Digital behavioral healthcare company myStrength Inc has deepened its evidence-based self-care resources to address the nation’s growing struggle with sleep disorders, insomnia, and co-occurring mental health conditions.
MyStrength’s Sleep program was designed with input from sleep experts Rachel Manber, PhD, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at Stanford University Medical Center, and CJ Bathgate, PhD, clinical and research faculty at National Jewish, Sleep Medicine.
The sleep program will be immediately available to its more than 130 healthcare payor and provider partners including Anthem, Aetna, CareSource, Envolve PeopleCare, Carolinas HealthCare System, and community and county providers across 26 states.
MyStrength’s evidence-based program offers a full approach to insomnia management as well as integrated resources for behavioral health disorders that commonly co-occur with sleep disorders, including stress, depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, and chronic pain.
The program fosters active engagement through personalized, guided interactions and applications based on clinically-proven cognitive behavioral therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) techniques, including stimulus control therapy, sleep restriction therapy, cognitive restructuring, and sleep hygiene. MyStrength engages the user and trains the mind and body to promote quality sleep by building healthy sleep habits and schedules, while building skills to directly address negative habits leading to insomnia.
“It’s been an exciting process to develop this sleep resource with the myStrength team,” says Bathgate in a release. “This digital sleep tool has the ability to help a number of folks suffering from insomnia, while also connecting them to other myStrength resources addressing coexisting conditions, like depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.”
MyStrength offers healthcare payors and providers an efficient and effective consumer platform to address condition-specific and comorbid behavioral health conditions. The newly launched program to Improve Sleep can be used as a standalone self-help program, an augment to professional mental health assistance, or a supplement to existing sleep therapy.
“MyStrength is proud to offer a robust, evidence-based sleep improvement program to help members personalize, manage, and overcome insomnia and its co-occurring conditions. What is unique is that our CBT-I sleep resources are seamlessly integrated into the myStrength platform, which already provides engaging online self-help tools for stress, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and chronic pain,” says Scott Cousino, myStrength’s CEO. “This provides our partners with a broad consumer-centric platform to manage the often-present behavioral health co-morbidities.”
MyStrength programs are delivered via web and mobile devices and available through consumer payers and providers.