You Can Now Treat Your Insomnia Through an App

You Can Now Treat Your Insomnia Through an App

About 70 million people in the US suffer from insomnia every year. But thanks to medicine, there are a few efficient ways to tackle the problem of not being able to fall asleep while you’re lying in your bed.

Working out, simply relaxing an hour before going to bed, or just taking some pills are some of those ways to get yourself able to fall asleep while your brain wants something else. But today we’re glad to propose to you a more technological way to solve the issue.

The Sleepio app might be the key

 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK (NICE) recommends people to use the Sleepio app to get rid of their insomnia. Instead of relying on sleeping pills, the app-based treatment is a worthy alternative, according to the institute. And last but not least, using the app can also save you some money. 

The Sleepio app inflicts tailored digital cognitive behavioral therapy for overcoming insomnia by using AI. The software will be on the lookout for whatever may be causing a person to have trouble falling asleep – certain thoughts, behaviors, or feelings. If that’s not convincing enough for you that the developers of the app know what they’re doing to get you rid of your insomnia, you should keep in mind that the app provides a self-help program that lasts for six weeks. That involves weekly interactive CBT-I sessions.

Jeanette Kusel from MedTech and NICE said:

Our rigorous, transparent and evidence-based analysis has found that Sleepio is cost saving for the NHS in primary care compared with sleeping pills and sleep hygeine. It will also reduce people with insomnia’s reliance on dependence forming drugs such as zolpidem and zopiclone.

This is a good example of where a digital health technology can help the NHS. The evidence has shown using Sleepio reduces the number of GP appointments people with insomnia need and will also cut the number of prescriptions for sleeping pills delivered by pharmacists.

You can already find Sleepio in Apple’s App Store.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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