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Hospital noise can slow recovery

USA Today, November 19, 2012
Restless sleep can mean slower recoveries, new research published this year in the Annals of Internal Medicine says. Researcher Orfeu Buxton said research has proved disrupted sleep and sedative-aided sleep are associated with hypertension, attention and memory deficits, depressed moods and more return visits to the hospital. To combat the racket, many hospitals make noise reduction a priority when planning new facilities. David Kuhlmann, a sleep specialist at Missouri's Bothwell Regional Health Center, said facilities should keep taking steps to ease patients' stays, especially for those who are most at risk.