Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
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How much sleep did your clients get last night? Make sure you’re addressing the important occupation of sleep.
We rounded up some articles and a podcast that you can use to educate your clients on how a lack of sleep has serious consequences. If your clients want to know how occupational therapy can help them sleep better, read on!
Several major news organizations have been reporting on the importance of sleep lately featuring interviews with neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker.
This article in the Guardian says, “an adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.”
This piece by NPR featured more startling facts:
We’ve written about sleep before on this blog, including this post with nine ways to fall asleep faster tonight.
Want to share with your clients exactly how occupational therapy would help them with sleep? Have them listen to this recent Everyday Evidence podcast with OT sleep expert Donald Fogleberg.
This OT Practice article (AOTA member login required) examines the ways that occupational therapy can help clients who have sleep disorders.
Finally, if your clients are in a hospital or another inpatient facility this blog post discusses the way those environments can make it difficult for people to get enough sleep. Some hospitals are changing their routines to make it easier—think about ways that you could encourage your facility to modify its routines to help clients sleep better.
Let us know if you have any resources or tips for sleep by commenting below. To comment, please log in to OT Connections (it's free to join!).
Sleep and Driving. Some projections estimate that the driving risk associated with fatigue from sources such as poor sleep (and medications) may be passing alcohol as a public health concern for safe driving. Including awareness and interventions to address problems with sleep is important for occupational therapy because poor sleep may contribute to impaired IADL's including the IADL of driving! . See more information on the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/.../index.html