Mary Perez


Sleep is growing in recognition for its part in overall health. Sleep is essential to optimal functioning in all people. Its link to psychiatric illness makes it especially important to those in recovery. As we learn more about sleep and its effects, it is important for nurses and nurse leaders to become more acquainted with how sleep affects health and what can be done to initiate good sleep. Since sleep is complex and supporting sleep must be individualized to each person, having a good understanding of both subjects is necessary. Sleep hygiene is a set of environmental and behavioral interventions that are low in cost and easy to put in place. Many people who have been hospitalized have experienced interrupted sleep. This project consists of a quantitative study researching the effects of a nursing-driven sleep protocol on quality and length of sleep in hospitalized psychiatric patients. The study reveals the importance of a team approach to change, documentation consistent with workflow, and maintaining the art of psychiatric nursing.



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)

Level of Degree


First Committee Member

Heidi Honegger Rogers DNP, FNP-C, APHN-BC

Second Committee Member

Ann Taylor-Trujillo, ED, RN, CENP


sleep recommendations for healthy adults, sleep, wellbeing, hospital sleep intervention, mental illness, nursing education, suicide need, bipolar need, psychosis need, sleep hygiene