Why sleep matters (DS-07)

Discussion session
Sunday 12 May 2019, 16:00-17:30
Room C
Why sleep should matter to physiotherapists


More than 50% of the population suffer from sleep problems at some point in their life. Sleep disturbances have a great impact on many health parameters, and can lead to vicious cycles influencing each other. The consequences can be fatigue, increased pain perception, cardiovascular diseases, breathing disorders, metabolic dysfunction, immunodeficiency, reduced performance, an increased risk for accidents and falls, and mental and neurological problems.


  1. Discuss why sleep is a critical component of prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation
  2. Incorporate strategies into practice to promote service users’ sleep health
  3. Raise awareness about physical therapy sleep screening, diagnostic and treatment options