The impact of dysfunctional sleeping patterns on inpatient mental health facilities
Date: 23/08/2016 Host: @erinnnnn14
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Sleep as an occupation is still a frequently contested concept in our profession. Literature suggests that it is because sleep is considered as ‘time wasted’, something that we are not directly engaging with or something we can influence or direct (Green, 2008). However, the lack of, or dysfunctional sleeping patterns, can affect the occupational performance of the activities that we engage in during the day. Sleep problems can have a detrimental affect on our physical and mental health. Frequently, inpatient mental health facilities offer ‘Sleep Hygiene’ groups to facilitate better understanding of the importance of ‘good sleep’ but is this enough to be able to support patient care and recovery?
I’m currently an MSc (pre-registration) student. I am just finishing a placement in a mental health rehabilitation hospital for males. The therapy programme is rich, varied and tailored towards the needs of the patients however sleep is something that continually affects patient engagement. I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences and how we should best proceed as professionals to better support the patients we work with.
Questions I would like to consider this evening with regards to this are as follows:
- (The big question!) Should we consider sleep as a meaningful occupation?
- What role does OT have with regards to sleep dysfunction?
- How can better sleep routines be incorporated into the clinical environment?
- If sleep is considered as a coping strategy for a patient then how can OT support them to access other means of managing?
- What strategies can be put in place by an MDT to better support functional sleep routines for patients?
- What are the advantages and challenges for the profession with regards to developing our understanding of the role of occupational therapy and sleep?
- What are your experiences, challenges and difficulties in your settings with regards to sleep?
- Final thoughts, ‘lightbulb’ moments and hopes for the future for the profession and sleep.
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PDF of Transcript: #OTalk 23 August 2016