Spending sleepless nights, tossing and turning in bed? If you suffer from insomnia, a sleep disorder that keeps you up even when you should be asleep, you may find a solution in social media.
An expert from Loughborough University has developed a social network platform called Sleepfull, which helps insomniacs access an online talking therapy. The therapy, called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), is based on the fact that falling asleep is strongly influenced by two psychological processes—learning and thinking. Good sleepers learn to feel sleepier while going to bed, and insomniacs learn to feel more alert in bed. According to Kevin Morgan, director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU) at Loughborough, the treatments involve adjusting sleep habits, learning techniques to reduce worries, increasing relaxation at night, and self-monitoring using daily sleep diaries.
This new treatment program could help insomniacs in a very real way.