Hindering and buffering factors for parental sleep in neonatal care.: A phenomenographic study
2015 (English)In: Disability, Chronic Disease and Human Development / [ed] Joav Merrick, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015, no 5-6Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Parents experience many stressful situations when their newborn infant is preterm and/or sick. This affects bonding. By developing more family-centered care units with single-family rooms, parents are given the opportunity to stay and care for their newborn infant(s) twenty-four hours a day. Lack of sleep may affect the new parents’ ability to handle the situation.
To explore and describe how parents of preterm and/or sick infants in neonatal care perceive their sleep.
Methods This is a phenomenographic study with an inductive, exploratory design. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve parents of infants in neonatal care. Data was analysed to describe variations of the phenomenon.
Four descriptive categories were identified within the phenomenon sleep in parents of preterm and/or sick infants in neonatal care; Impact of stress on sleep, How the environment affects sleep, Keeping the family together improves sleep, and How parents manage and prevent tiredness.
Anxiety, uncertainty and powerlessness have a negative influence on sleep. This can be decreased by continuous information, guidance, and practical support. Skin-to-skin-care is an important source for recovery, relaxation and sleep, and should be encouraged by the nurse. The parents also mentioned the importance of being together. To have a private place where they could relax and take care of themselves and their newborn infant improved sleep. It was also desirable to involve older siblings in order to decrease feelings of loneliness, sadness and isolation. Improved parental sleep in the neonatal care may help the families to cope with the situation, and facilitate problem-solving, emotional regulation, and the transition to parenthood.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015. no 5-6
sleep, parents, neonatal intensive care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117699ISBN: 978-1-63483-029-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117699DiVA: diva2:810378
The Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman 4th International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability and Human Development: ICCD 2015 Jerusalem Israel, 20- 23 January 2015