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Improving Sleep Quality for Stroke Survivors

Have you noticed changes in your sleep following your stroke? You are not alone! It is very common for stroke survivors to experience changes in their sleep following their stroke. Here are some tips and tricks to promote a good night of sleep!

Sleep & Stroke (0:07 - 0:37)

Your quality of sleep can impact your mental health, physical mobility and ability to carry out daily tasks. Poor sleep quality can lead to depression, difficulty with memory, night-time falls, and it can even slow the recovery process following a stroke.

Common Challenges with Sleep Post-stroke (0:38 - 1:47)

Post-stroke depression can be difficult to identify due to overlapping symptoms with other symptoms that occur after surviving a stroke. Post-stroke depression is a treatable condition once identified. Treatment can help improve mood and boost physical and cognitive recovery.

Daytime Habits (1:48 - 2:32)

There are many strategies for improving our quality of sleep post-stroke, including the activities we participate in throughout the day. What we put in our bodies also impacts the quality of our sleep. Building daytime habits can help promote healthy sleep at night.

Bedtime Habits (2:33 - 3:43)

There are many habits we can build on before bed to promote a good night of sleep. Building healthy bedtime habits can help us prepare our bodies for restful sleep and sleep through the night.

Sleep Environment (3:44 - 4:13)

There are many habits we can build on before bed to promote a good night of sleep. Building healthy bedtime habits can help us prepare our bodies for restful sleep and sleep through the night.

Talk to Your Doctor (4:14 - 5:19)

There are also other options for improving your sleep like medication, equipment like a CPAP machine and bright light therapy. It can be beneficial to explore your options first to find what approach fits best for you!

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