The Effect of Cycled Lighting on Sleep Patterns in Premature Infants

  • 楊 素珍

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Abstract

The care environment of the current ICU wards for premature infants and infant wards tend to expose premature infants to low level lighting or irregular lighting Therefore premature infants who leave mother’s uterus early suddenly lose the information of circadian rhythms provided by mother which will lead to the difficulty in their future development of circadian rhythms as well as affect their physiological stabilization and growth Therefore the main purpose of this study is to understand the development of sleeping pattern of premature infants as well as to investigate the influence of cycled lighting on their sleeping pattern This experimental study enrolled 46 premature infants over the age of 32 weeks at neonatal ICU wards and sick baby rooms in two medical centers in the central and southern Taiwan The subjects were randomly assigned into two groups One was the dim lighting group (control group) in which the infant incubators were covered with opaque wrapping clothes to maintain dim light intensity (
Date of Award2015 Sep 3
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorYing-Ju Chang (Supervisor)

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