FOR PEOPLE WITH SLEEP PROBLEMS
You are having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Your mind is busy in the middle of the night and you are not sure how to shut it off.
You are not waking up feeling refreshed in the morning.
You want to be at your best during the day and sleep well without having to take medication.
Poor sleep can have a negative impact on our energy, mood, health and overall quality of life. In order to cope with the aggravation of not sleeping, many people end up in patterns that further worsen their sleep.
You don’t have to suffer.
Often small shifts in habits and routines can give your “internal clock” the messaging that it needs to get you back on track. CBT-i (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia) is an evidence based treatment that can help you determine what you can adapt so you can get the rest that you need.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book” ~ Irish Proverb
Sleeping well is essential to being at our best and participating in what is meaningful to us. As an occupational therapist, I evaluate the factors that may be impacting your sleep and support you to integrate habits and routines that work with your body and your schedule.
We will review factors such as:
- Routines and schedules
- Impact of life roles and responsibilities
- Daytime and evening activity
- Sleep environment
- Light exposure
- Stress, worries, or anxiety
- Beliefs and thoughts about sleep
- Sleep positioning
If you think you may have a sleep disorder or condition that requires medical attention (ie. sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, depression, frequent urination) it is important to see your physician first.
Occupational Therapy for Sleep in Vancouver BC