Long-Term Care

Trainer’s tip: The link between PPS and sleep disturbances

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, July 28, 2011

Another common symptom of PPS is trouble sleeping. Many polio survivors have disturbed sleep due to muscle spasms, pain, or anxiety. Some experience sleep apnea but are not aware of it. Body positioning is important during sleep to support weakened areas and postural deformities. Certain positions may be painful for the resident, and extra pillows may be needed for support. Observe the resident’s sleep at night and manage problems as they arise. Report your observations to the physician. Insomnia, restlessness, and morning headaches suggest obstructive sleep apnea or hypoventilation. If these symptoms are present, the physician may order a sleep study.

This is an excerpt from the HCPro book, The Long-Term Care Nursing Desk Reference, Second Edition, by Barbara Acello, MS, RN.

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