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Sleep Therapy App Helps Insomniacs Take Back Control Of Their Nights

Sleep Therapy App Helps Insomniacs Take Back Control Of Their Nights
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Game-changing treatment that's better than sleeping pills.

Ross Brooks
  • 2 may 2014

Sleeping pills are one solution to insomnia, but the number of side effects is legion, which means a new app from one of the UK’s foremost sleep experts could be a welcome new way to get to sleep. Sleepstation, created by Dr. Kirstie Anderson, uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to guide people into the dreamworld, and even claims to be more effective than drugs.

Anderson told Forbes that, “people who have chronic insomnia dread climbing the stairs and going to bed. It’s a life-altering condition that has a massive health and well-being impact.” It’s also a condition that can affect five to ten percent of the population at any given time, which makes the treatment an important tool.

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The app itself, is actually a six-week therapy course, which uses similar techniques that are employed by National Health Service (NHS) Clinics in the UK to treat insomniacs. Anderson is confident in her product, “It works at least as well as sleeping tablets, but without any of the side effects, and lasts for longer.”

So far, clinical tests have shown that more than 80 percent of insomniacs reported better sleep after using Sleepstation. That’s probably because unlike a one-size-fits-all solution, the app can be personalized to each individual’s needs, and responds over time based on how their sleep patterns changes.

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If you hadn’t already guessed, this kind of personalized solution isn’t cheap, with a price tag of around $100. The good news is that the six-week therapy includes a free assessment, which means you can dip your toe in before making a final decision. In the UK, the NHS have even started prescribing the app for insomniac sufferers, which means some people will be lucky enough to get it for free.

Compared with many of the passive sleep-tracking apps already out there, which don’t offer much more than data, Sleepstation could be a relatively cost-effective way for people to do something about their insomnia. Anderson says it best, “
SleepStation really could make a massive difference to potentially millions of people’s lives.” You can check out all of the 5-star reviews right here if you’re still not convinced.

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[h/t] Forbes

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