Lifestyle Redesign® for Sleep Disorders
Nearly one third of Americans get do not get enough sleep. Sleep disorders can be difficult to manage due their impact on physical, mental, and cognitive wellbeing. Additionally, many people with sleep disorders also experience other chronic conditions such as pain, diabetes, neurological, autoimmune and mental health disorders. Together, these challenges have a significant impact on daytime functioning and the ability to participate in roles and responsibilities within families, in the work environment, at school, or in the community.
The good news is that there is hope if you are suffering from a sleep disorder. Clinical guidelines recommend lifestyle modifications to support healthy sleep routines that promote circadian rhythm regulation, increase daytime activity to strengthen the need for sleep, and prepare your body, mind, and environment for restful sleep.
USC Lifestyle Redesign occupational therapists will guide you through evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatment options for sleep disorders. Several of our occupational therapists have also received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I, an evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical approach to insomnia treatment consisting of both cognitive and behavioral strategies, is a strongly recommended insomnia treatment from both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Utilizing Lifestyle Redesign, and incorporating CBT-I as needed, occupational therapists partner with clients to analyze habits, routines, abilities and environments, while revealing your personal strengths and barriers to success. Many of our clients benefit from consistent opportunities for self-reflection, learning, and skill development — and enjoy that process along the way. Through collaboration, problem solving and goal setting, you and your OT will find ways to take back control and make more meaningful changes to improve your sleep and maximize function in your everyday life.
We can help you:
- Track your sleep patterns to identify barriers to high quality sleep
- Modify your environment
- Develop a sleep wind down routine
- Establish a consistent sleep/wake schedule
- Reduce worry about sleep and sleep effort with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Implement energy management techniques to continue to engage in meaningful daily activities
- Improve positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy tolerance
- Create health-promoting routines to support eating and physical activity
- Learn strategies to manage other chronic conditions impacting sleep
- Utilize mindfulness strategies to improve sleep-related anxiety
View/download the Lifestyle Redesign for Sleep Disorders brochure.
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