How An App Can Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

How An App Can Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

The online sleeping program is designed to teach you how to overcome long-term sleeping issues without medication

Marielle Castillo
  • 20 july 2016

We often treat our need for sleep as something optional, but it affects almost every aspect of our well-being. One in 10 people suffers from some form of insomnia, and poor sleepers are three times more likely to struggle to concentrate, and twice as likely to experience low mood. This might explain the popularity of Sleepio, an app that provides personalized therapy to help users fix their sleep problems.


The app creates a customized six-week program for the user to follow, based on a short multiple choice questionnaire about their sleep habits. An online persona known as ‘the Prof’ guides users through the program and suggests some behavioral changes that could be made, teaching users cognitive behavioral techniques—a form of therapy that works by tweaking a patient’s habits and patterns—to ideally improve their sleep schedules.

Along with this, the system also offers other tools like a daily schedule, email reminders, an in-depth sleep test, relaxation music, and a progress tracker. The app can be synced with iOS and Android devices and linked to fitness trackers, including Fitbit and Jawbone.

The app was created after Peter Hames, co-founder of UK behavioral medicine startup Big Health, used the work of Oxford University professor Colin Espie to fix his own sleep problems—the program is rooted in science and backed up by world-leading clinical evidence. A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that Sleepio users spent 10 percent more time asleep of the total time they spent in bed, and they also reported feeling more productive and taking fewer sick leaves.

If Sleepio can successfully provide the benefits of in-person cognitive behavioral therapy through an app, then it could help people all over the world who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this type of assistance. Instant access to the Sleepio program and full support for 12 months is available for $300.


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