Overview of REST Intervention

The purpose of REST is to improve the sleep quality and sleep duration of post-9/11 veterans seeking college degrees. Preliminary research findings within CSU’s New Start for Student Veterans program indicate veterans, especially those with service-related injuries, report difficulties with sleep quality and duration. REST includes a multicomponent sleep improvement program using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) which is considered best practice for addressing sleep problems associated with chronic insomnia.

Our scientific objectives are to establish the efficacy of a combined group-based and one-on-one-based sleep education and sleep-skills intervention to improve sleep quality and duration, and to advance understanding of relationships between sleep-related knowledge and behaviors associated with improved sleep quality and duration in veterans with service-related injuries in college. Preliminary results from a REST pilot study (N = 8) and pilot clinical trial (N = 15) indicate the program is beneficial in terms of reducing sleep problems in Veterans in college.

REST is delivered by occupational therapists with advanced training in CBT-I as a component of the New Start for Student Veterans program housed in CSU’s Department of Occupational Therapy.  For more information, or if you are a Veteran in college and wish to be considered for REST, please contact the REST PI, Dr. Aaron M, Eakman, PhD, OTR/L at aaron.eakman@colostate.edu.