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Wellness Support Education for Health Professionals: Supporting better sleep

Developing and maintaining wellness is a key part of recovery from addiction and mental health issues. Health professionals in primary care services, addiction, and mental health services all have a key role in supporting people with the information and skills to maintain their wellness. In 2018, the AOD Provider Collaborative partnered with Counties Manukau DHB to film a series of presentations to educate health professionals on key wellness topics. 

A: Supporting People to Sleep Better 

Karen Fraser, Physiotherapist, Medical Detoxification Services, Community Alcohol & Drug Services, WDHB

Sleep is key to everyone’s mental and physical well-being. People who have experienced an addiction or a mental illness, may also have experienced sleep disturbance which can undermine their recovery. Karen Fraser, Physiotherapist at Medical Detoxification Services in CADS Auckland, has supported many people to establish better sleeping patterns. Our six-part sleep series can be viewed below:

1) Overview of Sleep (5m33s)


2) Where to Start (2m41s).

What stops us sleeping; what helps us sleep; and the difference between being put to sleep and getting to sleep.



3) Four Daytime Requirements (6m40s).

For better sleep, we need to be: physically tired, mentally tired, well fed, and have some morning sun. 



4) Wind Down Time (9m49s)

Here, Karen shares how she explains sleep, and how to wind down by calming the body and the mind.


5) Routine Before Sleep (4m02s)

The importance of developing routines before going to sleep.



6) Sleep Phases and Night Waking (6m34s): sleep cycles, dealing with night waking, managing anxious thoughts and the effects of alcohol on sleep.


This series about sleep has been produced as part of the Counties Manukau Wellness Support Education Series for Health Professionals, in partnership with the AOD Provider Collaborative. Filmed and edited by Moving Media.