An online sleep program using CBT for insomnia (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – CBTi) has been shown to reduce depression in a study published in the April 2016 edition of Lancet Psychiatry.
CBT for Insomnia
CBTi is the most effective program for treating chronic insomnia and chronic insomnia is a major risk factor for developing depression.
Unfortunately, CBTi is not available in many areas. And individual CBTi is expensive.
The online CBTi that was studied in the Lancet article is now known as Somryst™ and is one that we have used successfully in many patients with chronic insomnia in the clinic.
The study found that depression, suicidal ideation, and anxiety symptoms can be reduced in people at risk for depression by using the Somryst program.
The study is particularly timely since the program was recently overhauled and improved to make it more interactive and effective and is now available as a digital therapeutic (a prescribed app) called Somryst.
All of our patients who have used the app report is is helpful and feel that they have long term benefits from it.
For More Information
Christensen H, Batterham PJ, Gosling JA, Ritterband LM, Griffiths KM, Thorndike FP, Glozier N, O’Dea B, Hickie IB, Mackinnon AJ. Effectiveness of an online insomnia program (SHUTi) for prevention of depressive episodes (the GoodNight Study): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry. 2016 Apr;3(4):333-41. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00536-2. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 26827250.