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Rebecca Ludwig OTR/L; Aaron Eakman OTR/L, Ph.D., FAOTA; Catherine Siengsukon PT, PhD


Background: The occupation of sleep is frequently under-addressed by occupational therapists with their clients. This may be in part because of a lack of general training on addressing this occupational domain or a lack of education about the basics of sleep. The domain of sleep has been in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework since 2008. However, it remains unclear how to address the domain of sleep in occupational therapy practice. Therefore, the purpose of this case series is to describe the practical application of sleep promotion education.

Methods: A practicing occupational therapist with sleep training provided sleep promotion education to five clients following an orthopedic surgery in an acute care setting. A client interview was performed to gather sleep concerns and inform specific content of the sleep promotion education. The clients were asked their motivation, satisfaction, and likelihood to use the education.

Results: A detailed description of each client and how the education was tailored is provided in conjunction with the occupational therapist response to concerns. Overall, the clients reported that sleep promotion education was useful, satisfying, and that they were likely to use the education.

Conclusions: This case series describes the practical application of sleep promotion education in occupational therapy practice in an acute care setting.