Most people have experienced a good night’s sleep at some point in their life, and consequently know when they have not had a good night’s sleep. The quality of your sleep has a significant impact on the other aspects of your life – your thinking, feeling, and doing. Occupational therapists view sleep as an occupation (meaningful activity) in itself, as it as something that impacts on your ability to do all the other activities that are important to you. When you have a chronic health condition, persistent pain or mental illness, the quality of your sleep can be impacted, and conversely, poor sleep can have a significant impact on your other symptoms.
Occupational therapists have a unique ability to be able to assess your sleep circumstance and recommend changes to your environment, habits and routines, thoughts and behaviours, with the goal of improving the quality of your sleep. This may involve an interview to assess factors associated with your sleep and your goals, a home assessment to review your sleeping environment, as well as monitoring of certain factors relating to sleep, such as day time activity. Once a comprehensive assessment has been conducted, we can then work together with you to modify your environment, and make changes and adaptations aimed at improving the quality of your sleep.”