Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Sent on 4th October 2016


Hello sleep OTs,

This is our first newsletter, thanks for subscribing!  We intend to send one roughly quarterly.

So here’s the sleepOT news…

On the sleepOT website:

Forum now open:

Our forum is now set up and open.  If you have a question please post it up.  Or if you find out something interesting please share.  Join here (very quick to do): Now that the forum is open, we’d love it if you want to invite your friends and colleagues to join, please do share the website address on social media or by word of mouth.


New content:

We’ve added to our page on excessive sleepiness (click here) and added to the online resources (click here), and literature (click here).

We have brand new content on sleep disordered breathing, which is relevant reading for OTs working in any field of practice:

We are also in the process of finalising some content on assessment of sleep and sleep problems, this is quite a big topic and lots of us have been working together on it so that has taken a bit longer, but watch this space!  We’ll send an update when its online.


Elsewhere on the internet:

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) media outreach on OT’s role in sleep:

One of sleepOT’s newest contributors Don Fogelberg explains the relevance of the topic to our profession in particular. This podcast is part of a media campaign by AOTA to highlight the role that occupational therapists can play in helping people to achieve a sufficient amount of good quality sleep.
Listen to the podcast here:

Edmonton Journal covers University of Alberta research on student’s sleep:

Cary Brown and colleagues at the University of Alberta completed a study with over 1,300 students, finding that a third were getting less then 6.5hrs per night, Cary and her team are working on methods to help students improve their sleep, and therefore perform better at school.

Read the news article here:

Listen to Cary’s interview with the Edmonton Journal here:


Sleep and OT #OTalk:

A well attended OTalk Twitter chat on dysfunctional sleep in inpatient mental health facilities was recently hosted by @erinnnnn14, there was some really interesting debate about this, and the role of OT in relation to sleep more broadly, generating a lot of enthusiasm for the topic. The transcript can be viewed here:


OT24Vx – 27th October (Noon EDT, 16.00 UTC):

Although there are no presentations specifically about sleep this year, it’s soon, it’s free, and you can watch it from anywhere with an internet connection, so we thought we’d mention it anyway.   You can find info, the programme, and how to watch here:


In person events:

Presentation at ENOTHE-COTEC joint congress (Ireland):

Verena Langlotz Kondzic has presented a poster, co-produced with Sophie Faulkner, on the importance of sleep training in OT education at the COTEC- ENOTHE Congress in Galway Ireland in June this year.  We saw a lot of people join up after then so some of you may have been there! The topic sleep was actually represented in three posters and one presentation at the congress. A lot of students and lecturers seemed interested and see that is missing from most curricula.


Canadian sleep society (CSS) conference, 28th-30th April, 2017 (Canada):

CSS Conference is genuinely interdisciplinary and a significant amount of content relevant to behavioural approaches. Usually there are around 600 delegates, and there is also a strong pediatric sleep presence. Cary Brown goes every year!  Trainees are very welcome and the call for poster abstracts is still open.  This year it’s nice and close to the Rocky Mountains for vacationing too:


IKEA collaboration on sleep education (Switzerland):

In Switzerland during the summer a collaboration between the Zurich University of Applied Science and IKEA led to over 90 1hr sleep workshops held in the 6 different branches, with the potential to reach over a 1000 customers. The events were mainly led by OT practitioners and students who had received training on the subject. As IKEA is a global company perhaps there is potential for more OT led workshops in many other countries in the future.

For more information on this contact Verena Langlotz Kondzic:


Sleep and Pain training day – 01.10.16 (Manchester, UK):

Andrew Green is delivering training at Manchester and Salford pain centre with a physiotherapy colleague Pete Gladwell.  Places are limited and the booking deadline is very soon so if you are interested be quick:


Sleep Summit – November 2016, 22nd – 24th November (London, UK):

This international interdisciplinary event is an open forum for discussion of all scientific and clinical aspects of sleep related issues and disorders.  Sophie Faulkner is presenting research on the experiences of people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders regarding sleep.  Some places still remain but late registration applies after 20.09.16, Sophie would be keen to see other OT’s there:


Best Wishes,

The team at