Ellyn Matthews on Addressing Sleep Disturbances

June 1, 2016
Ellyn Matthews, PhD

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, discusses the role of oncology nurses in handling 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, discusses the role of oncology nurses in handling sleep disturbances.

Sleep quality should be a part of the normal nurse—patient conversation, and perhaps even a note on a patient’s electronic medical record, Matthews says. By asking patients how they are sleeping, and how their sleep is affecting their daytime routines can help them get the help they need regarding issues falling asleep, staying asleep, not feeling rested, and having an erratic sleep schedule.