The effects of guided imagery on sleep and inflammatory response in cardiac surgery: a pilot randomized controlled trial

The goal of this preliminary investigation was to lay the groundwork to test the applicability of using guided imagery as a sleep-promoting intervention immediately following cardiac surgery. Specific aims include:

1. evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of integrating the guided imagery program in order to promote sleep and reduce the inflammatory response following cardiac surgery

2. identify and describe the differences in sleep patterns (SOL and TST), SQ, stress (cortisol) and inflammatory (C-RP) levels of patients who have used the guided imagery program compared to those patients who did not use the program at post-operative days (POD) 1 through 4.

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