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OT’s Role in Improving Sleep Essential for Rehabilitation

There is more  evidence that OTs can significantly improve the results of rehabilitation therapy if they evaluate the patient’s sleep hygiene. One researcher has recently found that rehabilitation of brain and spinal injuries requires the reproduction of myelin which can only occur with sound sleep:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265678.php.

Becoming proficient at sleep improvement techniques is becoming more and more recognized as an important OT function. This AOTA article explains how Occupational Therapists can help clients improve  their sleep:   http://www.aota.org/en/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/HW/Facts/Sleep.aspx.

Here is an excellent guidelines list for optimal sleep hygiene:   http://grhsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Form-760-0909T-Basic-Sleep-Hygiene-Guidelines.pdf