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Web-based Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia

Web-based Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia

Insomnia and related excessive daytime sleepiness is a troubling trend in the United States. Now, a new study finds that web-based cognitive behavior therapy is effective and can help adults sleep better.

The finding is salient as insomnia has been associated with a range of physical and mental conditions, and adversely affects quality of life, productivity at work, and school performance.

Researchers discovered the adults assigned to receive the fully automated and interactive web-based Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi) intervention had improved sleep compared with those adults just given access to a patient education website with information about insomnia.

The study findings appear online in JAMA Psychiatry.

Lee M. Ritterband, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, led the clinical trial. His team evaluated the efficacy of the intervention from nine weeks to one year and included 303 adults.

The study is significant for although cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) has been established as the first-line recommendation for the millions of adults with chronic insomnia, there has been a paucity of trained clinicians to deliver this much needed treatment.

Internet-delivered CBT-I has shown promise as a method to overcome this obstacle; however, the long-term effectiveness has not been proven in a representative sample with chronic insomnia.

The new research now suggests that Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia provides a less expensive, scalable treatment option.

The proof of concept means that effective insomnia intervention can now be delivered to previously unimaginable numbers of people.

Researchers believe the next step is working out the details.

“Future studies are necessary to determine who may be best served by this type of intervention and how the next steps of dissemination should occur,” the study concludes.

Source: JAMA

Web-based Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2016). Web-based Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2016/12/02/web-based-cognitive-therapy-for-insomnia/113312.html

 

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