Sleep Reset, a personalized sleep program using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia-based strategies and text-based coaching, was shown to significantly increase sleep time, especially for short sleepers, according to new research published in Frontiers in Sleep.

The study was led by the University of Arizona’s Sleep and Health Research Program.

“Over a third of the US population is struggling with insufficient or poor sleep,” says Michael Grandner, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in a release. “Remarkably, data from Sleep Reset reveals that this program has the potential to significantly extend the duration of their sleep. In fact, no other program to my knowledge has demonstrated effects of such magnitude. Many popular sleep solutions like Trazadone, Benadryl, and melatonin don’t even have the clinical evidence to increase total sleep time much at all. Ambien and Lunesta are known to increase sleep time by around 30 minutes, but that’s much less than what we’ve seen from Sleep Reset. What’s even better is that Sleep Reset is a non-medication intervention, thus non-habit forming and devoid of troubling side effects.”

Sleep Reset’s data showed that the average member increased their total sleep time per night by 44 minutes. For those starting the program with less than six hours of sleep per night, sleep time increased by over 85 minutes on average. The study involved 564 participants aged 30 to 60, with 65% identifying as female.

Additional findings from the research are also promising, according to researchers. Participants who took a long time to fall asleep (over 30 minutes) reduced this time by 53%, those who were awake for at least an hour during the night decreased their awake time by 41%, and those who had more than three awakenings per night experienced two fewer nightly awakenings by the end of the program. 

Furthermore, nearly half of the users stopped using sleep aids after completing the program, reinforcing its effectiveness. This finding is timely given a recent study that suggested an increase in risk for dementia with overuse of sleep aids.

“Many people with sleep issues need options beyond pills,” says Sleep Reset founder and CEO Yunha Kim in a release. “I know this firsthand because I personally battled with insomnia and have tried a lot of things myself. However, accessibility can be a significant barrier when it comes to evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, which often come with lengthy waitlists.” 

Sleep Reset, backed by investors including YCombinator, Foundation Capital, and Stanford University, offers a sleep program employing stimulus control, cognitive restructuring, relaxation training, and sleep hygiene. The program comes with a dedicated sleep coach and an interactive app for tracking progress and learning about sleep science. 

The program was designed with sleep experts from Stanford University, Yale University’s School of Medicine, and the University of Arizona’s Sleep and Health Research Program.

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