Introducing an innovative self-help method of overcoming insomnia through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in a mobile app. The Night Owl Sleep Coach provides you education in the form of reading and video presentations created by a psychologist and expert in behavioral sleep medicine. Through the use of sleep logs, the app provides you with recommendations tailored to you. Daily tasks are required as you work through the program. This is not a quick fix program and requires a considerable investment of time and effort. The program takes 56 days to complete, but often improvement will be seen before the end of the 56-day period.
The effectiveness of this app was evaluated in a recent study and the results were presented in a poster session at the Sleep 2018 conference. The results showed that the app is helpful in restoring sleep for those with insomnia. Users who completed the app through the end of the program obtained the best results.
Read here: https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsy061.407
Do you have insomnia? Insomnia is trouble getting to sleep or getting back to sleep after nighttime awakenings which contributes to impairment in daytime functioning. It is the most common sleep problem affecting up to 30% of people. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Most healthcare providers don’t know much beyond good sleep hygiene practices. This approach involves a list of recommendations including don’t drink coffee and get out of bed if you can’t sleep. You may be surprised to hear that these recommendations alone have little scientific support as an effective approach for treating insomnia. The most effective treatment for insomnia involves a multi-component cognitive behavioral approach, commonly referred to as (CBT-I). However access to the treatment is limited by a shortage of trained providers. Although in person treatment may be the most effective approach, a self-guided approach can be effective. If interested in seeing a specialist in person a list of behavioral sleep providers with experience in CBT-I can be found at the following website: http://www.behavioralsleep.org/FindSpecialist.aspx.
If you do not have a specialist in your area or would first like to try a self-guided approach, the information in this app can be very helpful in getting you on the road to conquering your insomnia. The app is based on the best of current sleep science and will guide you through a step-by-step approach to rehabilitate your sleep. Please take the following survey to see if you are a candidate for the treatment approach.
Participation candidate survey:
1. Does it take you longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night?
2. Are you awake longer than 30 minutes in the middle of the night?
3. Do you wake too early in the morning and can’t get back to sleep?
4. Do you have trouble getting to sleep at your desired time?
5. Have you been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder or a seizure disorder?
If you said yes to any of questions 1-4, and no to question 5 then you may be able to benefit from this program. If you answered yes to question 5, please discuss your candidacy for CBT-I with your physician or try to identify a behavioral sleep specialist in your area.
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CBT-I for Insomnia Win!
I have and mild insomnia for 5 years, then it became severe over 5 months. I would lay in bed for 5-7 hours a night awake but yearning to sleep so badly. My body would be all tingly and ready to sleep, but I could not pass into that unconscious state! I tried muscle relaxers, CBD oil, melatonin, magnesium glycinate and a few other things that just failed miserably! I went to my VA clinic and asked for CBT-I and they agreed and started me on it. But I have two small children at home to take care of and the clinic is a good 30 minute drive away so going in weekly to every other week just wasn’t sustainable. So I searched for an app that could be my CBT-I instructor and found this app. I have a strong resolve to accomplish goals and getting thru CBT-I is one of them. I am currently on day 32 of the app program and following it to a tee.
Bless The Lord! It is working. I am going to bed sleepy and falling asleep within minutes and staying asleep! I wake up and get right out of bed at my designated time and stick to it no matter how tempting it is to stay and get some more sleep.
CBT-I has been proven many times over to be the most effective CURE for insomnia and I’m proving to be just another case of success.
Truly follow the instructions, commit to it fully and you will see the sandman again!
Wonderful money spent on this app!!
If you have insomnia, PLEASE use this app.
I've had a depression/anxiety diagnosis for two years now. One of the main issues I've had is early awakening (around 3:30 am). I knew about cbt-i and the basics of how to do sleep restriction, but I needed guidance. I looked for an app for ages but could never find one until Night Owl. Previously, I would go 3-4 days on 2-3 hours sleep and I function best on 8-9. Now I'm getting 7-9 hours of good sleep a night.
Every step of cbt-I will be explained to you. You will need to truly invest in the program. Each week, you learn a bit more about sleep and why you'll be adding that week's step. It will help you calculate your sleep needs and recalibrate your sleep cycle. IT WORKS. You will need to be prepared to let your brain catch up with what's happening, but that's why it takes 56 days. Commit to it and I promise you'll sleep better. I am.
Support is also pretty awesome- they get back to you quickly and know exactly how their app works.
It works. Terrible app interface
I’m 3/4 of the way through the program, and have seen great improvement. I’m pretty sure the science behind this is excellent.
However, the app needs a lot of work!
Every time I open it up it makes me login again. Very frustrating.
Every time I login it asks me if I like the app or not. There are only two answers, yes and no. ‘Yes’ asks me to write a review, and ‘no’ opens an email to Support. There is no way to simply not answer the question and go on using the app.
The app is very text heavy, in terms of reading content. But often, the content does not fit on the screen and I have to pan back-and-forth to read the end of each line.
The sleep journal is very clunky. There does not seem to be a way to record a night in which I woke up very early and didn’t fall back asleep. In fact, I often feel like there’s no way to accurately record the type of night I had.
Several times, a strange glitch occurred where the data I entered into the sleep journal would copy itself over three times creating six weeks of logs out of what in reality was only two.
There are a lot of small issues like this that make the app frustrating to use. But as I said, I am sleeping better and therefore recommend it despite the drawbacks. Also, when I wrote to their tech-support, they were very responsive and pleasant to interact with. I hope they have a new version of the app soon, because it is definitely worth it.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.