Ellyn Matthews Addresses Misconceptions About Sleep Disturbances

Ellyn Matthews, PhD, RN, AOCNS, CBSM, who holds the Elizabeth Stanley Cooper Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, addresses common misconceptions that patients with cancer have about sleep disturbances.

Ellyn Matthews, PhD, RN, AOCNS, CBSM, who holds the Elizabeth Stanley Cooper Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, addresses common misconceptions that patients with cancer have about sleep disturbances.

Matthews says that many patients feel as if sleep problems shouldn’t be a priority for their doctors and nurses, because the focus should be on managing or curing cancer. Also, patients often think that there is nothing they can do to fix their problems sleeping, or may be apprehensive to implement lifestyle changes to help them sleep better.

It is important that nurses frequently ask their patients about sleep quality so that, if needed, they can get the care plan needed to improve their night’s rest.