Summer 2018 newsletter

News from the occupational therapists of sleepOT!

So it’s June 2018, and we have some exciting developments to inform you of: discussion forum launch
We are launching our discussion forum, after some time considering options we decided to locate our forum on LinkedIn.  If you already use LinkedIn great, just join the group, if not it doesn’t take too long to make a profile (it is free).  A lot of people just put a minimal amount of information so don’t worry about adding your whole CV.  We hope you will join us there to share ideas and get a discussion going!  Join the group here, or just search on LinkedIn for ‘sleepOT’
SSO:USE meeting, focus on sleep and restoration This year, the theme of the SSO:USA Conference is Sleep and Restoration and the meeting looks great.  Jo Solet’s theme presentation will be Sleep Rocks!  Half of submitted abstracts included a focus on sleep and restoration, so the program is sure to be packed with research, theory, and practice ideas in regard to sleep OT.  In the Preconference Summit on Sleep OT on 10/11/18, participants will join an exchange with a panel of sleep researchers and practitioners, contribute to small group strategy sessions on catalyzing sleep OT research and practice, and identify key actions in a concluding full group session  Come lend your expertise to this effort!  The Conference will wrap up with a synthesis of what we have learned in regard to sleep and restoration. In addition to all the exciting papers and dialogue around sleep this year, the Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science will be by Wendy Wood.  SSO:USA meetings always emphasize discussion, networking, and renewal.  Time is built in to meet with colleagues, enjoy the Resort, and explore local culture.  Since we are in Kentucky, we will be going to the races!  And in keeping with Kentucky tradition, you are all invited to my house for a music party on Saturday night–bring your voices and instruments!  Check out the meeting at  See there the evolving program as it fills in with session titles and presenters, as well as hotel and spa info.  Since the meeting is during racing season, be sure to reserve your room early!  Discount for early registration ends 8/31/18.  I hope to see in you in beautiful Kentucky this fall!  –Doris Pierce, Local Site Chair, SSO:USA 2018.
SSO:USA 2018 on sleep!
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) Training for OTs, Colorado State University, 22nd-24th June 2018
This two and a half day training will pair case studies with basic knowledge and tools to help prepare the occupational therapy practitioner to begin the supervised delivery of CBTI to adults. To register, visit Hope to see you there! If you have any questions feel free to contact Aaron Eakman or Natalie Rolle at or, thanks!
Successful World Sleep Day Event 
Cary Brown of University of Alberta organized Sleep Share 2018 on 16th March 2018, this was one of the 7 activities the happened in Canada for World Sleep Day.  It was exciting to have 80 registered attendees over the day, including sleep researchers from bench to social scientists coming together to share.  This has got us thinking about what we could do for World Sleep Day next year across the world!
Sleep is recognised by the public – Matthew Walker’s “Why we sleep” remains high in the non-fiction book charts.  Reviewed by Andrew Green.
See Andrew Green’s book review here, which gives you a flavour of what tone and content to expect, as well as a critical appraisal.  The popularity of this book is surely a sign that sleep is being recognised as for the fascinating and important phenomenon that it is!
Best Wishes,
All of us at sleepOT