Log on for some shut-eye (The Canberra Times)

July 12, 2009 by sa4fa@virginia.edu

The internet keeps some people up late at night, but new research shows it might also be able to provide a way to help insomniacs get a good night’s sleep.

An experiment at the University of Virginia using a web-based program called SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the internet) found that sleep for insomniacs improved significantly over nine weeks.

The overall level of insomnia severity for the insomniacs who used SHUTi fell to a level that was not “clinically significant,” while the control group recorded almost no change.

Dr. Lee Ritterband, speaking at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, said the subjects themselves recorded a marked improvement.