Digital CBT-I is Effective for Insomnia During Pregnancy
Over half of pregnant women experience clinical insomnia, which is linked to perinatal depression and cognitive-emotional dysregulation. A new study examined the efficacy digital CBT-I via a mobile app in pregnant women with insomnia. Ninety-one pregnant women nearing or entering the third trimester with insomnia were randomized to digital CBT-I or digital sleep education control. The study found that CBT-I patients reported reductions in insomnia, and increases in nightly sleep duration by over a half hour. Insomnia symptoms did not change during pregnancy in the control group. After childbirth, CBT-I patients slept longer than control patients by 40 minutes per night. The researchers concluded that digital CBT-I reduces insomnia and increases sleep duration during pregnancy and after childbirth.