The discipline of nursing is concerned with human responses in illness and wellness at individual, family, and community levels of practice. Sleep and circadian rhythms are biological processes that can influence wellness and illness, or can be altered by illness and adverse environments. As yet, however, there is no established curriculum for sleep or chronobiology in undergraduate or graduate nursing education. This paper provides a consensus by expert nurses in the field of sleep and circadian rhythm disorders that can be used for undergraduate and graduate levels of nursing education as well as a basis for beginning research and practice on sleep and health consequences of sleep loss.
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