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People with insomnia may find more symptom relief with e-therapy

Patients reported more improvement in their insomnia symptoms after 4, 8 and 24 weeks


People with insomnia who receive a digitised version of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as part of their treatment may find more symptom relief than those who only receive tips to improve their sleep routines, a recent experiment suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,700 insomnia patients to receive either digital CBT or so-called sleep hygiene education designed to improve bedtime routines and encourage avoidance of substances like caffeine and alcohol that can interfere with sleep. The CBT group used the online Sleepio program and an associated iOS app, which offered a series of ...

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First Published: Sat, November 03 2018. 22:42 IST