A study investigating how hospital noises may disrupt sleep and potentially have a negative effect on patient health has gained national attention this morning. The study, which was published in the June edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, simulated typical noises that would be found in a hospital on twelve healthy adults. They found that these noises can be disruptive and have an adverse effect on patients who may not be in the best of health. This study could play a crucial role for how hospitals are designed and influence policies that are implemented in order to reduce the amount of noise patients are exposed to during the evening.
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