Insomniacs Are Helped by Online Therapy, Study Finds (11/30/2016)

By Benedict Carey.

The same digital screens that have helped nurture a generation of insomniacs can also help restore regular sleep, researchers reported on Wednesday.  In a new study, more than half of chronic insomniacs who used an automated online therapy program reported improvements within weeks and were sleeping normally a year later.

The new report, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, is the most comprehensive to date suggesting that many garden-variety insomniacs could benefit from the gold standard treatment – cognitive behavioral therapy – without ever having to talk to a therapist. At least one in 10 adults has diagnosable insomnia, which is defined as broken, irregular, inadequate slumber at least 3 nights a week for three months running or longer.

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