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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

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People with who receive a digitised version of (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 patients to receive either 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 20-minute therapy sessions people could access for up to 12 weeks.

Patients reported more improvement in their symptoms after 4, 8 and 24 weeks with than they did with sleep hygiene education, the study team reports in JAMA Psychiatry. “This new study indicates that can help achieve not just better sleep, but better overall health and quality of life,” said lead study author Colin Espie.

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