Key messages

• Normal sleep produces physiological changes which may be poorly tolerated in critically ill patients.

• Many disease states and therapeutic interventions disrupt normal sleep and this may result in serious physiological consequences.

• Sleep deprivation is common in patients nursed in the intensive care unit; sequelae of this disruption include increased catabolism, increased difficulty in weaning patients from mechanical ventilation, and possibly decreased immune integrity.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Have You Been Told Over And Over Again That You Snore A Lot, But You Choose To Ignore It? Have you been experiencing lack of sleep at night and find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning to find yourself gasping for air?

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