Presentation Title

Nursing College Students Perceptions of Weighted Blankets

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor(s)

Patricia Harris, PhD, RN, CNS and Luanne Palmer, EdD, MSN, RN

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Hospitalized patients have an increased risk of disrupted, less than restful sleep.The detrimental impact of unrestful sleep can greatly affect a patient's health and overall recovery. Weighted blankets are a form of deep pressure therapy that have been shown to decrease anxiety and improve the quality of sleep. Because the concept of a weighted blanket is relatively new and the benefit is not well known, conducting research on the use and effects in college students may contribute to the limited research that already exists. Through this study, results may be able to offer implications for the clinical setting as an alternative and supplemental intervention to improve the quality of sleep for those admitted in the hospital.

Keywords: weighted blanket, sleep, anxiety, hospitalized patients

Comments

This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Nursing College Students Perceptions of Weighted Blankets

Hospitalized patients have an increased risk of disrupted, less than restful sleep.The detrimental impact of unrestful sleep can greatly affect a patient's health and overall recovery. Weighted blankets are a form of deep pressure therapy that have been shown to decrease anxiety and improve the quality of sleep. Because the concept of a weighted blanket is relatively new and the benefit is not well known, conducting research on the use and effects in college students may contribute to the limited research that already exists. Through this study, results may be able to offer implications for the clinical setting as an alternative and supplemental intervention to improve the quality of sleep for those admitted in the hospital.

Keywords: weighted blanket, sleep, anxiety, hospitalized patients