RESTORE, CCBT Ltd’s digital program for insomnia and sleep issues, was shown to significantly improve insomnia in individuals receiving treatment for mental illness who also suffered from insomnia. This study was conducted at a community mental health center with real-world patients. On average, most participants did not reside in their own home, lived in shelters or with friends, and were unemployed or on disability. A high school education was the most common level achieved. Participants were being treated for a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and PTSD.
Participants in the RESTORE group significantly improved on the Insomnia Severity Index and also rated RESTORE as easy to understand and highly useful. The full study is published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Research has shown that treating insomnia separately as a stand-alone issue in individuals with mental illness not only improves insomnia, but also the mental illness. While cognitive behavioral therapy is the recommended first-line treatment for insomnia, it’s not always available. There is a shortage of qualified therapist and wait-lists are long. This study shows that a program offered digitally has the potential to reach a lot more people and still be effective. The video format of the RESTORE program, as opposed to ones that are more textual in nature, may also be more ideal for populations with lower educational and literacy levels.
For more information on the RESTORE program, click here.
Written by Erin Stair, MD, MPH