Occupational Therapy for
Sleep Disturbances

Common Difficulties associated with Sleep Disturbances 

Sleep disturbances can manifest in various ways and can be caused by a range of factors. Some common difficulties associated with sleep disturbances include:


Sleep Apnea

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)


Circadian Rhythm Disorders


Environmental Factors

Stress and Anxiety

Medication Side Effects

Medical Conditions

Substance Use

How can Occupational Therapy help with Sleep Disturbances?

Occupational therapy (OT) can play a role in addressing sleep disturbances by focusing on a person's daily activities and routines. OT practitioners work with individuals to enhance their ability to participate in meaningful and purposeful activities, which can positively impact sleep patterns. Here are several ways in which occupational therapy can help with sleep disturbances:

Sleep Hygiene Education

Routine Development

Stress Reduction Techniques

Activity Modification

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Environmental Modifications

Energy Conservation Strategies

Assistive Devices and Strategies

Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals