Treatment for sleep disturbance and fatigue following acquired brain injury

Over half of the stroke population experiences problems with sleep or fatigue. These difficulties can persist for years and significantly impact a person’s ability to engage in day-to-day activities, and may lead to a poor quality of life.

Researchers at the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre are trialling two forms of therapy to treat sleep and fatigue problems following stroke. These are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and health education (INFO) therapy. CBT focuses on strategies to improve symptoms, whereas INFO focuses on education and strategies to improve all aspects of health related to sleep and fatigue.

Participants engage in 8 sessions of therapy with a clinical neuropsychologist. To monitor the effects of treatment, there are also 4 sessions with a researcher occurring before therapy, immediately after therapy, and at 2 and 4 months after therapy.

These sessions can be completed in-person for local participants, or via a video conferencing program (Zoom) for interstate or rural participants.

If you have experienced a stroke, currently have problems with sleep and fatigue and are aged 16 or above, we invite you to participate in this study.


Please contact the trial coordinator, Lucy Ymer for further information by emailing or calling 03 9426 8923.

Download a brochure for in-person sessions (PDF 337 KB)

Download a brochure for video conferencing sessions (PDF 320 KB)