A cognitive behavioral therapy app could help improve sleep among patients with insomnia, according to the findings of recent research.

Chung-Ying Lin, PhD, and colleagues compared the efficacy of the app in a group who used it for 6 weeks compared to those who only received patient education to examine the long-term effects of it. The team found that using the app improved sleep hygiene more than just patient education.

Lin, from the rehabilitation sciences department at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the team of investigators delivered the insomnia intervention on a smartphone app. The app was designed on a combination of theory of planned behavior, health action process approach, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

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