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Noisy nurses were the main culprits of patients losing two hours of sleep a night at an Australian hospital, a hospital-wide survey of patient sleeping habits found.
The six-month study was conducted at Canberra Hospital, located in Australia’s capital city, according to an Aug. 9 article in the Canberra Times. The sleep review examined conditions across 15 clinical areas of the facility, according to the news report. More than 140 patients and 81 nurses were questioned about patients’ sleep, the report stated. Although research also looked at sleeping environments and factors such as temperature changes and light, noise was found to be the biggest cause of increased waking, the article said.