Study: online therapy a potent insomnia remedy

Jan 25, 2017, 4:06 AM EST
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(Source: Jacob Stewart/flickr)

According to a study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, a web-based course of treatment for insomnia has shown promising results in relieving the condition. The automated six-week interactive program, called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (or CBT-I), emphasizes on changing how people think about the disorder and can be of vital importance given the lack of trained clinicians.

The study categorized 303 adults suffering from chronic insomnia into a therapy group or control group. Those in therapy group attended the online program few times a week and did homework assignments. The researchers found that this group showed improvements such falling asleep faster and waking up fewer times during the night, the changes that sustained even after six months and one year, reports Live Science.

According to Dr. Lee Ritterband of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, the online program is not a substitute for face-to-face CBT-I but an alternative way to expand reach and accessibility for millions who suffer from insomnia, notes Scientific American.