Most of us can recall a time that we were so tired or sleep deprived that we could barely function. This, in and of itself reminds us of how critical sleep is to our overall well being. If we know the impact it can have on our ability to concentrate and function we need to keep it in mind when we think about the people we are working with as well. I am a huge proponent of daily communication logs which include, among other things, information about the person I am working with’s sleep the night before. Anecdotally, I can tell you that many of the people I have worked with will engage in more frequent and intense challenging behaviour on the days that I have been told they did not sleep well the night before. It makes absolute good sense and is something that I need to consider when I am working with people. On the other hand, if I am aware of someone who is struggling with his/her sleep on most nights I will also offer to develop a program that can be used to help them get more sleep. Behavior Analysis has a lot to say about the types of things that we can do to facilitate a good night’s sleep…ultimately leading to feeling rested. If you want to know more about the best ways to set up your bedroom, and/or the types of things you can do or add to your routine to help maximize sleep then check out my article in the Huffington Post on setting up the right conditions for a good sleep.
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