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What Key Elements Are Involved in Sleep Hygiene Training, and How Do They Contribute to Better Sleep?

Cynthia Hoskins, DBH, MOT, OTR/L, CCTS-I

March 15, 2024



What key elements are involved in sleep hygiene training, and how do they contribute to better sleep?



Sleep hygiene training encompasses a range of behavioral and environmental factors that influence sleep quality. It involves educating individuals about habits that may interfere with sleep, such as avoiding exercise and limiting caffeine intake before bedtime. Establishing consistent bedtime routines, optimizing the sleep environment by addressing factors like lighting, temperature, and mattress comfort, and promoting relaxation through stretching and meditation are crucial components. The goal is to create a conducive environment and promote habits that signal the body to wind down, ultimately contributing to improved sleep patterns.


This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the course An Overview Of Sleep Disturbances: A Practical Approach For Occupational Therapy Practitionersby Cynthia Hoskins, DBH, MOT, OTR/L, CCTS-I.


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Cynthia Hoskins, DBH, MOT, OTR/L, CCTS-I

Cynthia Hoskins, DBH, MOT, OTR/L, is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and a licensed and registered occupational therapist with 28 plus years of clinical experience, including approximately 15 years working directly in the specialized area of mental health. Dr. Hoskins is an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University where she teaches a wide range of courses to graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences department as well as she is a Psych OT lab and fieldwork instructor for a doctoral flex program. Dr. Hoskins has presented multiple guest lectures to college graduate students and other organizations on behavioral health and wellness including mental health and sleep hygiene. She spearheaded a 2021 initiative that involved lectures and one-on-one staff training to reimplement sleep hygiene groups into the psychiatric unit curriculum. Additionally, during her tenure as a doctoral student, Dr. Hoskins conducted research focusing on the impact of insomnia and other sleep disturbances on acute mental illness and the use of effective evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes. Dr. Hoskins is a member of AOTA and TOTA, a CPI instructor, and has received training in CBT for the treatment of Insomnia.


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