Hello sleep OTs,
This is our second newsletter, thanks for subscribing. It’s been longer than we meant it to be since the last newsletter, but there is lots of news!
So here’s the sleepOT news…
On the sleepOT website:
Passive body heating also by Cary Brown – a really practical and low risk method which can improve sleep.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) by Andrew Green and Louise Berger. This is a really useful summary. It is worth knowing about CBT-i for OTs, as it is the most effective and evidence based non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia, as it it increasingly recognised how relevant OTs skills are for delivering CBT-i…more on that below!
Assessment of sleep – We have also uploaded our page on assessment of sleep. This was a real team effort with lots of our contributors sending information. There is a lot to say about this topic, and we have a lot of links and content. We hope this will help those of you who might need to make an in depth assessment around sleep with one of your clients and wondering how to start, or to find new ideas an refresh your practice. If you find something you think should be included there please contact us.
Elsewhere on the internet:
Don Fogelberg (OT) was recently interviewed by The Spin, a magazine based in British Columbia, Canada for people with spinal cord injuries. The interview focused on his spinal cord injury research SCI sleep research, and you can read it here: http://sci-bc.ca/file/2014/04/
New sleep OTs found!
We are pleased to welcome on board various new members to our network (click here), both those who are formal contributors to the site and many more who we have linked with through email, Twitter, and in person.
It’s great to see interest in sleep within the OT profession really taking off!
OTs represented at international sleep conference:
Successful pilot study of CBTi delivered by OTs:
Restoring Effective Sleep Tranquility (REST) is a program at Colorado State University that has been offering group-based and individualized sleep improvement education and support to qualifying Veterans since 2015. In 2015 the Wounded Warrior Project awarded a grant to the REST project at Colorado State University. The REST project’s sleep intervention was designed to include evidence-based strategies shown to improve sleep quality and duration. Sleep difficulties are highly prevalent in military veterans, especially those who have experienced service-related trauma and injuries. Insufficient sleep contributes to poor mental health and can negatively impact all areas of day-to-day life, including veterans’ prospects for success in college. The program is now funded by a CSU donor and is still directed and delivered by occupational therapists with advanced clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Over 40 Veterans have been served with very positive research results, see links to papers.
Here are some links to articles that have been published regarding this work: http://source.colostate.edu/occupational-therapy-program-offers-veterans-much-needed-rest/
Eakman, A.M., Rolle, N. R., & Henry, K. L. (2017). Occupational therapist delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to post-9/11 veterans in college: A wait list control trial pilot study. Sleep. 40 (suppl_1):A140-141. DOI: 10.1093/sleepj/zsx050.377 http://restweb.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Eakman-Rolle-Henry-2017-SLEEP.pdf
Eakman, A. M., Schmid, A., Henry, K. L., Rolle, N. R., Schelly, C., Grupe, C. E., & Burns, J. (2017). Restoring Effective Sleep Tranquility (REST): A feasibility and pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Early online, DOI: 10.1177/0308022617691538 http://restweb.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Eakman-et-al-2017-Restoring-Effective-Rest-Tranquility-BJOT.pdf
Eakman, A., Schmid, A., Henry, K. L., Schelly, C., Rolle, N. R., Burns, J. E., & Pott, C. E. (2016). Restoring effective sleep tranquility (rest): A pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e128. http://restweb.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/REST-Pilot-Poster_final-poster_ammended-Nov-2016.pdf
COT2017 sleep presentation totally full:
Sophie Faulkner presented a 45 minute seminar at COT2017 in Birmingham, and we were all really pleased that the hall, with a capacity of 225, was totally full of OTs wanting to know more about sleep. Sophie was really pleased with the enthusiasm of a number of delegates regarding developing our OT role in sleep. This should give encouragement to event organisers that presentations on sleep are a good addition to any OT event.
Sophie also presented a poster on her previous research which you can view here.
Events coming up:
Treating Sleep Problems in Patients with Psychosis: An Evidence based Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention – 24th January 2018
This is a one day course run by Bryony Sheaves and Felicity Waites (clinical psychologists from the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis Research Group). The intervention approach has a focus which is very compatible with the focus and the skills of Occupational Therapists. You can read about the intervention approach that will be covered in this article: Waite F., Myers E., Harvey AG., Espie CA., Startup H., Sheaves B., & Freeman D. (2016), Treating sleep problems in patients with schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44, 273 – 287
Sophie Faulkner will be attending, and she would love it if other mental health OTs attend. Course info here.
Society for the Study of Occupation: USA 2018 Conference Theme: Sleep and Restoration
The Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO) : USA (www.sso-usa.org), occupational therapy’s only research society, has just approved a focus on sleep and restoration for its October 2018 annual meeting in Kentucky. Watch for the call for papers to submit a short presentation describing your sleep interventions and/or research. This is a great opportunity for sleep OTs to meet, hear each other’s work, brainstorm, strategize, and initiate collaborations. The SSO:USA’s annual meetings are an occupational scientist’s dream of what a great small meeting experience should be–lots of discussion, fresh ideas, networking, healthy food, rejuvenation, social time, and novel occupational experiences reflecting local culture. Kentucky is beautiful in fall and the meeting will include optional participation in the rich traditions of thoroughbred racing. Put it on your calendars! Exact October meeting date to be announced this fall, call for papers to be released this winter. Send any suggestions for
Don’t miss it! SSO:USA 2018–Sleep and Restoration!
The team at sleepOT.org