Sleep: Vital for Everyone, Essential for Survivors

August 8, 2021

Sleep: Vital for Everyone, Essential for Survivors


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DEB: Did you know that rest and sleep are considered occupations? The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework is a document that we use is occupational therapy to guide the process of what we do in OT and it also explains what occupations are and what they mean. And sleep preparation is a thing in the OTPF and it talks about routines. Bedtime routines to prepare yourself, to prepare the body, to prepare the mind that it’s time to wind it down and get ready to fall asleep. They talk about how routines that prepare the self for comfortable rest are important and then they have some examples; grooming, get your clothes out for the next day, reading and listening to music, saying goodnight to others and engaging in meditation or prayers before bed, determining the time of day and length of time that somebody desires to sleep. And then how much time somebody needs to be being mindful of that and planning for that. And establishing healthy sleep patterns. When you start with these habits you can build them into a routine and then your body just kind of gets used to looking for that.

EPISODE SUMMARY: In this episode of NOGGINS & NEURONS: Brain Injury Recovery Simplified, Pete and Deb talk about all things sleep. In this conversation we cover:

  • Sleep disorder statistics in stroke survivors
  • The effects of insomnia on behavior and emotions
  • How lack of sleep can lead to Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Sleep stages and what occurs in the body, including dendrite formation and learning consolidation
  • The effects of sedatives and prescription medications on sleep
  • Sleep hygiene strategies for people who have difficulty sleeping

Pete and Deb also talk about avoiding caffeine and sugar before bed time to improve sleep quality; the value of routine for sleep preparation and establishing healthy sleep patterns and natural ways to set the internal clock for improved sleep quality.

We hope you enjoy our thoughts and find them mentally stimulating and thought provoking!

As always, we want to hear your top takeaways!


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