopkins study.”

I’m all for rest and relaxation but the place where you really need it, doesn't usually offer this all-important component. It is a well-known fact that we repair while we are sleeping and loud noises constantly jolting you out of your sleep can’t be healthy.

Next time you have to visit the hospital be sure and arrive there with your earplugs, night-mask and rainforest sounds CD. Your stay may be shortened and your health may be restored a little bit quicker.

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