New Research Proves Effectiveness Of Online CBT For Insomnia
A recent study published in the journal Sleep demonstrated that an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for insomnia was effective for improving sleep in over 80% of patients. Another recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry also demonstrated that an online, interactive CBT program for insomnia was highly effective for improving sleep. The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, found that an online interactive CBT program for insomnia produced clinically significant improvements in sleep that are comparable to face-to-face CBT. For example, wake time after sleep onset was reduced from over an hour a night to less than 30 minutes. Similarly, sleep onset latency decreased from over 30 minutes per night to less than 20 minutes, and total sleep time increased by almost an hour. These results indicate that subjects receiving online CBT achieved normal sleeper status on all measures of sleep. Furthermore, the 55-minute increase in total sleep time is far better than the 30 minutes reported in meta-analyses for face-to-face CBT and sleep medications.
This study, along with the study in the journal Sleep showing that over 80% of patients receiving an online CBT insomnia program reported improved sleep, is consistent with the results of the Conquering Insomnia program showing that 75% of program users report significant improvement in sleep, total sleep time increases by almost an hour per night, and two-thirds of sleep medication users reduce sleep medication significantly or altogether. Online CBT is highly effective, may be more effective than face-to-face CBT, and is more practical and cost-effective.