The cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I ) program Sleepio improved symptoms of insomnia, depression, and anxiety in pregnant women better than traditional treatment.

Jennifer Felder, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences, and colleagues compared the efficacy of digital cognitive behavioral therapy program of 6 weekly sessions of approximately 20 minutes, and traditional care.

The findings suggested the digital intervention was safe and efficient for pregnant women who suffered from insomnia and did not want to use medications.

The digital program, Sleepio, was accessed online or through a phone application. Sleepio content was based on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia manuals and included 5 main components: sleep restriction; stimulus control; cognitive therapy; relaxation techniques; and sleep hygiene and education. The interactive program was delivered by an animated digital therapist.

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