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Patricia Carter Explains How Opioids Can Affect Sleep

By Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS
PUBLISHED THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1970

Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS, of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, discusses the affect opioids can have on sleep.

Opioid use can affect the respiratory system, causing respiratory depression. This is especially true during sleep, when respiration is already slowed. However, without taking necessary pain medication, sleep can also be disturbed. Therefore, it is up to providers, such as nursing professionals, to properly adjust prescriptions.
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