Online Intervention Program Helps Patients With Insomnia (Medscape)

July 15, 2009 by

Patients with insomnia who completed an online cognitive behavioral program had significant sleep improvements compared with those in a control group who were on a waiting list for treatment, according to new research published in the July issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

The study found that over the course of 9 weeks, insomnia severity scores among users of the Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTI) program were cut by more than half, and their sleep efficiency (defined as the ratio of time spent asleep to the time spent in bed) improved by 16%.

“It was a huge improvement and brought people into the normal range, whereas those who didn’t take the intervention didn’t get this improvement,” said Lee M. Ritterband, PhD, from the University of Virginia Health System, in Charlottesville.