Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Does participation in a sleep hygiene educational module improve perceived ability to practice habits supporting increased engagement for leisure occupations in UNLV students? Sleep hygiene refers to a set of rules or practices to promote and allow for better sleep quality. Poor sleep quality is a prevalent problem among college students due to numerous reasons, including poor sleep hygiene. Since there is a strong correlation between poor sleep quality and daily function and given that occupational therapists assist clients to function optimally in activities of daily living despite impairment, it is essential to expand this area of practice to include addressing sleep problems. Using elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), sleep hygiene, and mindfulness, the purpose of developing an educational sleep hygiene module was to increase UNLV students’ access to evidence-based educational sleep resources and improve their perception of their ability to practice adequate sleep hygiene habits, leading to improved occupational performance. After administering the 90-minute module once a week for eight weeks, results revealed a difference when comparing participants’ (n = 29) scores for the pre-assessment (M = 24.55, SD = 4.687) and the post-assessment (M = 17.92, SD = 7.904); t(25)= 5.017, p = <.001. The interpretation of these results could indicate that participants’ perceived ability to practice sleep hygiene habits increased, after attending an educational sleep hygiene module. Therefore, this quality improvement project is significant to the profession of occupational therapy (OT), as it demonstrates the importance of OT in sleep education. It is suggested that occupational therapists continue to expand their knowledge on sleep to further help clients improve their occupational performance.


Occupational Therapy

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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