Article Abstract

Sleep and critical illness: bridging the two pillars at the ATS 2016

Authors: Stuti J. Jaiswal, Atul Malhotra, Robert L. Owens


At the American Thoracic Society Meeting in 2016, a post-graduate session focused on a number of current issues and ideas relevant to sleep in the critical care setting. The prevailing theme was encouraging physicians to consider sleep issues when caring for critically ill patients while recognizing how difficult this focus can be in practice. Emerging evidence shows the importance of sleep to mortality, cognition, and overall wellbeing. The necessities of quality sleep clearly carry over into the inpatient setting.