CBT-i Coach 12+

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.3 • 6 Ratings
    • Free

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CBT-i Coach is for people who are engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with a health provider, or who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. The app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.

CBT-i Coach is intended to augment face-to-face care with a healthcare professional. It can be used on its own, but it is not intended to replace therapy for those who need it.

CBT-i Coach is based on the therapy manual, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Veterans, by Rachel Manber, Ph.D., Leah Friedman, Ph.D., Colleen Carney, Ph.D., Jack Edinger, Ph.D., Dana Epstein, Ph.D., Patricia Haynes, Ph.D., Wilfred Pigeon, Ph.D. and Allison Siebern, Ph.D. CBT-i has been shown to be efficacious for insomnia for both Veterans and civilians.

CBT-i Coach was a collaborative effort between VA’s National Center for PTSD, Stanford School of Medicine, and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

What’s New

Version 2.5

* Fixed crashing of the old-style Quiet Your Mind exercises
* Updated.csv file export to include "Time Awake" column and hh:mm formatted durations
* Updated crisis resources and substance abuse resources

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Nbishara ,

Free and very helpful in conjunction with CBTi book

I know that this is designed to be used in conjunction with a real live therapist and admittedly I am a psychologist myself, although not trained in cbti specifically, so I may have a head start.

However, I found that in conjunction with a good cbti manual (I'm using Colin Espie's), this app is really helpful for recording and tracking sleep, with some straightforward tips and tricks on "sleep habits", aka sleep hygiene.

I really liked the sleep prescription function, which takes a week's worth of data, with your desired wake up time, and calculates a sleep restriction program for you.

Be warned, if you're having less than 5 hours sleep, it won't do this and will tell you to see a professional. If you live in the UK, you can self refer to your local NHS Iapt service who should provide CBTi. If you can't do this, you might want to know that five hours is the minimum recommended time in bed in CBTi, so if you're having less total sleep than that, decide when you want to get up, and work backwards- voila, your prescribed bedtime.

You also need to be aware that sleep restriction can be hard. It was fairly easy for me because my sleep couldn't get much worse, but you might need to pick your timing, particularly if you have to drive etc during the day and sleep restriction might impair this.

Bottom line: did it help my chronic insomnia? I'm very happy to say that when nothing else had made much impact, it did!

App Privacy

The developer, US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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