Solving the problem of sleep in hospitals

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( CNN) When Dr. Joseph Schlesinger‘s mother was in the hospital, it was hard to speak with her by phone above the beeps and blips of medical devices. It was even harder for her to get some shut-eye.

“She couldn’t sleep at all, ” said Schlesinger, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “In fact, it was very disorienting for her in the hospital.”

A noisy hospital — not to mention interruptions by doctors and nurses and sun exposure — can make it difficult to rest when people need it most, according to researchers. And the result of a noisy hospital isn’t just a groggy patient; it can also negatively affect your health, experts warn.

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