Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
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Have a case of the Mondays today? It happens to the best of us. When those Mondays stem from not getting enough sleep, you will probably notice that it affects how productive you are at work.
Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has called sleep insufficiency a public health crisis because of its negative economic consequences due to lower productivity, increased absenteeism, and decreased job performance? Not getting enough sleep is a much bigger problem than a bad case of the Mondays.
Because sleep has such a direct impact on how you perform your activities during the day (including your job), it should be no surprise that occupational therapy practitioners can help you with this very important area of occupation. People have issues with sleep for many reasons—sleep disorders, diseases or conditions interfering with sleep, effects of medication or drugs—and an occupational therapist can evaluate all of the areas in your life that might be affecting your sleep dysfunction.
Occupational therapy helps with sleep promotion by: educating clients on sleep terminology and misconceptions; preventing secondary conditions that are making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep; establishing predictable routines; addressing sensory issues; modifying the noise, light, temperature, bedding, and technology used while in bed; and much more.
Find out more about occupational therapy’s role with sleep promotion by reading AOTA's new fact sheet here.
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I have a case of the Mondays 7 days a week! Between my four kids, their school, activities, my school, and housework, I don't get hardly enough sleep! I am lucky if I am in bed by one and sleep in until 7! Guess I am not alone!