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Sleep disturbances after non-cardiac surgery.

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  • Jacob Rosenberg
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After major non-cardiac surgery sleep pattern is usually disturbed with initial suppression of rapid eye movement sleep with a subsequent rebound during the first post-operative week. Deep sleep is also suppressed for several days after the operation and subjective sleep quality is impaired. The sleep disturbances seem to be related to the magnitude of trauma and thereby to the surgical stress response and/or post-operative opioid administration. Post-operative sleep disturbances may contribute to the development of early post-operative fatigue, episodic hypoxaemia, haemodynamic instability and altered mental status, all with a potential negative effect on post-operative outcome. Minimizing surgical trauma and avoiding or minimizing use of opioids for pain relief may prevent or reduce post-operative sleep disturbances. Post-operative sleep pattern represents an important research field, since it may have a significant negative on post-operative outcome. 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd
Translated title of the contributionSleep disturbances after non-cardiac surgery.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSleep Medicine Reviews
Volume5
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
ISSN1087-0792
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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