Effectiveness of Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Treating Insomnia
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of an online cognitive behavioral therapy intervention in improving sleep, mood, and cognitive functioning in people with insomnia.
Insomnia is a disorder that is characterized by a perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking frequently during the night and having difficulty returning to sleep, waking too early in the morning, and unrefreshing sleep. Insomnia may also cause problems during the day, such as tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been found to have significant short- and long-term benefits for people with insomnia. Access to CBT for many people, however, is limited, due to the high cost of treatment and a lack of trained professionals in some locations. Delivering CBT via the internet could help make the treatment more widely available. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of an online CBT intervention in improving sleep, mood, and cognitive functioning in people with insomnia.
Participants in this open label study will be randomly assigned to receive the online CBT intervention either immediately or after a 4-month waiting period. Participants will use the online program for 1 to 2 hours per week for 8 weeks. Participants will keep track of their sleep patterns for the first and last 2 weeks of a 4-month period by keeping a daily diary and wearing a wrist watch device that monitors movement. All participants will report to the study site for baseline evaluations before beginning treatment and for final evaluations upon completing the program, about 4 months after study entry.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) delivered over the Internet
University of Virginia Health System, Behavioral Health and Technology
Active, not recruiting
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00328250
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Periods of sleep manifested by changes in EEG activity and certain behavioral correlates; includes Stage 1: sleep onset, drowsy sleep; Stage 2: light sleep; Stages 3 and 4: delta sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, telencephalic sleep.
Rem Sleep Parasomnias
Abnormal behavioral or physiologic events that are associated with REM sleep, including REM SLEEP BEHAVIOR DISORDER.
Sleep-wake Transition Disorders
Parasomnias characterized by behavioral abnormalities that occur during the transition between wakefulness and sleep (or between sleep and wakefulness).
Sleep Initiation And Maintenance Disorders
Disorders characterized by impairment of the ability to initiate or maintain sleep. This may occur as a primary disorder or in association with another medical or psychiatric condition.
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Dyssomnias (i.e., insomnias or hypersomnias) associated with dysfunction of internal sleep mechanisms or secondary to a sleep-related medical disorder (e.g., sleep apnea, post-traumatic sleep disorders, etc.). (From Thorpy, Sleep Disorders Medicine, 1994, p187)
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