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AAN 2023 | CBT mobile apps to treat insomnia

Michelle Jonelis, MD, Redwood Pulmonary Medical Associates, Redwood City, CA, discusses the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia (CBT-I). CBT is the recommended treatment for ‘all-comer’ insomnia and insomnia in patients with neurological disorders. Traditional CBT is one-on-one with a psychologist. This is very labor-intensive, and there are not enough specialist psychologists to keep up with the incidence of insomnia. Recently, apps that can provide CBT-I have been developed, and research has shown that they improve insomnia symptoms in ‘all-comer’ patients and in patients with neurological disorders. Dr. Jonelis hopes there will soon be CBT-I app recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Society of Behavioural Sleep Medicine. This interview took place at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2023 in Boston, MA.

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