Can’t Sleep? Log On (Live Science)

July 9, 2009 by sa4fa@virginia.edu

It is estimated that as many as one American in ten meet the criteria for an insomnia disorder; if effective treatment can be offered in an inexpensive automated form, many more people could be helped.

SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet) is an automated online treatment system to help people with insomnia. A recent study claimed that SHUTI offered clinical outcomes that were as good or better than those achieved with a course of personalized treatment by a therapist.

Lee M. Ritterband of the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, and colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of an Internet intervention based on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques among 44 adults (average age 44.9) who had a history of sleep difficulties lasting longer than 10 years on average. A total of 22 participants were randomly assigned to a control group and 22 received the Internet intervention, SHUTi.

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