«The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the Sleepio app as an effective alternative to sleeping pills.»
«In its guidance, NICE states the app, created by digital therapeutics (DTx) firm Big Health, is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from insomnia.»
«It adds that the app could save the NHS money and reduce prescriptions of medicines such as zolpidem and zopiclone that can be dependency forming.»
«The Sleepio app uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to provide people with tailored digital cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).»
«WHY IT MATTERS«
«Studies show that nearly one-third of adults in the UK experience insomnia symptoms each week. NICE recommends CBT-I as the first-line treatment for insomnia, offered before or alongside medication. However, due to a lack of trained therapists, CBT-I is not routinely available in the NHS for most people living with insomnia.»
Article written by Tammy Lovell.