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The A to Z of OT: Z is For… Helping You Catch Some Zzz’s

According to a 2002 survey by Statistics Canada approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep.  If you or someone you love has trouble falling or staying asleep an Occupational Therapist can help!  Learn more about the solutions to help you get a better night’s sleep in our post, Trouble Sleeping?  We Have Solutions for You!

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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How Technology is Ruining Your Good Night’s Sleep

Did you know that the use of technology, even having a television on in the bedroom, can disturb the amount and quality of sleep you achieve?  Could our reliance on devices be part of the reason one third of the Canadian population isn’t getting enough sleep?  Learn more about the effects of technology on your sleep in the following from the Sleep Help Institute.

Sleep Help Institute:  How Technology Impacts Your Sleep and What to do About it

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Sleep: Does it Change with Age?

Sleep is one of the most important determinants of health.  Proper sleep helps to restore our minds and bodies so that we are able to effectively tackle another day.  Sleep supports growth and development, and helps with the body’s healing process.  However, knowing how many hours a person actually needs each night is difficult as this differs from person to person and can change with age.

Learn more about sleep and how it can change as we age in the following care of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal:  Sleep and aging: How many zzz’s are optimal to stay healthy?

If you struggle with sleep take a look at our OT-V Episode, Improving Sleep, for some solutions that can help.

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Struggling with Sleep? Try This Helpful Tool

Proper sleep is vital to our mental and physical health, and lack of sleep can negatively affect productivity and function.  If you suffer from poor sleep, know that you are not alone.  Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep.  There are many ways to get help and in all of these, tracking your sleep is an important tool.  Use our free printable Two-Part Weekly Sleep Diary to help you track and identify what helps and what hinders your sleep habits.  Simply print and fill in your diaries before bed each night and when you wake up each morning.

Also check out our video Improving Sleep to learn some solutions from Occupational Therapists that can help.

For more helpful tools and checklists please visit our Printable Resources page.

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How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

News from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine shows that most parents aren’t aware of the amount of sleep their children require, yet sleep is one of the most important factors in proper physical health, growth and development.  With back to school around the corner, now is the right time to get kids back into a healthy bedtime routine.  The following from CBC provides the newly recommended guidelines to help you achieve this.

CBC:  Experts unveil new sleep guidelines for children

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Trouble Sleeping? We Have Solutions For You!

Do you have trouble sleeping at night?  You’re not alone!  There are many factors that can lead to sleep difficulties including: stress, work, family, lifestyle, diet and medical conditions.   Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health, and lack of sleep negatively affects productivity and function.  Check out our OT-V video “Improving Sleep” for OT recommended tips to achieve a better sleep.

 

 

Learn more helpful solutions for living in our OT-V video series.

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Trouble Sleeping?

Do you have trouble sleeping at night?  You’re not alone!  There are many factors that can lead to sleep difficulties including: stress, work, family, lifestyle, diet and medical conditions.   Sleep is vital to our mental and physical health, and lack of sleep negatively affects productivity and function.  Check out our OT-V video “Improving Sleep” for OT recommended tips to achieve a better sleep.

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From A to ZZZ: Achieve Better Sleep

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week across the US and, with the disrupting time change ahead, what better time to discuss the importance of sleep.  “The Power of Sleep” from Time Magazine discusses the value of sleep for your body and mind, and most importantly your brain.

According to a 2002 survey by Statistics Canada approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep.  If you or someone you love has trouble falling or staying asleep check out the latest in our OT-V series:  Improving Sleep and get a good night’s rest.

 

 

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Rest Is Key To Maintaining Brain Health

A good nights’ sleep and taking quiet time for yourself are vital to both physical and cognitive health. But with the hectic nature of our world, how do you find the time? Schedule it in! Take some time each day to enjoy a nature walk, read, meditate or have a nap; your body will thank you! The following from Scientific American discusses the importance of these types of rest and the impact this has on your brain.

Scientific American:  Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime