Sleep Hygiene Education and Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain

Date of Award

Fall 12-24-2019

Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Program Affiliation

Nurse Educator (NE)

First Advisor

Kris Hendrickx


Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a major socioeconomically complex condition, adversely affecting sleep as well as many aspects of an individual’s life including, but not limited to, physical and cognitive function, psychological and emotional well-being, social integration, coping strategies, and ability to work (Artner et al., 2012; Burgess et al., 2019; Kelly, Blake, Power, O’Keeffe and Fullen, 2011; Sezgin et al, 2015; Worley, 2018;). A systematic review identified a gap in practice that is not being addressed in the area of assessment and education in sleep hygiene. With intervention by a nurse using Comfort Theory to effectively assess and educate a patient in sleep hygiene there is the opportunity to provide patient specific education for an effective, lifelong, tool. The patient is allowed to become empowered to be part of their own care which ultimately initiates a cascading effect of more sleep, reduction of pain, increase in function, and increase in quality of life (QoL).

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