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Practical Strategies to Improve Sleep and Circadian Disruption for Hospitalized Patients

Author(s): Makayla Cordoza

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Delirium, MultiSystem

Population: Adult, Pediatric

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 and circadian disruption in critically ill patients. Participants are invited to review the latest evidence shown to improve sleep and circadian alignment, and discuss remaining knowledge gaps. Complex case studies illustrate the relationship between key components of sleep disruption and outcomes.


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

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

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


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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