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Note: This guideline is currently under review.
Definition of terms
Family Centred Care
This guideline provides an outline for medical, nursing and allied health staff to maximise the total hours of sleep per day for neonates in the hospital environment. The guideline will aim to provide advice on:
Healthy term neonates usually sleep for at least 16 - 18 hours per day. It could therefore be assumed that a sick term neonate may require at least 16 -18 hours of sleep per day for normal growth and development. Preterm neonates require more than 18 hours sleep per day for normal growth and development to occur:
Cycled lighting which mimics day and night helps to develop normal transition to night-time sleeping patterns
All neonates should be assessed on a regular basis and additional lights should be turned on for assessments.
Quiet time assists neonates to become used to sleeping in dim light and quieter environments.
Lighting should be returned to day time requirements once quiet time ends during the day.
Neonatal sleep maximisation in the hospital environment evidence table
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The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Laura Moore & Amanda Stevens Butterfly, Newborn Intensive Care, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated March 2020.