With an app of course.
The Sleep Better and Conquer Insomnia app doesn’t sing you lullabies but it does take you through a five-week sleep improvement course based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Devised by a certain Dr Gregg Jacobs, the site claims that the course on the app is more effective than taking sleeping pills.
We’re seeing a new rash of apps that aim to improve you psychologically: the company behind Sleep Better and Conquer Insomnia – Mental Workouts – is at the forefront of this therapist-in-an-app movement (ther-app-y??). Other offerings include Flying Without Fear – another CBT course on an app that helps people overcome fear of flying.
Since psychologists already use computers to treat people with psychological problems through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programmes, it makes sense that positive psychology software would work on phones too.
In fact, having a resource like that constantly on and within hand’s reach could be even more useful than having it on a computer somewhere.
This is what company Mental Workouts has to say about how the CBT app will help you sleep:
“Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has consistently been proven the most effective first-line treatment for improving sleep. It improves sleep in 75-80% of insomnia patients and eliminates sleeping pill use in almost half of patients. And, in three major studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Archives of Internal Medicine that directly compared CBT to sleeping pills, CBT was more effective than sleeping pills. CBT also has no side effects and maintains improvements in sleep long-term.”
Convinced? At £11.99 it’s expensive for an app, but cheaper than a session with a psychologist.
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