The Importance of Sleep in Stroke Patients

Just how much do we really know about the importance of sleep in stroke patients? A team of researchers acknowledged that sleep is rarely considered in institutionalized patients, and in larger stroke-care community centers. The University of Surrey and University of Freiburg both accentuated the significant role of sleep in patients with stroke.

The study acknowledged the significant role of sleep in the learning process, and in mental and physical well-being to stroke patients. This was after the team discovered that the NICE or the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline on stroke rehabilitation does not address sleep issues.

According to the study, stroke patients have poor sleep quality, and it also recognized the lack of knowledge in sleep in correlation with older people and chronic patients. Although there’s information on the changes of sleep difficulties throughout the stroke recovery phase, the team discovered that vital information remained unexplored, such as the interconnectedness of stroke severity, lesion, location and sleep that is also linked to physical and mental health status.

“A comprehensive and holistic understanding of sleep is therefore needed to improve rehabilitation effectiveness and ensure quality long-term care,” according to Professor Annette Sterr from the University of Surrey and the lead author of the study.

She stated that the recent guideline for stroke rehabilitation issued by NICE, included detailed recommendations that were more focused on the mental, physical and psychological needs of the stroke patient. However, sleep was not mentioned in the recommendation. By large, Strerr added that the rehabilitation program was more focused on the daytime activity and overlooked sleep.

Recognizing the death statistics caused by the stroke in the UK, one of the research recommendations was to give a greater importance to sleep in stroke patients, particularly in the rehabilitation centers. “By doing so this will ensure that each patient is treated fairly, and an appropriate course of treatment is planned and implemented,” Sterr concluded.

 

Reference:

New research highlights need to give greater consideration to sleep in stroke care, http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/uos-nrh031516.php

Author: Amabelle Equio, Ph.D candidate in Nursing at Silliman University, Health, Fitness, Medical Writer, Photography Enthusiast.

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