Complaints of disruptive sleep are common occurrences during hospitalization of older people, with unpleasant
consequences arising when disrupted sleep is left unmanaged. This aim of this study was to explore the perceptions of
Chinese older patients on the causes of sleep disturbance, sleeping pattern changes and sleep remedies that could be implemented
to improve sleep quality during hospitalization. Sleep diaries and interviews highlighted that a crucial role of
nurses is to listen and involve older patients into identifying their own sleep problems and sleep-promoting remedies they
consider to work in their favour. Through understanding the sleep problems from patients’ perspectives, nurses can appreciate
the significance of disrupted sleep for the person concerned and effectively design needs-based sleep interventions to
manage the changing sleep patterns and sleep needs of patients in the clinical area.