Improving Sleep in the ICU: A Key to Better Patient Outcomes or Much Ado About Nothing

Author(s): Cordoza Makayla L

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Beacon, Behavioral/Psychosocial

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

ICU patients experience poor and disrupted sleep as a result of illness, medications and the ICU environment. This session provides a foundational overview of the causes and consequences of sleep disruption in critically ill patients. Participants are invited to review the latest evidence shown to improve sleep and discuss remaining knowledge gaps as outlined in the SCCM Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility and Sleep Disruption (PADIS) Guidelines. Complex case studies illustrate the relationship between key components of sleep disruption and outcomes.


  • Discuss underlying mechanisms contributing to disrupted sleep in the ICU.
  • Examine consequences of disrupted sleep, including the development of delirium and post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).
  • Identify latest evidence-based interventions shown to improve sleep and sleep quality in the ICU.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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