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Sleep Disorders

Updated 04 July 2014

Web-based insomnia therapies show promise

A study indicates that insomnia treatment, delivered through a Web-based programme or video conference may help people feel less tired during the day.

Insomnia treatment that's delivered through a Web-based programme or video conference may help people feel less tired during the day, according to a small study from Canada.

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One treatment for chronic insomnia is CBT, which consists of therapist-guided sessions that teach people methods to help them get better sleep. Those sessions include lessons about insomnia, relaxation techniques, ignoring stimuli and creating good sleeping habits.

At the start of the study, all of the participants had insomnia, according to a questionnaire that scores how well a person functions during the day.

"Overall, our study suggests that both Web- and telehealth-based treatments of insomnia show promise and are worthy of further development and study," they write.


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