Occupational Therapy for Insomnia

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with insomnia. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with insomnia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with insomnia in several ways:

1. Sleep hygiene education: Occupational therapists can provide education and guidance on developing good sleep hygiene practices. This includes maintaining consistent sleep schedules, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and promoting relaxation techniques before bedtime.

2. Stress management: Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and manage stressors that may be contributing to their insomnia. They can teach various coping strategies, such as mindfulness and relaxation exercises, to reduce stress levels and promote better sleep.

3. Activity and routine planning: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in establishing balanced daily routines and engaging in meaningful activities throughout the day. This helps regulate the body’s internal clock, promoting better sleep-wake patterns.

4. Energy conservation strategies: Occupational therapists can teach individuals how to manage their energy levels throughout the day to prevent excessive tiredness or overstimulation. This can include techniques for pacing activities, prioritizing tasks, and incorporating rest breaks.

5. Occupational analysis and modification: Occupational therapists can evaluate an individual’s daily activities and identify any factors that may be negatively impacting their sleep. They may suggest modifications or adaptations to routines, work environments, or leisure activities to optimize sleep quality.

6. Cognitive-behavioral techniques: Occupational therapists trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) can teach individuals strategies to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs about sleep. These techniques aim to change unhelpful sleep-related behaviors, such as excessive worrying or time spent in bed awake, and promote healthier sleep patterns.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to address the underlying factors contributing to insomnia and help individuals develop skills and habits that support better sleep. It takes a holistic approach to improving sleep quality and overall well-being.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with insomnia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for insomnia

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with insomnia in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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