Sleepio’s six-week course employs cognitive behavioral therapy to improve sleep quality. A WIRED magazine writer recently reviewed the program.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had trouble falling asleep at night. Like many people, I struggle with intrusive thoughts and find it hard to switch off. Bedtime triggers conversation replays, worries about my kids, or my greatest-hits reel of social blunders and embarrassing gaffes. Early waking, hungry cats, tweeting birds, and an insistent bladder have all played a part in my insomnia. Whatever the cause, burning the candle at both ends has me feeling stressed, anxious, and desperate.
That’s how I arrived at Sleepio, a six-week digital course that employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to overcome sleep problems, developed by Colin Espie, professor of sleep medicine at the University of Oxford. Big Health cofounder Peter Hames battled chronic insomnia but found success with CBT techniques after reading one of Espie’s books. The two then partnered to develop Sleepio to bring evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral techniques to the sleep-deprived masses.
I’m happy to say it worked for me. For the first time in years, I’m regularly sleeping for seven-hour stretches.