A Treatment for Insomnia is the First Ever Digital Therapeutic to Receive NICE Endorsement
- The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has, for the first time, recommended a digital therapeutic to treat insomnia.
- The app Sleepio was developed by digital therapeutics company Big Health, and is a self-help tool which draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles.
- The Sleepio programme includes a sleep test, CBT sessions and regular sleep diary entries, with the entire programme able to be completed in 6 weeks.
- Sleepio uses an Artifical Intelligence algorithm to tailor the CBT to each individual user.
- An online community of clinical experts and fellow Sleepio users is also included within Sleepio.
- Since its original launch in 2010, Big Health have continuously developed and refined Sleepio based on clinical evidence, and published studies now show it to be comparative to sleep hygiene practices and sleeping pills.
- NICE recommend Sleepio as a cost-effective way for the NHS to treat insomnia for primary care patients who would otherwise be offered sleep hygiene or sleeping pills as a treatment.