Sleepio app joins iOS 8’s HealthKit for a good night’s rest (Wired UK)

Sleepio aims to remove the disruptive thoughts that can ruin a good night’s sleep through Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Big Health

Sleepio, the personalised digital sleep aid programme for
insomniacs and other troubled sleepers, is today releasing an app
alongside the launch of iOS 8 to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit
(when it eventually arrives after today’s delay).

The app, which provides access to all of the features afforded
to Sleepio subscribers (and
a seven-day trial for those undecided), contains structured advice
on how to sleep better without resorting to medication. Using a
programme of patterned thought and cognitive behavioural
techniques, Sleepio aims to shift focus at bedtime from disruptive
thoughts — such as those of the future, or anxiety — onto the
meandering, inconsequential thoughts that precede sleep. 

Integration with Apple’s HealthKit (intended to be released
today until a bug forced it to be pulled from the iOS update)
allows iOS 8 users to pair the app to their sleep diary. The
schedule stored on the device will provide more comprehensive sleep
data to The Prof — an amicable cartoon who soothes your sleep
worries with lilting Scottish tones and clinically proven sleep
exercises. After assessing your current sleep issues — from
night-time waking to full-on insomnia — The Prof and his
narcoleptic dog Pavlov are on hand to offer tailored advice to your
current progress in a course, with a “Help Me Now” button for sleep
emergencies. As well as HealthKit integration, the app can also be
synced to wearable trackers, such as the Jawbone UP, for more
effortless recording of sleep habits.

The Prof helps in distinct areas of life to improve rest

Big Health

Sleepio itself is intended as a long-term replacement for, or to
be used in conjunction with, face-to-face therapy. In a
placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial, Sleepio came out
equal with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for helping long-term poor
sleepers. Overall, it was concluded by a team led by Sleepio
founder Professor Colin Espie — of the Nuffield Department of
Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford University — to be quite effective
in managing sleep disruption.

According to the results of their investigation, participants
using the programme fell asleep 56 percent faster, night-time
awakenings were reduced by 63 percent and daytime energy and
concentration were boosted by 58 percent. This is all without the
aid of pharmaceutical intervention, a go-to method prescribed by
many GPs in cofounder Peter Hames’ personal experience.

Tired of being offered prescription drugs at every turn, Hames
turned to a book written by Professor Espie and found that the
methods within helped him go from insomniac to sound sleeper in
just six weeks. “Within weeks my insomnia was cured, sparking
the idea to use technology to make these evidence-based techniques
more accessible and engaging,” Hames said. “I connected with
Professor Espie and together we founded Big Health, with Sleepio as
our first product.”

The app can be downloaded through the App Store, although due to
problems with HealthKit the current release date is unknown, but
the programme can be subscribed to through the
 and accessed online. A course of 12 weeks of the
long term sleep improvement programme costs £99, with a seven-week
free trial and a weekly rate of £14.99 for those who aren’t yet
sure how much a good night’s sleep means to them.

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